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Coronavirus Funding

Regional and national Coronavirus funding

The largest community funder in the UK from money raised by National Lottery players. They support communities and want to help make a difference to people's lives.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the Coronavirus outbreak. There are two types of grant available: £3,000-£50,000 to help organisations with essential costs over the next four months, and £50,000-£250,000 to help organisations looking after at-risk heritage assets over the next four months.

The KCF Coronavirus Emergency Fund will take applications for grants of up to £10,000 from charities with an annual income of £200,000 or less.

A Coronavirus Emergency Bridging Loan from Kent Community Foundation is an unsecured loan available to charities, CICs and CIOs in Kent and Medway, specifically to 'bridge' the gap in funding as a result of Coronavirus. 

An addition to KCF’s Emergency Fund, and is able to consider requests from larger organisations with income up to £1m. NET are particularly keen to support projects on the Coronavirus front-line. 

Charities facing a funding crisis due to Coronavirus are encouraged to apply to Colyer-Fergusson Trust through this programme under the ‘stabilising’ theme.

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.

£20m fund specifically targeted at community sport and physical activity organisations, including those not currently supported by Sport England.

The Arts Council are making £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during the Coronavirus crisis. 

The Community Support Fund is making £1million available to communities across the UK.

There is a network of thousands of co-operatives across the UK, from community owned pubs, fan owned football clubs to farmer controlled businesses. Co-operatives are worth £36 billion to the UK economy.

Locality is a membership charity that helps local communities to build a fairer society. They offer hands-on advice, peer learning and resources to help community organisations grow and be successful.

The Plunkett Foundation helps rural communities across the UK. They support community businesses, such as shops, pubs and woodlands.

Offering grants up to £100,000 to community-led organisations that are providing vital support to communities and are struggling financially because of Covid-19. The scheme is aimed at organisations delivering services in their local community to support people who are at high risk from Covid-19, with an emphasis on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)-led or BAME-supporting businesses, who are particularly encouraged to apply.

Other funding sources for the voluntary and community sector

A government list of resources and other funds available to the sector is being regularly updated.