Essex Community Foundation

Coronavirus - Other Funders

Below is a list of funding programmes that are open for grant applications. This will be updated reguarly, but for deadline dates please visit individual websites.

Arts Council - Covid-19 Support
Offering individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector financial support during this crisis, totalling £160 million.They have also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of funding, to help alleviate pressure on them as best they can.


Charities Aid Foundation - Coronavirus Emergency Fund
Smaller charities, not for profit organisations, social enterprises and unregistered community groups can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to help them to continue to deliver much needed support to within their communities. The funding is available to help with core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas. CAF will aim for grants to be paid to selected organisations within 14 days of application.


Cadent Foundation (North West, West Midlands, East of England and North London)
Cadent Foundation, a new charitable foundation funded by the UK’s biggest gas network, has committed £240,000 to help food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network as they seek to support people affected by coronavirus.


Comic Relief

Comic Relief is supporting the organisations that it funds, both in the UK and around the world, as they adapt and respond to the massive challenges around coronavirus.  Whether this is through adapting their activities, reviewing their timeframes, or rebudgeting remaining funds, they are helping all of their funded partners as they respond to new needs and vulnerabilities.


Crisis - Emergency Grant
Crisis has established an emergency grants fund to support local groups who are financially affected by additional demands on their resources and who have expanded their provision to meet the current needs of those experiencing homelessness across the UK.  Grants of up to £5,000 are avaliable for short-term responses to the coronavirus emergency; and grants of up to £50,000 to fund long-term needs and potential expansion or change in service delivery.


Greggs Foundation

Funding for emergency food parcels, hardship payments and other support to schools and community hubs. Give As You Live – cancels donation fees for food banks.


Fowler, Smith and Jones Trust - Emergency Support

The trust are interested in hearing from groups that can clearly express the losses they will incur in the coming months due to the current COVID-19 crisis. This could be losses from not being able to fundraise due to events being banned, café or other retail spaces being closed etc. that would usually support the core costs of your operation. Groups who have been supported previously by the trust will be favoured and an explanation of your current level of reserves and why they have that status will need to be provided. To get in touch with the trust please send a short email with the aforementioned detail to Please note applications are usually received by post, however their office is currently closed and post will not be collected.


John Lewis Partnership - Community Support Fund
The JL Fund is making £1 million available to communities across the UK. Teams in each shop will work together with their communities to choose the best way to use the fund. Help could include setting up additional local delivery services to support the self-isolating, the vulnerable, the elderly and those looking after them; delivering boxes of staples to local care homes and community groups, and donating products to create care packages for customers to share with vulnerable neighbours.


The National Lottery Community Fund
Have released up to £300m in National Lottery funding and devoting it entirely to addressing the current crisis. Their priorities for funding are organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19, organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of COVID-19 and organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19.


The National Lottery Heritage Fund - Emergency Fund
A £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 will be available to organisations which have received funding in the past or are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant. Priority will be given where there is limited or no access to other sources of support; where heritage is most at risk; and where an organisation is at risk of severe financial crisis due to COVID-19.


Tesco Bags of Help  - Covid-19 Communities Fund
Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. Organisations that support vulnerable groups will be encouraged to apply for a grant of £500 to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects. Applications will be welcomed from a wide range of organisations including: voluntary and community organisations, registered charities, schools, health bodies, Parish and Town councils, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, community councils, local authorities and social housing organisations.


Thomas Pocklington Trust - COVID-19 Emergency Fund 
To support the essential role sight loss organisations play in providing vital services to blind and partially sighted people, Thomas Pocklington Trust has suspended its normal grant funding activities and set up an emergency fund for sight loss organisations. £500,000 of essential support will be available to sight loss sector organisations which are providing critical services for the physical and emotional well-being of blind and partially sighted people in these uncertain times.  Grants will be available of up to £10,000 pounds or the equivalent of two months’ running costs (whichever is less) for use over the next six months.


Santandar Foundation
UK registered charities, Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions registered in the UK.  Our programme aims to support small, local charities who have one year of accounts registered with the relevant commission.


Standard Life Foundation - Coronavirus pandemic
Funding is available for work in the UK that is directly related to the pandemic, addressing specific challenges and helping to contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK. The work the Foundation might consider in relation to the pandemic is rapid analysis of key issues, for example, self-employed workers, the food and hospitality or social care sectors. Grants from £5,000 upwards are available.


Sport England - Community Emergency Fund
This new fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Awards will be between £300 and £10,000. In exceptional circumstances Sport England will consider awards of more than £10,000.


Yapp Charitable Trust

Small UK charities affected by the impact of COVID-19, grants up to £3k. Registered charities in England and Wales, with a total annual expenditure of less than £40k; core costs and staffing.


Youth Music Network (England) - Emergency Fund
Youth Music have launched an Emergency Fund for music-making organisations affected by the coronavirus. Through this fund grants of up to £10,000 are available.  Priority will be given to people and organisations in the most immediate need.