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COVID19: Funding Opportunities

Community Engagement

The following funders are offering financial assistance towards community and voluntary sector organisations who are responding to the Coronavirus pandemic:

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council

Community Grants
For information on Council’s current financial assistance opportunities please visit: https://www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk/resident/community-grants/

Allchurches Trust

Hope Beyond
The funding is intended to enable churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities as the longer-term impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis becomes clearer.

Churches, cathedrals and Christian denominational bodies, and Christian charities in the UK and the Republic of Ireland are eligible to apply.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available.


Department for Communities

COVID-19 Charities Fund
£15.5m COVID-19 Charities Fund provides grant awards to meet unavoidable costs for charities which have exhausted all other avenues of support and are facing imminent closure.

It provides financial support to charities who:

  • Have lost income due to the impact of COVID-19 and
  • Are unable to cover unavoidable costs until 30 September 2020.


Any enquiries or requests for further information can be sent to

COVID-19 Discretionary Support Form
To help support people during the COVID-19 pandemic the Department for Communities has put in place a non-repayable GRANT payment to assist with short-term living expenses where a person, or a member of their immediate family, has been infected by COVID-19 or told to self-isolate.

To apply for the grant you can fill in the claim form here through the below link.


Social & Community Capital

Supported by Ulster Bank
Social & Community Capital is a charity funded and supported by Ulster Bank in order to help social enterprises and community businesses.

S&CC Coronavirus Response Fund supports £1 million in grants to organisations across the UK who employ people from disadvantaged or vulnerable groups.

Applications for the S&CC Coronavirus Response Fund are now closed, they’ll be in touch with shortlisted entries shortly.

If you are already a Social & Community Capital customer, please do get in touch with them directly.


The Foyle Foundation

Small Grants Scheme
Small Grants Scheme is designed to support charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Please note we are not able to support individuals.

Online applications can be accepted from charities that have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum. Larger or national charities will normally not be considered under this scheme.

Charities can apply for between £1,000 and £10,000.

There are no deadlines for submission. Online Applications can be received at all times, but it may take up to three months to obtain a decision from Trustees.


Buttle UK

Buttle UK Chances for Children Grants
Award grants of up to £2,000 to support vulnerable children and young people living in poverty and experiencing a crisis, to engage with education and learning and improve their social and emotional development.

All applications must come via a support worker, who has registered on our site. We do not accept applications to Chances for Children from families.

Prioritise applications for the following:

  • Children and young people impacted by domestic abuse
  • Estranged young people (aged 16-20) needing support to engage in education or training
  • Children cared for informally by grandparents, relatives or friends
  • Children and young people who have experienced seriously adverse family circumstances


St Martin in the Fields

The Vicar’s Relief Emergency Fund
This Emergency Fund provides grants under the categories of Basic Essential Needs, Overcoming Barriers to Support and Securing Accommodation to those affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Only accept applications from paid frontline workers who provide support to people experiencing homelessness or whose accommodation might be at risk. Frontline workers include staff working in the voluntary, statutory and public sectors. For example: Resettlement or Outreach workers, CAB advisers, Supported Housing Officers, Mental Health Workers, Drug and Alcohol Support, GPs, Probation Officers, Social Workers, Prison in-reach workers, Police, Health Professionals.


Children in Need

Details of funding opportunities available are on the CIN website. Please check regularly for updates.


Independent Age

Independent Age Grant Fund
Independent Age is a charity working to enable older people to stay independent and live well with dignity, choice, and control. The Charity launched the Independent Age Grants Fund in response to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis on vulnerable older people.

Objectives of Fund
The funding is intended for smaller charities that are making a real and immediate difference to older people living in particularly complex and challenging situations or older people in danger of being out of sight and out of mind during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and beyond.

Grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 are available for up to six months.

Who Can Apply
Organisations that are registered as a charity with The Charity Commission for England and Wales, The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, or The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) can apply.


Alpkit Foundation

Grassroots Support Now
The Alpkit Foundation supports projects that champion education, participation, environment, diversity and health.

The Foundation are currently prioritising their funds to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic with grants of up to £500.

Who Can Apply
Organisations and individuals serving those affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak in the UK may apply.

Applicants are advised to contact the funder to confirm whether restrictions apply.

Eligible Expenditure
Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Being active in local communities to help elderly or vulnerable people.
  • Minimising the impact of self-isolation for those in quarantine and need access to food, medicines or social care.
  • Supporting foodbanks and increasing the number of meals on wheels deliveries to support the elderly.
  • Supporting those who are homeless or in temporary accommodation.
  • Bringing adventure indoors and overcoming the obstacles that prevent people benefiting from going outdoors.

How To Apply
The scheme is now open for applications. Applications can be submitted at any time via Alpkit Foundation’s online form, which can be found on their website.


Freelands Foundation

Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund
For artists and freelancers in England and Northern Ireland in partnership with a-n The Artists Information Company. The £1.5m Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund is supported by the Freelands Foundation, as part of a landmark commitment of £3m towards emergency funds for artists and freelance creative practitioners across the UK affected by the Covid-19 crisis.


Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Covid-19 Response Fund
A £260,000 Covid-19 Response Fund has been made available by the Housing Executive to assist community groups working to respond to the emergency on the ground across Northern Ireland.

Constituted groups, including Housing Community Network groups, organisations and enterprises carrying out activities to support local vulnerable people are eligible to access awards of up to £1500.

Contact your local NIHE Office or Patch Manager on 03448 920 900.


Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland

Small and Medium Grant Programmes
Support for charity and community sectors during these very uncertain and unprecedented times. Both small and medium grant programmes are open for applications – any Covid related applications designed to support the community at this time of crisis will be prioritised and turned around as quickly as possible.



Bags of Help Programme
Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised by the carrier bag charge in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects. The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community. Grants of up to £2,000 are available.


The National Lottery

Community Fund
What you need to know
Firstly, please be reassured that we will continue to honour our current commitments and will continue to be flexible with existing grants. However, COVID-19 will be our priority.

What this means
All funding decisions we make for the next six months will prioritise getting funding to groups best placed to support their communities at this vital time focusing initially on existing grant-holders and applicants.

We will prioritise:
– Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19
– Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of COVID-19
– Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19

If you would like to put in an application that is not related to COVID-19, you are still welcome to do so. However, please be aware that there is likely to be greater competition for our funding, and a delay in our ability to respond.

If you have already submitted an application that is not COVID related, we will be in touch to discuss this specific application with you.


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