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COVID19: Funding Opportunities

Community Engagement

NEWS: NICVA is offering free access to GrantTracker for a month for community groups to help you access all the funders you can, not just new Covid-19 related grants, but also grants for your work after the pandemic: https://www.nicva.org/article/free-granttracker-for-one-month-during-covid-19-crisis

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/

Sport NI

Sports Hardship Fund
Sport NI in partnership with the Department for Communities are re-opening the Sports Hardship Fund to help sports clubs and other organisations delivering sporting activities, who are experiencing financial hardship.

The Sports Hardship Fund initially opened on 14 April and has provided support totalling £1.245M to help over 600 sports clubs maintain facilities during the lockdown.

This fund will close for completed applications at 12 noon on Wednesday 5th August 2020.


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.


Public Health Agency

Covid-19 Community Funding
Programmes eligible for funding should promote healthy lifestyle choices. Projects which have benefitted from this programme previously have included workshops focusing on, for example, drugs and alcohol awareness, autism and young women, postnatal depression, stress management programmes including teaching young people stress management techniques, personal development programmes, ‘Hope Ambassador’ training, and parenting programmes.

This year the programme will allow groups to apply for a wider range of programmes with the aim of achieving better health and wellbeing as a result of the impact of COVID-19.

Two types of awards are available under this scheme:

  • Award one programme of up to £1,000 that non-constituted and constituted non-profit taking community/ voluntary sector groups can apply for; and
  • Award two programme of between £1,001 and to a maximum of £5,000 for constituted, non-profit taking community/ voluntary sector groups.

The closing date for applications for these grants is Thursday 6th August 2020 at 3pm.


Further details are available from the Clear Project on (028) 7138 3386 or

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.


The Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Department for Communities is contributing £1 million to support arts organisations and the Arts Council is contributing £500,000 from its National Lottery Fund to support freelance artists, creative practitioners and performers.

The Creative Support funding package comprises two strands. Both funds will be administered by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

The Artists Emergency Programme (AEP)
Due to the high level of demand, this programme has been closed until further notice. For more information visit: artscouncil-ni.org/funding/scheme/artists-emergency-programme

Organisations Emergency Programme
£500,000 to support small- to medium-sized arts organisations with individual grants of up-to £25,000. £500,000 held to monitor demand across the Organisations and Artists Emergency Programmes and allocated as projects develop. This is a rolling programme, co-designed by the Arts Council and DfC.

Deadline for applications: Friday 12th June 2020 at 4pm


The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust Charity

The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust Charity Survival Fund
The grant funding aims to help small and medium-sized UK registered charities who are struggling with a loss of income in the current financial year due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

UK registered charities can apply. There is particular interest in applications from small, local charities.

Charities must be working within the Trust’s three key funding areas as follows:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Welfare and Education
  • Arts and Culture

Grants of between £1,000 and £250,000 are available. It is expected that around 200 charities across the country will be funded.

Applications will be accepted from 6 July 2020 until 5pm on 27 July 2020.

Co-op Local

Community Fund
The Co-op Local Community Fund supports projects across the UK that their members care about. They want to help communities to come together, co-operate and have a positive impact on community wellbeing – physically and virtually.

Use the online form at https://causes.coop.co.uk/ to ‘apply now’ to be one of their causes. If you’re successful, the funding period will begin on 25 October. Applications must be completed by midnight on 12 July 2020.

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.



COVID-19 Response Fund (Small Grants)
Rosa is a grant making charity that was launched in 2008 and supports grassroots women’s organisations, with the aim of making the UK a fairer, safer place for women.

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available for a period of up to six months.

Who Can Apply
Organisations that are non-profitable and run predominantly by, for and with women can apply. They do not have to be registered charities, but their activities must be charitable, legal and for the benefit of women.


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

COVID-19 Response Programmes
The COVID-19 Response Programmes are as follows:

  • The COVID-19 2020 Booster Grants programme opened to current BBC Children in Need grant-holders from Monday 18th May 2020 and enables organisations to apply for funding up to £5,000 over a 6 month period.
  • The COVID-19 Large Grants programme opened to applications from 8th June 2020 and enables organisations to apply for funding up to £80,000 over an 18 month period.
  • The COVID-19 Next Step Grants Programme opened to applications from 10th June 2020 to help not-for-profit organisations with more complex service adaption in their work with disadvantaged children and young people in the UK who are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Applications close on 01/07/2020. https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/grants/covid-19-funding-streams/

More details on these funds are available 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.


Ecclesiastical Insurance

Ecclesiastical Movement for Good Awards
Ecclesiastical Insurance is inviting nominations to its £1 million Movement for Good Awards.

The £1 million giving programme has two funding phases:

  • 500 charities will each receive £1,000 during the first phase which launched on 6 May. Nominations will be accepted until 24 May 2020 (23:59)
  • A second phase will take place later in the summer with further details to come.

Anyone can nominate a charity to receive the £1,000 donation as long as the charity:

  • is registered in the UK and Republic of Ireland
  • has been in existence for at least six months
  • is a not-for-profit organisation
  • does not discriminate unlawfully in any way or support any specific political party or affiliated group.

Eligible charities could range from smaller, volunteer-run groups to larger, well-known organisations.

A charity can win only once but they can be nominated multiple times. The more nominations a charity gets, the more likely they are to win a donation.

Entry is free and must be made via the online nomination form available on the website.

The winners will be selected at random from a pool of nominations and announced during the first 12 days of June.

The deadline for entries for a £1,000 grant is 24 May 2020 (23:59)


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.


The National Emergencies Trust

The NET Fund
An appeal to raise funds to help local charities to support those individuals suffering hardship as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The money raised will be distributed through a number of charitable organisations to ensure it reaches those who need it most. The NET fund opened for donations on 18th March and details of the NET fund and criteria for groups to apply for funding will follow. In Northern Ireland, this will be administered by the Community Foundation for NI in addition to their own Coronavirus Community Fund.


Henderson Group

Community Cashback Grant

£20,000 to support communities in NI. Applications welcomed from voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, health bodies, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies. Other not-for-profit organisations might be eligible. Businesses and ‘for profit’ organisations are not eligible.  A full list and application process is available on the website

Applications open Thursday 23rd April and close on Thursday 20th May 2020.


The Community Foundation Northern Ireland

The New Needs Fund

£3,000 to £15,000 – Projects must be complete by the end of February 2021, with end of grant reports completed by Friday 12th March 2021.

Initiatives that empower and connect community based organisations; Initiatives that have a clear social impact; Initiatives that involve those with lived experience; Organisations who have fewer live grants, ie: less than four live grants, at any one time. Organisations who have received financial support from the Coronavirus Community Fund are eligible to apply for this funding providing the request is for a new project in line with the New Needs Fund criteria.

Closing Date: 28 August 2020 at 1pm


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.


The Prince’s Countryside Fund

Rural Response Emergency Grants Programme
The Prince’s Countryside Fund is inviting applications for emergency funding from farming and rural community support groups, who are providing assistance to counter the effects of isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic.

With thanks to Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, groups can apply for grant funding of up to £2,500 if they:

  • are providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals or;
  • are providing support to farmers and farm businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic or;
  • are helping rural or farming communities to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic



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.



Neighbourly Community Fund
With the support of partner businesses M&S, Lidl, Aldi, Danone and Coca-Cola European Partners, Neighbourly are launching a series of micro-grants of up to £400, to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the new Coronavirus outbreak. Grants will be awarded to existing members of Neighbourly in UK and Ireland whose work will involve supporting members of the community suffering economically, socially or from ill health as a result of the outbreak. This may include, but not be limited to, elderly people, those on low incomes and people at risk of food insecurity. Grants are unrestricted and can go towards food provision, emergency supplies, practical support, running costs, transport and other essentials.


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.


National Lottery Heritage Fund

Heritage Emergency Fund
Funding to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus outbreak.  The funding is for organisations that cannot secure funding from other sources.

The Heritage Fund is designed for short-term funding to support the immediate actions required to stabilise operations and manage unforeseen risks.

To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • A not-for-profit organisation
  • A current or previous recipient of a grant directly from the Heritage Lottery
  • An owner, manager or representative of heritage, or be able to show they have delivered participatory heritage activity.


Comic Relief NI

No Child Goes Hungry Fund
Grants are available for community-based third sector organisations in Northern Ireland that support families with children under the age of 10 who may face food poverty as a result of the order to close schools and/or loss of household income as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


Charities Aid Foundation

Coronavirus Emergency Fund
Organisations in the UK with charitable activities can apply for up to £10,000 to support day to day activities in the current health emergency or Covid-19 emergency response activities.

Due to being over-subscribed, the Fund stopped accepting applications on Monday 6 April at 5.00pm.

CAF hopes to expand the fund and reopen it as and when there is additional money which can be granted to organisations.


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