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 Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced £400m of grants and loans in the second round of the £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England are awarding £36m of grants from this fund to support organisations and businesses who own, manage or work with heritage in England.

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.

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. 

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

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

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.

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.