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COVID-19 Small Grants

We are delighted to announce that a new round of small grants to support COVID-19 response and recovery is now open for applications.

Amounts available: £250–£2,000

Group annual income: Under £100,000; groups with a larger income working directly with beneficiaries in their immediate locality are also eligible

Type of cost: Project or running costs associated with responding to and recovering from COVID-19

Timescales: Payment will be made by 8th October 2020; grant MUST be spent by 31st March 2021; monitoring to be returned within 12 months of application

Dates: Closes Wednesday 9th September 2020 at midday


These grants are funded from our Community Resilience Fund and aim to give smaller organisations vital funding as they continue to respond to the pandemic, or enter the recovery phase.


This programme will prioritise applications where the group has a small annual income and our funding will form a significant part of the project. These grants can help with ongoing running costs. The number of people participating will be considered (proportional funding).

Applications working in the following areas will be assessed most favourably to receive funding:

  • Supporting the ongoing needs of vulnerable people to maintain their health and wellbeing, in particular tackling educational disadvantage and homelessness
  • Activities that relieve pressure on local statutory services, particularly emergency or health and social care provision
  • Support for vulnerable people self-isolating, such as recommencing of small community/befriending groups
  • Food insecurity, such as foodbanks, combating hardship caused by the pandemic, including child hunger
  • Community response coordination
  • Volunteer costs for new and existing organisations responding to the effect of the crisis
  • Additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community, or promoting digital inclusion
  • Additional support as required for emotional support, mental health and bereavement support
  • If grant funds allow, countering loss of income and fundraising directly linked to the pandemic.

Note that we cannot fund expenses that have already been paid.

Target beneficiaries are:

  • Families
  • Young people and children
  • Seniors
  • Volunteers
  • People with a disability
  • People with mental health difficulties.

PLEASE NOTE: Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously been awarded grant(s) for their COVID-19 response.


You need to complete a short online application form with your contact details, some multiple-choice questions, a brief budget and just one free-text answer. You will need to supply a budget breakdown and specified documentation showing evidence of good governance.

Your application will be assessed by our office-based grants team, and you may be asked further questions about your application at this stage. Our panel will then review and prioritise all the applications. Successful grants will be paid by 8th October 2020, and your project cannot commence before the award is made.

Dates and timings

We are assessing these applications in two tranches on 2nd and 9th September. Early applications will receive quicker attention.

Opening date Closing date (midday)
Wednesday 12th August 2020 Wednesday 9th September 2020

Please note that before you start your application, you MUST download and read the full eligibility criteria from the bottom of this page.

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