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Covid-19 Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Many funders (including LLST) are signatories to the London Funders' statement on sector support. Speak to any funders as soon as you can about your current situation and any expected impact on projects, staffing etc.

Barclays 100x100 Community Relief Programme - applications now closed

Barclays are making 100 donations of £100,000 each to UK charities working to support vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19, and the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis - a £10m commitment.

UK registered charities with an income over £1m are invited to apply for a donation to support their relief work by the closing date of Friday 22 May, 2020.

Baring Foundation - Strenghtening Civil Society

There are three new funding streams to support grantholders and broader civil society to tackle the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Deadlines are staggered throughout 2020.

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund - applications paused

Available for organisations with a turnover below £1m. You can apply for unrestricted funding of up to £10,000 for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas. You must be able to describe how an emergency grant will improve the situation for your organisation and community. 

Community Justice Fund

A nationwide funding pot for specialist legal advice charities. This is a joint initiative, hosted by the Access to Justice Foundation, to help specialist social welfare legal advice organisations cope with the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and lay the foundations for longer-term renewal.

Crisis - applications paused

Funding for agencies working on homelessness prevention and support. Small (£5,000) and larger (up to £50,000) grants are available. 

London Funders' Community Response Fund

A collaboration with other organisations has created a £17 million pot to help support groups responding to the needs of communities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Many funders and organisations (including LLST) are receiving grant applications through this one portal to try and ensure a joined-up approach to funding.

Funding is currently open for emergecny grants. 'Delivering Differently' applications have been paused from Tuesday 19th May, but 'Crisis Response' is still open. Further funding announcements expected late June.

The National Lottery Community Fund

This £200m fund is part of the Government's £750m support package for charities. Grants are generally for six months, but longer timeframes will be considered. A wide range of funding amounts are available, starting from £300. Funding of £10,000-£100,000 is available, with larger amounts considered, as well as partnership applications being available.

The Leathersellers' Charitable Fund - closed to new applications

Specific focus on organisations supporting those at risk of homelessness, food insecurity, and victims of domestic violence. Up to £3,000 for small projects or unexpected costs.

Standard Life Foundation - applications closed

Rolling fast-track applications open for strategic work. The work must aim to create a change in policy, practice, attitudes and/or behaviour. Read their funding guidelines and check if your organisation is eligible. Grants from £5k+.


Area specific funding:

Community Foundation for Surrey

Coronavirus Response Fund has launched to support local charities and voluntary organisations that are assisting some of Surrey's most vulnerable people. Grants of up to £5k.

FSJ Charites - Essex

FSJ incorporates three Trusts, and they are providing Emergency Funding to organisations based in Essex. There is no formal application form, so please contact them for further details.

Hackney Giving - applications now closed

Mid-April onwards: grants of up to £3,000 to small, not-for-profit organisations in Hackney whose activities have been impacted by coronavirus or which have seen an increase in service demand.

National Emergency Trust Coronavirus Appeal - East End Community Foundation

East End Emergency Fund has been launched to support the local voluntary and community sector. Appeal is ongoing so no set funding announced yet, but if you are in need of funding to deliver emergency or immediate response activities please email brief information to

EECF is also part of the National Emergencies Trust (NET) Coronavirus Appeal and should have further allocated funds to distribute soon.

Sussex Crisis Fund

Designed to help fund the emerging needs facing the community, charities and community groups that support them, at this time. Initially, emergency grants of up to £5,000 are available.

UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham Community Coronavirus (Covid-19) Fund

Emergency fund for groups working in our local community, in partnership with Hammersmith & Fulham Council. The fund is open for applications for community organisations, with micro grants available.

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