Research by the Institute of Fundraising, NCVO and Charity Finance has found that 52% of charities have already had to reduce their services in response to the COVID-19 crisis. As a result, many organisations are now in an extremely precarious position, often having to deliver additional services with fewer volunteers and staff members, while having to cancel fundraising activities.

Here's a list of emergency funds for charities and social enterprises that are experiencing difficulties. We'll update it as new opportunities are identified, so please contact if you're aware of any funds that should be included.

UK wide funds

Barclays COVID-19 Community Aid Package

The newly launched Barclays Foundation will initially provide a COVID-19 Community Aid Package of £100 million to charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by the crisis, and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship.

Bounce Back Loan Scheme

On 4 May the Government launched the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) to enable businesses and charities to obtain a six-year term loan at a Government set interest rate of 2.5% a year. Loans will be from £2,000 up to 25% of a business’ turnover or £50,000, whichever is lower. The Government will cover interest payable in the first year. The borrower remains 100% liable for the debt.

For more information and to apply, visit the GOV.UK website.

Cadent Foundation

The recently-launched Cadent Foundation is funded by the UK’s biggest gas network Cadent. UK charities or groups with charitable purposes can submit applications for grants of up to £100,000.

Applications close on 31 May. Visit the Cadent Foundation website for details of the grants and how to apply.

Charities Aid Foundation

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched a £5m Coronavirus Emergency Fund to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of COVID-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. You can apply for unrestricted funding for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas.

Applications for the initial round of funding are currently paused.


Crowdfunder, the UK crowdfunding platform, has removed fees for charity and community group users during the crisis.

Emergency loan fund for charities and social enterprises

The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund will enable social lenders to provide emergency loans to eligible charities and social enterprises. No personal guarantees and no fees or interest will apply for 12 months. This is part of a £100 million package of support announced by Big Society Capital.

Applications for the Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund are now open.

National Emergencies Trust

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has launched an appeal to raise funds for local charities and grassroots organisations that have been impacted by coronavirus. The Trust is planning to distribute grants through a network of local community foundations. Organisations in need of funding will need to apply directly to a community foundation, not to the NET.

To find your local community foundation, visit the Community Foundations website.

National Lottery Community Fund

All National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) funding decisions in the next six months (up to £300m of funding) will be devoted to responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The NLCF will prioritise existing grant holders and applicants with activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis, and helping organisations overcome liquidity issues caused by COVID-19.


Martin Lewis from MoneySavingExpert has offered £1m in grants of £5,000 to £20,000 for small registered charities, or local arms of bigger charities, across the UK.

Standard Life Foundation

The Standard Life Foundation has launched funding for work directly related to the coronavirus pandemic. Applications are open to all organisations undertaking charitable work. It's likely that grants will be made in the range of £5,000 to £50,000, however, there is no set amount that people can apply for.

Applications are currently open - see coronavirus funding application

John Lewis Partnership

The John Lewis Partnership has announced a £1m Community Support Fund to help communities across the UK help those in need.

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

A new short-term fund to support local communities. Organisations supporting vulnerable groups can apply for a single payment award of £500.

Check the Tesco Community Grants website for details - the fund is currently closed in some areas.

The Yapp Charitable Trust

The Yapp Charitable Trust has invited small UK charities affected by COVID-19 to apply for grants of up to £3,000. Registered charities in England and Wales, with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000, can apply for funding for core costs and staffing.

The grant fund is currently open - visit The Yapp Charitable Trust website for details of how to apply.

England funding

Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund

Voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations can apply for a Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF) grant to help them continue to provide mental health services or provide additional support. With £5m support from government (the Department of Health and Social Care), grants of £20,000 or £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to 12 months.

Visit the Mind website for information.

National Lottery Awards for All England

The programme provides funding between £300 and £10,000, and is currently accepting applications from voluntary and community organisations in England.

For eligibility criteria, visit the National Lottery Awards for All England website.

Northern Ireland funding

Coronavirus Community Fund (Northern Ireland)

The Coronavirus Community Fund is open to constituted organisations based in Northern Ireland that are supporting isolated people over 50. Projects must help to:

  • reduce isolation and vulnerability of older people who are physically self-isolating due to COVID-19
  • support the ongoing wellbeing of older people
  • ensure older people remain connected with the outside world during the current crisis

Grants will typically be £1,000, but larger grants of up to £2,500 may be available for some projects. The money can be used for a variety of purposes, including running costs. Examples given of suitable projects include those enabling older people to keep warm, access a nutritious meal, access technology, or stay connected via telephone or technology.

The fund is currently open to applications and will remain open on a rolling call basis. For further details on the fund and to apply, visit Coronavirus Community Fund page.

National Lottery Awards for All Northern Ireland

The programme provides funding between £300 and £10,000, and is currently accepting applications from voluntary and community organisations in Northern Ireland.

For eligibility criteria please visit the National Lottery Awards for All Northern Ireland website.

Scotland funding

The Scottish Government has announced several initiatives to support communities affected by COVID-19. These include:

  • £50m Wellbeing Fund for charities and other organisations that work with at-risk people who may be badly affected by the crisis, including homeless people and those experiencing fuel poverty
  • £40m Supporting Communities Fund to support community efforts deemed to be vital to national resilience, including projects supporting people at risk because of age or isolation, along with those supporting carers, homeless people and asylum seekers. The fund will be allocated through community anchor organisations and you do not need to be a registered charity to apply.

  • £20m Third Sector Resilience Fund to support social sector organisations affected by cash flow and other issues as a result of coronavirus. It will be delivered by Firstport, Social Investment Scotland and the Corra Foundation and will provide grants of between £5,000 and £100,000. The fund is currently open, check the fund website for eligibility.

National Lottery Awards for All Scotland

The programme provides funding between £300 and £10,000 and is currently accepting applications from voluntary and community organisations in Scotland.

For eligibility criteria please visit the National Lottery Awards for All Scotland website.

Wales funding

The Welsh Government has announced a £400m grant pot to provide support to Welsh businesses, social enterprises and charities affected by the pandemic. This includes:

  • grants of £10,000 for micro-businesses employing up to nine people
  • grants of up to £100,000 for small and medium sized firms with between 10 and 249 employees

Applications are now open and invited through local authority websites.

National Lottery Awards for All Wales

The programme provides funding between £300 and £10,000, and is currently accepting applications from voluntary and community organisations in Wales. 

For eligibility criteria, visit the National Lottery Awards for All Wales website.