Check this section for funding opportunities available for members of the network.

This section contains a compilation of sources of funding available to help charities and other community organisations respond to the Covid-19 crisis. We will endeavour to keep this page up to date but please always check deadlines and if you come across other sources of funding let us know and we can add them to the list.


The Government’s Community Ownership Fund is now live and application forms are online. The application portal opens 30th July and the first round deadline is 13th August. This £150m fund is for communities in all four nations to bid for up to £250,000 match funded grants to take over community assets that would otherwise be lost.

Co-op Community Fridge Fund (UK): The Hubbub Foundation, in partnership with the Co-op, has re-opened the Co-op Community Fridge Fund to build on their existing network of Community Fridges around the UK.

Food Power for Generation Covid: Round 2 funding - Food Power member alliances will be able to apply to round 2 of the funding for up to £25,000 for activites running up to late February 2021.

Good Food Fund - fund provides business support and allocates finances to start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) committed to bringing healthier children’s brands to market and making healthier food products available to families on lower incomes.

Women in Innovation Awards 2020/2021  - Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is offering 10 Women in Innovation Awards to female entrepreneurs across the UK. The winners will receive a £50,000 grant and a bespoke package of mentoring, coaching and business support

National Lottery Community Fund grants - From £300 to £10,000

BBC Children in Need - Booster Grants programme is open to current BBC Children in Need grant-holders and Large Grants programme will open to applications from 8th June 2020 and will enable organisations to apply for funding up to £80,000 over an 18 month period.

Grants online have a list of regional funding programmes to assist local organisations in responding to the challenges of the Covid-19. The list is being updated over the next few days and weeks as and when information becomes available.

AVIVA Community Fund - Applications are now open for the next round of the Aviva Community Fund until 28th July.

£25m Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund - New fund for social enterprises and charities who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of Covid-19

Charities Aid Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Fund – Grants of up to £10,000 to help organisations with a charitable purpose continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK. This is intended as a rapid response fund aiming to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application.

National Emergencies Trust launches Covid-19 appeal – Grants aimed at supporting grassroots charities and groups who’ll be supporting some of society’s the most vulnerable people throughout the outbreak. There are 46 accredited Community Foundations in the UK, covering all of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and most of England. Charities and groups looking for funding should find their local community foundation and apply.

National Lottery Heritage Fund - £50million fund to support the heritage sector available for grants of between £3,000 and £50,000. It is available to organisations across the full breadth of heritage, including parks and gardens.

Covid-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant - Defra made £3.25m available through the Resource Action Fund administered by WRAP. Funding is available for small surplus food redistributors and medium to larger operators.

Barclays launches £100 million COVID-19 Community Aid Package - available to charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19, and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis.

Charity Turn2Us - Published a webpage for individuals looking for support and crisis grants.

Prince’s Trust Grant - For young people whose businesses have been affected by Covid-19.

Power to Change C-19 Emergency Trading Income Support Scheme -  £12 million emergency support package to provide both immediate and medium-term help for community businesses facing a loss of income 

GroceryAid fund - To support workers in the food supply chain deal with the impact of Covid-19, including mental health support, bereavement financial assistance and crisis grants 



SFP Food Resilience Grants- SFP is offering a total of approximately £300,000 worth of funding over two categories of grants, each to be spent between April 2021 and the end of October 2021. 

Local authority Emergency Assistance Grant for Food and Essential Supplies -for local authorities in England to use to support people who are struggling to afford food and other essentials due to COVID-19.

Free school meals-  Free school meals support in the form of supermarket vouchers or food parcels will be provided over the summer holidays for all children who are registered for free school meals. 

Defra Food Charities Grand Fund - Grants up to £100,000, please apply as soon as possible

London Community Response Fund - Wave 1 Small Grants up to £5,000 available to groups providing food and essentials to the most vulnerable people. A second wave of funding will be available in April for larger grants, service transformation costs, and ongoing work to support communities.

Hackney Hot Meals Grant - Applications reviewed from 14 April are open to existing charities, non-profit organisations and social enterprise providers that are already delivering hot food to scale up the existing production and delivery of meals provided to vulnerable residents.

East End Community Fund - Funds from this appeal will go towards local community groups and projects working to help the most needy and vulnerable during this crisis across Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham. 

Forever Manchester Community Support Fund 

Quartet Community Foundation - Grants up to £5,000 for single organisations and up to £20,000 for partnerships based in the South West.

Southwark Covid-19 Community Grants - The Council now provides cash grants to registered charities, as well as some local community and volunteer groups within Southwark. The grants will be made as single payments, and are available each month until July 2020.



The Local Places for Nature scheme, run by Keep Wales Tidy, are currently accepting applications for new projects. The "community food growing area package" includes the materials and support to create a 140m2+ food growing area. Funding deadlines are the 28th June and 26th July.

Third Sector Resilience Fund - Funding to provide cash flow support for voluntary organisations in Wales during the current Covid-19 crisis.

Voluntary Services Emergency Fund - A new grant scheme to enable voluntary organisations providing vital support during the Coronavirus crisis to continue and expand their work.




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