Funding Update September 2021

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Funding Update August 2021

Funding Workshop

Our September Funding Workshop will focus on Easyfundraising and we are delighted to confirm that Becky Coleman, Partnerships manager with Easyfundraising,  will be joining us to explain how Easyfundriaising works and how your group might benefit.   So save the date; Tuesday 21st September at 1.30pm.   The meeting will be held on Teams.   This is your opportunity to ask questions and find out if Easyfundraising is for you and your group.   To book your place please use the link below;

Future Funding Workshops – we are hoping to continue to hold regular on-line funding workshops and plan to approach National Lottery Community Fund and Foundation Derbyshire to feature in future workshops.  If there is a particular funder you think you and other groups would like to know more about let me know ( and I will invite them. 

Foundation Derbyshire

Grants Email:   

Foundation Derbyshire is proud to be Derbyshire’s local funder, they have been offering a wide variety of grants to community & voluntary groups working across Derby and Derbyshire for over 25 years. 

Grants up to £2,000 are available, which can be used to support core running costs, equipment / resources, or new ideas.  No closing dates, apply whenever you are ready.

Foundation Derbyshire is a registered Charity and independent grant maker that promotes and encourages local philanthropy, with funds set up by local philanthropists; families, individuals and businesses who want to put back into Derbyshire.

If you would like to apply for a grant, contact them first.  Their grants team will offer advice and support, and will talk you through their timeframes, fund matching service and give hints and tips.

Deadline: None – apply at any time 

VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund

The Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Fund 2021/22 is now live with a focus on providing support to families and children’s services due to a predicted increase in paediatric respiratory viral infections during autumn and winter 2021. 

Funding is available for both local and national VCSE organisations who are already delivering existing services that can be expanded to provide additional support for children, families and children’s respiratory and acute services during autumn/winter 2021 and raise awareness of management of respiratory infections within communities that experience the greatest health inequalities. 

Grants are available between £75,000 - £300,000. 

Further information can be found here NHS England » Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Fund 2021/22: Information pack. Applications and questions regarding the fund must be submitted through our online portal. 

Deadline: Noon 27 August 2021. 

Tesco Community Grants

Tesco community grants are currently requesting applications from charities and community groups that deliver projects that help tackle food insecurity in their communities. This might include, for example; breakfast clubs, holiday clubs and food banks. 

Grants are a maximum of £1,500 and projects are voted on by Tesco customers in stores across the UK with projects changing every three months. 

Deadline: None – apply at any time 

Glossop Only
Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

GMCVO have launched the second year of a grants programme to support people from communities of identity or experience, based in Greater Manchester (and Glossop), that may struggle to achieve high levels of mental wellbeing. 

Following the success of year 1, a second year of the GM Mental Wellbeing grants programme has been agreed which will build on the lessons learned and successful projects delivered.

The communities identified are:

  • Carers
  • People from BAME communities
  • People living with long term physical or mental health conditions
  • People who identify as LGBTQI
  • Disabled people
  • Military veterans
  • People who are unemployed
  • Socially isolated older people

Funded by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, a total of £90,000 will be awarded in year 2 with grants awarded between August and November 2021.

The grants will be awarded, in two stages, to small, grassroots VCSE organisations that will support people to develop high levels of mental wellbeing.

The first stage, a rolling micro grants round of £100 - £750, launched on Monday 2 August 2021. The aim is to communicate decisions to applicants within three weeks of submission. 

Deadline: This grants round will close on Friday 29 October 2021 at 16:00.
The second stage, a small grants round of £750 - £3,000, will launch in September 2021.

McCarthy Stone Foundation 

The Foundation has issued revised guidance ahead of the launch of their Community Grant Programme 2021 due later this month.  Their aim is to provide support for those who need it most, in particular;

  • Older people facing isolation, loneliness or poor health
  • Young people who are falling behind personally or academically
  • Communities in need of regeneration.

A strong application will be one that addresses all three themes, but applications that address the first priority and one of the two other priorities are also eligible.  

Eligible organisations are: charities, CICs, community groups, social enterprises.  The average grant size is £5K.  Organisational turnover is not considered as part of the decision  making process but the levels of reserves are.  There is a three stage application process which includes an expression of interest, call with Foundation manager and a complete application.  Applications are scored on;

  • Focus – how well does the project align with the Foundations priorities?
  • Impact – what change will the funding bring about?
  • Risk – how deliverable is the proposed activity?
  • Organisation – it is well managed and does it align with the Foundations values? 

Those needing help to complete an application are advised they can ask for assistance providing they have first read the guidance.  

Deadline:  Yet to be confirmed but sometime in August 2021 with a three week application window.  The next review of applications will be 21 September 2021.   A further round will open in November 2021. 

High Peak Health and Wellbeing Partnership 5 Ways to Wellbeing and Small Grants Scheme

The latest round of Public Health 5 Ways to Wellbeing and Small Grants Scheme for High Peak will be launched this month.   It will award grants of upto £1K.  This year, the two funds have been combined to enable a quicker and more efficient application process with a change in focus.

Priorities: After a difficult 12 months, we want to help groups and organisations that are looking to return to delivering their services or support after the recent pandemic. Therefore, applicants will be prioritised if they can demonstrate any of the following:

  • how the funding will help the organisation restart their service
  • how the funding will help people within the High Peak recover from the challenges caused by the Pandemic
  • how the funding will help support the organisation to recover from the impact of the pandemic

In addition, The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a set of national evidence-based actions (developed by the New Economics Foundation) which promote people’s wellbeing. They are Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.  These activities are simple things individuals can do in their everyday lives which have been proven to help improve people’s mental wellbeing. Applications will also be prioritised if your group / organisation looks to support people at higher risk of mental ill health and can meet any or all of these 5 Ways to Wellbeing.

Applications are welcome from any voluntary/community groups or local people within the High Peak area who come together to support the health and wellbeing of their community are eligible to apply for funding. We want to hear from people who’d like to make a difference to their community.    

The grant scheme will be administered by High Peak CVS.  Application forms and guidance are will shortly be available from the HPCVS website or from Donna on   

Deadline: The application process is open until all funds are spent. The panel will aim to meet on a fortnightly basis to make decisions on applications and therefore you are encouraged to get your applications in as soon as possible.


Hubbub are offering funding and support to groups looking to set up Community Fridges. 

Community Fridges:

  • Reduce food waste and its environmental impact 
  • Help to reduce social isolation and provide a welcoming space for all  
  • Increase access to nutritious food such as fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Increase access to food and growing skills and circular economy initiatives  

In partnership with Co-op, Environmental Charity Hubbub is looking to support 100 community organisations across the UK to establish a new Community Fridge. Community fridges are registered places where surplus food is shared within a local community – by businesses and individuals. They are welcoming, social spaces that are open to all.   

Grants of up to  £4,000 funding to cover start-up and running costs, plus free membership to the Community Fridge Network, along with full support, information and guidance on how to get your project started. 

Deadline: 20 September 2021

The Ashworth Trust

Registered charities, with an income under £1m pa can apply to The Ashworth Trust which support a wide range of causes including the vulnerable, disability, women, the homeless, human rights, and young people. 

Grants are usually up to £3k, sometimes £5k. Trustees hold biannual meetings in May and November. Successful applicants will be informed within 6 weeks of the relevant meeting.

Deadline: 31 August

Funding Update July 2021

Funding Opportunity for Voluntary Organisations and Groups

Fundraising website easyfundraising are offering free support calls with a funding advisor to help your organisation benefit from additional income.

Many groups have struggled with fundraising due to COVID-19 but easyfundraising is a safe and easy to use online alternative where well-known retailers, like Amazon, eBay,John Lewis, Trainline,, Currys, Aviva, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, will make donations to your organisation when your supporters shop with them. Create a free easyfundraising account for your organisation to get started and book your support call to find out how to make the most of it. 

BBC Children in Need

Small Grants 2021

Up to £10k for up to 3 years for UK based not-for-profits. It opens 16 August 2021 and has a focus on; Children and young people aged 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through: Illness, distress, abuse or neglect, Any kind of disability, Behavioural or psychological difficulties and Living in poverty or situations of deprivation. 

Deadline: 6 October 2021

Gardening with Disabilities Trust

To help enable disabled people to start or continue gardening. Funds are awarded to help adapt private gardens and specially adapted gardens in hospitals, centres and schools, and offer information on garden aids and techniques. They have quite specific eligibility rules about what can and can’t be funded so check the website for more details but generally they can fund;

  • Raised beds
  • Poly Tunnels
  • Greenhouses
  • Tools
  • Small-scale garden adaptations. e.g. access pathways.
  • Plants or Shrubs
  • Compost
They cannot pay for;  
  • Fencing
  • Gates
  • Seating
  • Clearing
  • General/ongoing maintenance
  • Turfing
  • Tree removal
Deadline: apply anytime – application are reviewed every two months 

Gisela Graham Foundation

Will fund UK charities, volunteer groups and organisations for research and treatment of chronic illnesses and conditions, poverty amongst children in less developed countries, assist enterprising young and unemployed requiring start-up funds, promote causes supporting young homeless people, support adults with learning disabilities, including accommodation for them. safety at sea, including those actively involved with youth training and the performing arts. Up to £10k, but most grants under £5k. 

Deadline: Applications can be made at any time but are considered twice per year. 

GSK Impact Awards 2022

In 2022 GSK will make up to 20 awards, ranging from £4,000 to £50,000, together with free training and development valued at a further £9,500. The winning organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity, and be given a set of promotional materials. Applications are open to registered charities, at least 3 years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with a total annual income between £120k and £3m. 

Deadline: 20 September 2021

Lennox and Wyfold Foundation 

This foundation makes grants to registered charities in England and Wales. There is no minimum or maximum level, but most grants from £5,000 to £10,000. Priorities include arts, culture, sports and recreation, as well as disability. Has previously funded medical research, welfare of the young and old, the arts, animal welfare, and for overseas. Only accepts written applications and has no website. Mr G Fincham, Lennox and Wyfold Foundation, RF Trustee Co. Limited, 15 Suffolk Street, London, SW1Y 4HG. 020 3696 6721. 

Deadline: Applications may be submitted at any time and are considered twice a year

Randall Foundation

Randall Foundation supports a number of areas including: Health, Mental Health, Poverty, Social Disadvantage, Addiction and Education, in the UK and globally. UK based registered charities or organisations. Smaller grants (< £3,000), as well as for large scale funding. One-off causes, as well as projects that span over multiple years. Occasionally, general funding on a specific case by case basis. 

Deadline: none given 

Funding Update June 2021

Always / Sported

Sported has joined forces with Always to highlight the long-term benefits that girls get from participating in sport and to provide grants of upto £200 for sports equipment for women and girls. 

To help keep girls playing sport, Always is donating to Sported as part of its new Fuel Her Future campaign. For every pack of Always Ultra, Always Platinum or Tampax Compak Pearl purchased from participating retailers and for every share using  #FuelHerFuture on Twitter during the campaign period, Always will donate to help Sported deliver programmes across the country.  

The funds donated will be used to provide small grants and equipment to Sported members, delivering vital services for young women and girls in their community.

Deadline – none given 

Boshier - Hinton Foundation

The Boshier-Hinton Foundation exists to improve quality of life for people with disabilities, learning difficulties or sensory impairment and their families, by the awarding of grants. Average grants are around £2K.  Please read the guidance available on their website before applying. The Foundation offers funding to support its objectives, which are to: 

  • Provide relief for children and adults with special educational or other needs, and their families, in any part of the country.
  • Make donations to institutions providing facilities and advocacy for children and adults with special educational or other needs.
  • Make donations to other registered Charitable Trusts.
  • Make donations to local community charities or other agencies in any part of the country whose objects are no wider than the charity's own, or to any charity for use for particular purposes, which fall within the charity's objects.
Deadline: none – you can apply at any time.

Hilden Charitable Fund

Grants for UK charities working in the areas of asylum seekers and refugees, penal affairs, homelessness and community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people (16-25). 

The average grant size is £5K and Hilden will consider funding projects for more than one year. 

Deadline: 31 August 2021. 

Pets at Home Foundation

Grants are available for charities that provide temporary or ongoing assistance to ensure pets can remain with their owners or change the lives of adults and children through the provision of animal-based activities. The Pets through People grants aim to support charities in the UK that provide:

  • Temporary ('foster') care to pets for reasons including, but not limited to, their owner entering sheltered accommodation, needing hospitalisation or escaping domestic abuse.
  • Practical assistance to pet owners struggling to care for their pet due to their own ill-health, physical disability, or because they are homeless or vulnerably housed.
  • Trained assistance animals to assist adults and children with disabilities to lead more independent lives.
  • Animal-based therapy for vulnerable adults and children.
  • Grants of £250 to £50,000 are available. Larger grants may also be considered depending on the project.  Multi-year funding applications, up to a three-year period, will be considered.  The Foundation prioritises the funding of medium and small charitable organisations.
Deadline: Ongoing


I recently attended some excellent training provided by The Fore which explained Crowdfunding.  The link below will take you to the workshop I attended so you can judge for yourself if Crowdfunding is right for your group.  

Link to the webinar -

Funding Update May 2021

Feedback on Funding Updates

It is now more than 12 months since we first started circulating these monthly funding updates and I hope you have found them useful.  In fact we are keen to find out how you have made use of the information.   If you have submitted a funding application as a result of reading about the funder in one of our monthly updates please can you let us know.  We would like to know about successful and unsuccessful applications.   Just email with some simple bullets point setting out:
  • name of your group /organisation 
  • funder you applied to , 
  • amount applied for 
  • amount secured 
  • what the funding was used for.  
We will use the information in our annual report, so let me know if you would prefer not to have your group mentioned by name.   Thank you  

The Screwfix Foundation

The Screwfix Foundation is a registered charity set up in 2013.  It makes grants of upto £5K to registered charities and not for profit organisations.  Its purpose of raising funds is to support projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need throughout the UK. It raises funds throughout the year to support causes that will change people’s lives. It works with both national and local charities, donating much needed funds to help all sorts of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness and disabilities. Projects that will fix, maintain, improve and repair charitable and community facilities for those in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability, distress or other disadvantage in the UK are eligible to apply. 

Deadline: Continuous rolling programme. Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis in March, June, September and December. 

Thomas Wall Trust

The Thomas Wall Trust (Walls Ice cream) provide grants for registered charities and individuals.

The Registered Charity Grants Programme aims to support people with an emphasis on building confidence, knowledge and skills, and therefore increasing prospects of employment.

They offer grants of up to £5K towards specific projects or core activities that support that literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills for learning that are likely to assist employment prospects.  The Trust recognises that the future of the labour market will become increasingly competitive, with employers placing greater emphasis on transferable skills.  

Eligibility criteria include a requirement that the  charity has been registered with the Charity Commission for at least three years and has a turnover that does not exceed £500K. 

They will fund:

  • projects or running costs for a charity that equips people (aged 11years and over) with the skills ready for employment
  • annual repeat funding for up to 3 years – subject to satisfactory annual reviews of progress and impact. 
They prioritise:
  • Match funded projects
  • Charities that can provide compelling evidence of impact
  • Charities working with collaborative networks
  • Self-sustaining projects, with a view to becoming less reliant on grants in the future. 
They have a 2 stage application process – stage one is to complete a short expression of interest – if successful you will be invited to complete a more detailed stage two application  including a Project Plan (a template is available).

Deadline for the Registered Charity Grants Programme Expression of Interest is 3 September 2021 – funding will become available in November 2021. 

The Individual Grants Programme aims to support motivated adults to undertake education and training that will increase their chances of employment.  They offer grants of up to £1,500 to undertake accredited vocational training up to level 3 and a contribution towards other costs associated with studying. 

Grantees can apply for upto £1500 towards course fees and other costs which enable studying  such as  child care, travel and mobility and accessible study materials.

Individual may re-apply if their course lasts for more than a year. 

Eligibility criteria include:

  • Aged 18+ and unemployed for at least 6 months within the last 2 years
  • Are experiencing financial or other challenges such as disability, trauma, mental health issues, carers responsibilities, care leaver, carers responsibilities.  (this is not the full list so check the website).
  • There are also household income limits – according to size of family so again please check the website for the full criteria. 
Priority is given to people with;
  • Little or no past work experience
  • Lack of school qualifications
  • Applications that demonstrate a realistic plan to seek employment
  • Courses that provide support and advice into employment
There are also a list of criteria that will disqualify your application – some of which are around the type of course or your existing qualifications – so again check the website for full details. 

Deadline for the Individual Grants Programme – the grant programme is open all year round and is awarded on a first come first served basis.   They aim to process applications within 8 weeks.  Applications need to be supported by a referee – such as a support worker, tutor or employment advisor.
Although this is not strictly a funder – it looks like a really,  really useful service…

Digital Candle

Digital Candle provide free digital advice to charities, you can ask any question you like (no question is too broad or too niche) and Digital Candle will connect you with a volunteer expert.

Funding Update April 2021

Lloyds Foundation Core Funding: Webinar and Q&A

Lloyds Foundation core funding: webinar and Q&A is now available to view on Youtube. Small and local charities with a yearly income between £25,000 to £1 million helping people experiencing complex social issues can now apply for a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000. Alongside unrestricted funding, successful charities will be supported by one of the Foundation’s regional managers, who will work with them to access a wide range of organisational development support to help meet identified needs to ensure this funding is distributed equitably, at least 25% of the £9.5 million awarded in grants this year will be ringfenced for Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

 This webinar sets out:

  • The eligibility criteria for funding
  • The details of the grants
  • What is meant by "complex social issues”
  • The application process

Ocado Foundation / BizGive

Ocado has launched the Ocado Foundation for Good with BizGive, to support charity and fundraising activities across the UK.

The programme will support 'the many rather than the few' by providing grants of up to £1,000 to charities, community organisations, community interest companies, academic institutions, and local authorities for community projects which focus their efforts on three core areas:

  • skills for the future,
  • natural resources,
  • responsible sourcing

Deadline Applications can be made at any time until the 31 December 2021.

The Fore

The Fore make grants of up to £30,000, which can be spread over up to 3 years. They make unrestricted grants which have the potential to have a transformational impact on an organisation. Transformational impact includes helping an organisation become more sustainable, more efficient, to grow significantly or enabling an organisation to take a major step forward of some kind.

The Fore is particularly looking to fund small organisations working with marginalised groups and led by people in the community that may have found it hard to access trust and foundation funding in the past. Their funding process is specifically designed to level the playing field and give no advantage to those with fundraising experience or connections.

Any registered charity, CIC, CIO or Community Benefit Society with turnover of under £500,000 in the last financial year is eligible to apply.

A webinar providing more detail on how to prepare your application document is available on their website.

Deadline The Fore open rounds of funding during the year and potential applicants must register with them.  They cap the number of registrations per round and once that cap is reached they close the round.  The round for Summer 2021 is already at capacity and so has closed – but the Autumn 2021 round is due to open on 26th July at 10am – so put it in your calendar!

Thank you

Thank you to all those groups who took the time to complete our funding survey. The findings are fascinating and reveal a great deal about the health of our sector here in High Peak.  Here are some of the highlights:

During the pandemic 20% of groups were unable to operate at all, the majority offered restricted and altered services.  3% expect to be unable to offer any kind of service in 2021 and 58% expect they will have to continue with restricted services. 

 Their biggest challenge has been lockdown restrictions, but digital exclusion has also played a significant part as has health impacts on the people involved in their groups.  In terms of their future support needs, 92% report that they will need additional support in the coming year, help with funding tops the list closely followed by communications and training. 

When asked about their confidence about the future; 27% are either concerned or extremely concerned and a further 11% are unsure of what the futures holds for them.  Interestingly although a majority of 89% said they would need additional funding to help them recover, the majority needed less than £5K to help them get back on track.  A whole range of additional training needs were identified from health and safety to how to put together a successful funding application. 

Funding Update March 2021


As part of our aim to provide funding support to voluntary groups and charities in these difficult times, we are now working in collaboration with fundraising website easyfundraising to help your organisation generate additional income.

It’s a very simple idea – register your organisation as a good cause with easyfundraising and you will be able to collect free donations when anyone connected to the organisation shops online with 4300 well known retailers including Amazon, eBay, Argos, John Lewis, Trainline,, Currys, Aviva and Waitrose and Direct Line

It’s free to register and use. With many more people shopping online these days and traditional face to face fundraising methods on hold, this is an easy way for your volunteers and supporters to raise money for your organisation safely from home through their normal online shopping.

easyfundraising has enabled good causes to raise £34m to date, including £4m in 2020 alone. Your organisation does not need to be a registered charity to use easyfundraising and it is open to voluntary organisations of all shape and size.

The benefits:

  • Free to register and use
  • Regular, on-going revenue stream for your organisation
  • Easy to set up and requires minimal management

Getting started

All you need to do is create an easyfundraising page for your organisation. It’s free and quick to set up and requires very little ongoing management. You can set up your page her

If you have questions and would like to speak to someone before signing up, please contact who will be happy to help you.

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioners Vulnerability Fund

Small Grants

The above fund has extended its deadline to 1 September 2021, giving more local groups an opportunity to apply. 

The Commissioner is looking to support projects which:

  • Help individuals to live safely and without fear of crime in their homes;
  • Empower the local community to tackle problems in their neighbourhood areas;
  • Are organised by (and involving) community/neighbourhood groups;
  • Can demonstrate that they can make a difference to local communities;
  • Take a new and sustainable approach to tackling long term problems;
  • Foster good relations between partner agencies and communities and do not work in isolation.

The fund:

  • is Derbyshire-wide including the City
  • can be used for meeting capital or revenue costs 
  • is available to the Voluntary and community sectors, charities and non-profit making associations on behalf of the individuals and communities they work with.  

The Fund is currently taking applications for small grants of up to £1000 - these are being distributed through the CVS organisations in each locality so High Peak based groups wishing to apply for under £1K should contact 

Deadline 1 Sep 2021

CVS Vulnerability Fund Application Form

The Climate Action Fund (CAF) 

CAF is supporting communities across the UK to take action on climate change. These communities will demonstrate what’s possible when people lead in this work. With National Lottery funding, they’ll work together, share their learning and be active participants in a broader movement of change.

CAF is part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s Environment Strategy. Since April 2013, the Fund has awarded more than £450 million, through over 7,500 grants, to projects that focus on improving the environment to enhance communities and people’s lives.

In 2020, CAF awarded funding to 23 projects across the UK as part of the first round of the CAF programme, supporting communities to respond to the climate emergency.

This second round will focus on supporting medium-scale to large-scale projects addressing waste and consumption.  The focus remains on place-based, community-led partnerships that will make the changes in their community they believe will have the biggest impact on climate change.

At this initial application stage, CAF is  interested in hearing about your project, the long-term vision and aims, and how your community has been involved in shaping and deciding what you’ll do. This application should come from one lead partner, which should be one of the eligible types of organisation listed in ‘Who can and cannot apply’.

There are two types of funding in this round - development funding and full awards. The maximum grant size for development funding is £150,000. For full awards, the maximum available is £1.5 million. The total available in the second round is around £8 million to 10 million.  It is expected there will be 12 to 15 awards in total in this round, and to award more development grants than full awards.

Deadline 5pm on 8 April 2021 for your initial idea. If you get to the next stage, it is expected the rest of the application process will take six to eight months.

Peoples Post Code Lottery Magic Little Grants 

The aim of the Magic Little Grants Fund is to support organisations with an annual  turnover below £250K  meeting one of the themes below. Organisations also receive access to the Localgiving online fundraising platform and benefit from online fundraising training and support.   

1.Improving mental wellbeing

2.Enabling community participation in the arts

3.Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty

4.Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality

5.Improving biodiversity and green spaces

6.Enabling participation in physical activity

7.Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability 

8.Increasing community access to outdoor space

9.The application process should only take 15 minutes to complete and are reviewed on a rolling basis every month. You should receive a decision on your application and the funding within two months.

The application process should only take 15 minutes to complete and are reviewed on a rolling basis every month. You should receive a decision on your application and the funding within two months.

Groups who meet any of the following criteria are NOT eligible for the grant:

• Organisations that have previously been funded by a Magic Little Grant, or any other trust funded by players of People's Postcode Lottery that have not yet finished the project/activity / completed their evaluation form.

Once you have completed your registration with Localgiving, you will be directed to the grant application form.  If you are successful with your funding request, you will also benefit from a free annual membership with Localgiving, funded by the People's Postcode Lottery.

Deadline 31 October 2021.

Funding Update February 2021

Severn Trent Community Fund

High Peak CVS is pleased to invite you to a funding workshop to learn more about the Severn Trent Community Fund which is giving away more than £10M over five years.  The fund has three themes; People, Places and the Environment.   There are also three levels of grants available £2K - £10K, £10K – 75K and £75K - £200K.  Please note this fund is not available across the whole of High Peak, only organisations active in the Severn Trent Water region are eligible to apply.  If you wish to check your eligibility please use the eligibility checker on the Severn Trent Water website

The workshop will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 30 March 2021 from 1.30pm and will be hosted by High Peak CVS.  Booking details will be released shortly. 

We are delighted that Sue Heyes the Community Fund Officer for Severn Trent will be joining us to explain more about the fund and answer your questions.  So please join us to find out how your organisation can apply. 

Cameron Grant Memorial Trust

Seed funding grants are available for UK based charities and other not-for-profit groups and organisations to trial new and innovative ways to support people in the UK who are suffering with poor mental health. The grants can be used to trial a new service, create an asset, a technology, a performance, fund research, or otherwise experiment in any way that supports mental health. The emphasis will be on innovation – using new methods, channels, technology, ideas or approaches to reach out and effect change.

Ideas would typically fit into one of the following categories:

  • Destigmatising Mental Health
  • Reducing Barriers to Mental Health Care
  • Improving Mental Well Being

The grants are for project-based activities that demonstrate clear innovation. The innovation can involve technology though it does not have to. As well as the funding, successful grant applicants will be offered one or two ‘coaching’ sessions with one of the trustees by phone or video call. Between them, the trustees have a wealth of experience in business, education, the public sector and mental health services, so making that formally available to candidates offers additional support and encouragement.

Who can apply: Applications will be accepted from individuals, charities, social enterprises, community interest companies, schools, colleges, universities, pre-registration start-ups, voluntary groups, community groups and other not-for-profit entities based in the UK.

Grant amount: Between £100 and £2,500 are available.

Deadline: This is a rolling programme. Applications will be considered at monthly trustee meetings.

The Henry Smith Charity - Grants Programme

The Henry Smith Charity is an independent grant making trust. They aim to use its resources to help people and communities at a time of need and to bring about positive change. The grants available are:

•  Improving Lives -  Grants to charitable organisations that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available. They support established organisations delivering services directly to beneficiaries and are looking for services which can demonstrate a track record of success, and evidence the effectiveness of the work. This is their largest grants programme, through which the majority of their funds are distributed

•  The Strengthening Communities  - To support small charitable organisations working at grassroots level. Through this grant programme they want to make sure that funding reaches the most disadvantaged areas of the UK, targeting places that are economically marginalised and affected by poverty. They fund established organisations with a track record of delivering services directly to beneficiaries. They are looking for organisations that are embedded within their communities and are addressing local needs

•  The Christian Projects -  Grants to support projects that explicitly promote the Christian faith in the UK

Who can apply: Charities and not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises, in the UK.

Grant amount

•  Improving Lives Grant Programme - Between £20,000 and £60,000 for 1 - 3 years

•  The Strengthening Communities Grant Programme - Between £20,000 and £60,000 for 1 - 3 years  

•  The Christian Projects Grant Programme - £10,000+ for up to 3 years (most grants are for 1-2 years)

Deadline: Rolling programme.

Funding Update January 2021

Allchurches Trust (UK) Hope Beyond

In response to the coronavirus, the Allchurches Trust is making funding available to churches, Christian Charities, cathedrals and Christian denominational bodies to enable them to meet changing needs within their communities and to adapt to challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic.

The Hope Beyond Programme are making grants of up to £50,000 available to help religious organisations implement new ways of working and introduce new and/or enhanced support and activities to meet changing need. The Programme will look to address three themes: the issues of loneliness and isolation; growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing; and growing technological capability and resilience. 

Funding can be used for capital projects and some revenue costs. 

Deadline - Applications can be made at any time.

Comic Relief (UK) Capacity Building Grants Scheme

Charities, voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises and CIC’s in England which have been negatively impacted by Covid-19 can apply for grants of up to £1,000 to help them rebuild their capacity to meet the needs of their local community. 

To be eligible, applicants will need to have an annual income of less than £250,000.

The funding is being made available through the Comic Relief’s Capacity Building Grants Scheme and will support projects within their four strategic themes and can be used for a wide range of activities, such as: training; increasing delivery capacity through additional volunteer recruitment; and developing strategies to help rebuild and move forward such as fundraising strategies, and developing new delivery plans. 

Deadline - Applications can be made at any time.

The Foyle Foundation (UK) Small Grants Scheme

The Foyle Foundation has re-opened its Small Grants Scheme to support smaller, grass-roots and local charities across the UK during the Covid-19 crisis. 

To be eligible, applicants will need to have an annual income of less than £150,000.

Organisations which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000. Funding can be used to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services for charities that can show financial stability and a clear need for their services. Competition for funding is expected to be strong.

Deadline - Applications can be submitted at any time.

Voice 4 Change Windrush Community Fund

Priorities: Provided by the Home Office and administered on its behalf by Voice4Change England.

The funding is intended to support the Fund’s objectives which are to:

  • Increase awareness and visibility of the Windrush Scheme (documentation), Windrush Compensation Scheme, or both and the support available
  • Reach more communities and individuals who may have been affected by their inability to prove their lawful status in the UK

In addition, the Community Fund also seeks to:

  • Ensure that individuals and communities have accurate information about the schemes, how to apply, and that any myths surrounding the schemes are addressed. This could involve, for instance, promoting example cases
  • Build capacity at a community and grassroots level to support those affected to access the Windrush Scheme (documentation), Windrush Compensation Scheme, or both

Who can apply: Applications will be accepted from charities, community or grassroots organisations.

Grant amount: Grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 are available.

Projects awarded the minimum funding of £2,500 must be delivered within six months of receipt of funding.

Projects awarded between £2,501 and £25,000 must be delivered within 12 months of receipt of funding.

Deadline: There will be two application rounds.

Phase 1 opens on 14 December 2020 and closes on 12 February 2021 (23:59)
Phase 2 opens on 1 April 2021 and closes on 30 June 2021 (23:59)

Dan Maskell Tennis Trust

Priorities: The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust is a tennis charity raising funds for people with disabilities. Grants are available to help disabled people in the UK to play tennis through the purchase of wheelchairs, tennis equipment and grants for coaching. 

Who can apply: Disability groups and programmes, clubs, schools and associations in the UK are eligible to apply. Individuals are also eligible to apply.

Grant amount: Grants of up to £1,500 for a group, club or project. Up to £500 is available for individuals.

Deadline: The next deadlines for applications are:
Tuesday 23 March 2021
Tuesday 29 June 2021
Saturday 2 October 2021

Coronavirus-Related Grants

Large listing of Coronavirus grants at Grants Online:

A number of Community Foundations and other organisations have launched funding programmes to assist local organisations in responding to the challenges of the Coronavirus Pandemic. 

This Grants Online list of organisations and the types of funding they have made available will be updated over the next days and weeks when information becomes available.


Funding Update December 2020

National Lottery Charities Fund

Awards For All and Reaching Communities

Awards for All provides grants from between £300 and £10,000.

Reaching Communities provides grants over £10K for organisations that work with their community to help them thrive. It funds projects that work to make positive changes in their community – whether that is for people living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences.

Both funds continue to support people and communities most adversely impacted by COVID-19 and can be used to:

  • continue to deliver activity - whether your community needs crisis response, recovery or business as usual activity
  • change and adapt, becoming more resilient to respond to new and future challenges.

The aim is to:

  • build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage. 

Application deadline – Ongoing

Henry Smith Charity - Funding for Projects that Improve People’s Lives (UK)

Grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year for up to three years are available to charitable organisations that help people at times of crisis in their lives. In particular, funding is available when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available. The funding is provided through the Henry Smith Charity Improving Lives Programme. Eligible organisations include charities and not-for-profit organisations (including social enterprises) in the UK with a turnover of £50,000 - £2 million (in exceptional circumstances up to £5 million).

Applications can be submitted at any time and decisions are usually made within 6 months.

Allen Lane Foundation - Funding for Community Cohesion Projects (UK)

Local community-led grassroots groups and organisations can apply for funding for projects that break down barriers and tensions between different groups of people, and help to build a more cohesive and inclusive community. This could be a housing estate or a distinct community. The funding is being made available through the Allen Lane Foundation’s Social Cohesion Programme. The Foundation is particularly concerned about divisions in communities that occurred around the 2016 Referendum and subsequently. Applications will be particularly encouraged from areas of high deprivation but not exclusively and can be for new or ongoing work.​

Trustees meet to discuss grant applications three times a year, generally in February, June and October.

Funding Update November 2020

DCC COVID-19 Emergency Fund

An extra £50,000 is being allocated to groups in Derbyshire who are supporting local communities during the coronavirus pandemic. The money will be available to local community groups via the Public Health COVID-19 fund which was set up in June 2020.

This money will be allocated to a number of local Derbyshire organisations who have supported the health and wellbeing of local residents, including some of the most vulnerable members of the community.

The COVID-19 Emergency Fund aims to support voluntary and community sector organisations with funding to allow them to continue to play a key role in the local response to COVID-19.

Organisations able to apply to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund include both formally constituted and non-constituted organisations.  Organisations with an existing contractual arrangement in place with the Public Health department should contact a member of the Public Health department initially to determine whether they would be eligible to apply.

Individuals, schools, local government departments, statutory bodies such as the police and the NHS, and organisations that make a profit are all ineligible for the COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

To be eligible for funding, organisations must:

  • not have an existing contractual agreement in place with the Public Health department
  • be supporting the response to COVID-19
  • be known to the Public Health team through previous partnership working, be known to our Community Response Unit, or be known to the network of District Forums that support the work of the Community Response Unit
  • provide a minimum level of detail, including geographic area covered, contact details for lead individual, and bank details for transfer of funding.

Grant amounts are;

  • Formally constituted organisations can apply for a maximum of £2,000.
  • Non-constituted organisations can apply for a maximum of £250.

To make an application to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund contact: or

Deadline -  Applications are reviewed on a regular basis. No date has been set for closing the fund, but we would recommend that organisations submit their application as soon as possible.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Paul Hamlyn Foundation has created a £20m Emergency Fund, in addition to the £30m already allocated to grant-making programmes for 2020/2021. The Fund addresses inequalities of opportunity to access and participate in the arts.

Grants from £30,000 – £400,000 and lasting between 12 months and 4 years

Deadline - rolling application cycle – no deadlines. Decision making panels meet approximately 5 times a year.

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation has launched a new strategy with 3 aims: improving the natural world, tackling injustice to deliver a fairer future, and nurturing creative, confident communities. Funds about £40m a year. Focus on larger and longer-term grants.  Has a focus on long term impact and creating change for the future.  Take their eligibility test to see if you meet their criteria.  Minimum grant of £30K, average grant £130K. 

Deadlines – none 

Rank Foundation

New £10m programme, with £5m from government’s Community Match Challenge. Funds up to 200 small and medium sized charities/social enterprises, primarily those in the RankNet network. Organisations must be in urgent and immediate financial need and either be facing unprecedented demand for their services or a significant reduction in income due to the pandemic.   Deadline – none  

Sylvia Waddilove Foundation

Small to medium organisations struggling to manage the financial impact of COVID. The fund is targeted at organisations in a critical position: education relating to non-domestic animals; visual and performing arts; medical research; the relief of disability or severe illness; the accommodation of those in need. Up to £1000. 

Deadline – none 

Other forms of help

Ethical Angel

Allows charities to submit project bids for a wide range of corporate volunteer support. From the high tech app development, through to websites, but also a wide range of other areas, such as design (logo, leaflets), and professional support; Google Ads, analytics, branding, marketing, HR, data protection etc. About 100 categories to choose from. 

Deadlines – none

Festival of Trusteeship 

If you haven't worked with Getting On Board, they're a charity that supports charities in sourcing trustees from corporates; for free.  Their Festival Of Trusteeship (2 - 6 Nov) has sessions for aspiring trustees about becoming a trustee, and for charity leaders about trustee recruitment and diversity. Sessions start at only £5.

Chartered Institute of Fundraising

The Chartered Institute of Fundraising is providing small charities and community groups with income under £1m/year free access to over 90 training sessions and presentations from this year’s Fundraising Convention until the end of the year.

For more information about the event, and to see the full programme of sessions, please visit their website and address any questions to Alex Wells at

Get Grants

Get Grants have a range of upcoming webinars subjects include:

  • Bid Writing for Charities and Community Groups
  • Trusts and Foundations Fundraising
  • Corporate Fundraising
  • Bid Writing for Sport & Physical Activity

They also run FREE meet the funder events and virtual fundraiser networking events.

Funding Update October 2020

Sport England Return to Play Fund

This fund of £16.5m  has 3 parts - Small Grants, Community Asset and Active Together crowdfunding,  - with all three focusing on a safe return to play and narrowing the inequalities gap in sport and physical activity. 

The fund is to support the Return to Play during the Autumn and Winter. This is a rolling fund with no specific deadline. Groups that received Emergency Funding or Tackling Inequalities Funding previously from Sport England can still apply.  

The fund will be competitive, with priority given to organisations working in areas classed as 1-3 from the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) and those working with key beneficiary groups such as BAME and Disability.

Organisations who have a venue outside of areas 1-3 IMD can apply but they MUST have strong evidence of engagement with participants who live in 1-3 IMD areas. 

You don’t have to be a sports organisation to apply, however, sport should be an established and significant part of your core offer.

If you have not applied to Sport England before you will need to register with them, visit their website

Deadline – none, this is a rolling programme. 

Gamesys Foundation

The main focus of the Gamesys Foundation is to preserve and protect the wellbeing of individuals suffering from mental health issues through the provision of grants and funding to organisations who care for these individuals directly, as well as those who focus on research in the mental health field.

Applications are open to UK-based organisation with a minimum annual income of £50,000.  

To apply visit the Gamesys Foundation website on

Funding Update September 2020

Allchurches Trust (UK)

Name of Fund: Hope Beyond

In response to the coronavirus, the Allchurches Trust is making funding available to churches, Christian Charities, cathedrals and Christian denominational bodies to enable them to meet changing needs within their communities and to adapt to challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic. The Hope Beyond Programme are making grants of up to £50,000 available to help religious organisations implement new ways of working and introduce new and/or enhanced support and activities to meet changing need. The Programme will look to address three themes: the issues of loneliness and isolation; growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing; and growing technological capability and resilience. Funding can be used for capital projects and some revenue costs. Applications can be made at any time.

CLA Charitable Trust

Grants for organisations in England and Wales to provide facilities for the disabled to take part in country sports and recreation, and training in agriculture and horticulture. It also promotes education in the countryside for disadvantaged children and young people. Applications can be made at any time.

Capacity Building Grants Scheme

Charities, voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises and CIC’s in England which have been negatively impacted by Covid-19 can apply for grants of up to £1,000 to help them rebuild their capacity to meet the needs of their local community. The funding is being made available through the Comic Relief’s Capacity Building Grants Scheme and will support projects within their four strategic themes and can be used for a wide range of activities, such as: training; increasing delivery capacity through additional volunteer recruitment; and developing strategies to help rebuild and move forward such as fundraising strategies, and developing new delivery plans. To be eligible, applicants will need to have an annual income of less than £250,000. Applications can be made at any time.

Derbyshire County Council Public Health Covid 19 Fund 

The Public Health COVID19 Fund has been established to support voluntary and community sector organisations and groups in improving the health and wellbeing of the residents of Derbyshire during the ongoing pandemic.   Constituted organisations and groups can apply for up to £2,000 in funding, and non-constituted organisations and groups up to £250.

To be eligible for funding, organisations must:

  • not have an existing contractual agreement in place with the Public Health department 
  • be supporting the response to COVID19
  • be known to the Public Health team through previous partnership working, be known to the Council’s Community Response Unit, or be known to the network of District Forums that support the work of the Community Response Unit
  • provide a minimum level of detail, including geographic area covered, contact details for lead individual, and bank details for transfer of funding

 Any proposed use of the Emergency Funding must be linked to an existing Public Health work programme/theme, for example to support mental health and emotional wellbeing, increase social connectedness, or to prevent demand on statutory services.  To apply for Emergency Funding, organisations will need to return the attached application to the Assistant Director of Public Health giving details of the funding they require, its purpose, and confirmation that they meet the eligibility criteria. Application forms to be returned by email only to: and  No deadline set as yet.

The Gordon Trust

Grants are available for registered charities working in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire in the areas of disability, social deprivation, homelessness, substance and alcohol abuse and prisoner education and rehabilitation. Application deadline: none specified

Tudor Trust

Grants are available to smaller community-led groups that support people at the margins of society in the UK, encouraging independence, inclusion and integration.  The Trust remains open for non-emergency applications from organisations that they do not currently support. The trustees want to provide support to voluntary and community groups to continue their core work in the medium and long term, and don't have funding allocated specifically for 'emergency' or 'recovery'. Applications can be made at any time.

Funding Update August 2020

DCC Public Health Covid19 Fund

The response to the COVID19 pandemic has seen many community and voluntary sector organisations and groups across Derbyshire working to ensure the needs of local residents are met.   In addition, national guidance on shielding, social isolation and social distancing has required organisations and groups to quickly adapt to work in new and innovative ways, while also meeting an increase in demand for support. 

The Public Health COVID19 Fund has been established to support voluntary and community sector organisations and groups in improving the health and wellbeing of the residents of Derbyshire during the ongoing pandemic.  Constituted organisations and groups can apply for up to £2,000 in funding, and non-constituted organisations and groups up to £250.

To be eligible for funding, organisations must:

  • not have an existing contractual agreement in place with the Public Health department 
  • be supporting the response to COVID19
  • be known to the Public Health team through previous partnership working, be known to the Council’s Community Response Unit, or be known to the network of District Forums that support the work of the Community Response Unit
  • provide a minimum level of detail, including geographic area covered, contact details for lead individual, and bank details for transfer of funding

Any proposed use of the Emergency Funding must be linked to an existing Public Health work programme/theme, for example to support mental health and emotional wellbeing, increase social connectedness, or to prevent demand on statutory services.  

To apply for Emergency Funding, organisations will need to return the application form to the Assistant Director of Public Health giving details of the funding required, its purpose, and confirmation that they meet the eligibility criteria. 

Application forms to be returned by email only to: and

Public Health Covid19 Fund Application Form

Derbyshire Youth Activity Grant

Derbyshire County Council have extended their Youth Action Grants programme and injected an additional £221,000. The grants are aimed at projects for children and young people aged 0 to 19 years and up to 25 years if they have a disability.

Eligible organisations include voluntary and community groups, social enterprises and parish councils providing services in Derbyshire.

Examples of the projects that will be considered include;

  • Short term holiday programmes
  • New equipment
  • New activities
  • Events
  • Training
  • Service quality improvement action such as staff training, equipment, improvements to buildings.

To check your eligibility email

Applications must support the wellbeing priorities in the DCC Council Plan which are;

  • Support young people’s physical, mental and emotional development
  • Help young people to understand how to protect themselves from harm and neglect
  • Help young people to get more personal satisfaction out of their education, training and recreation time
  • Enable young people to make a contribution to society through volunteering programmes
  • Help young people to become socially responsible and economically independent adults
Applications should be made ASAP and DCC have committed to responding to all

applications within 6 weeks. Application forms can be downloaded here or from the DCC website and should be emailed to

Fat Beehive Foundation​

Grants are available to small UK registered charities for building websites or digital
products that enable them to carry out their work in a more efficient and effective
way, resulting in positive social benefit.
Who can apply: UK registered charities with an annual income of less than £1
Amount: Up to £2,500
Deadline: Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered at the
quarterly trustees' meetings, which are normally held in January, April, July and

Rosa Covid 19 Response Fund

Rosa funds grassroots women’s organisations to help make the UK a fairer and 

safer place for women. Rosa’s Covid 19 Response Fund will provide up to £10K for
specialist women’s organisations across the UK.

Rosa priorities applications from women’s organisations that:

  • Address the critical needs of women and girls that miss out the most
  • Operate in less economically resilient towns, cities and rural areas.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund

In September a new Government fund of £40m aimed at restoring nature and 

tackling climate change will open for applications. The fund is being managed by
National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The aim of the fund is to support projects that are ready to deliver and focus on
nature restoration, nature-based solutions and engagement with nature. In addition
projects will be expected to support and create a range of jobs in the sector to help
sustain and build capacity whilst delivering against the goals of the Governments 25
year Environmental Plan.

The fund will be open to applications from

  • Environmental charities​
  • Partnerships involving at least one environmental charity.
Grants will be available from £50K upto £50M and will cover capital and revenue
costs. Priority will be given to projects that are fully planned and ready to start
delivery this financial year and complete by March 2022.

Details of the application process will be released by National Lottery Heritage Fund
in September.

Patient and Public Involvement Funding

East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Funding

Up to 15 awards of £1,000 will be offered to successful groups in the East Midlands region.

This funding is aimed at health, social care, charities, voluntary and third sector organisations and groups, who want to involve patients and citizens in research and healthcare. 

Applications for the funding will be considered by a panel including representatives from the East Midlands Patient Public Involvement Senate, an independent group of patients and carers with varied health and service user experience.

Applications to the scheme are now open and the deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 20 September 2020.

For more information, for terms and conditions and to apply you can visit

Or contact Emma Coates by email  or call 0777 361 0744.

Coronavirus Community Support Fund

The Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF) government funding programme is still open and accepting applications.   This fund is administered by The National Lottery Community Fund and can help both COVID support activities and also help groups overcome liquidity issues.

 It has been clearly evidenced that some communities, such as disabled people, the LGBTQ+ community and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, are being impacted more by  the pandemic.

NLCF have received and awarded a good number of grants to groups working with these communities, but are keen to reach out to more and encourage applications from organisations led by and working within these communities. 

Further information at

Charities and social enterprises are playing a vital role up and down the country, meeting the needs of vulnerable people affected by the current crisis. At the same time many have been experiencing significant challenges as they have had to close shops and other revenue-generating services, and cancel fundraising activities. 

To ensure that our charities and social enterprises can continue to step up to respond to the crisis, and keep their doors open to those most in need, the government has made available an unprecedented package of support, including £750m targeted specifically at these sectors. 

The £200m Coronavirus Community Support Fund forms a central part of this package, and is being administered through the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF). Charities and Social Enterprises in England can submit applications through the NLCF website ( 

The Fund has two key objectives:
1. To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the Covid-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.​
2. To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by Covid-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services. 

Grants will allow organisations to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short term income disruption. Grants will also allow organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs in light of Covid-19.

The following funds are also currently open for organisations to apply to:
● The £3.45m  Covid-19 Food Charity Grant Scheme to provide  immediate support to keep food charities and front-line food aid charities open and supporting the vulnerable, due to the economic impacts of Covid-19, with a continual supply of food otherwise not accessed through usual routes.
● A £10m  Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation Fund  COVID-19  emergency support fund to support domestic abuse safe accommodation services who provide beds and offer the critical help victims and their children need.
● The £6m  Covid-19 Impact Programme  to ensure that people from Armed Forces communities can keep accessing important services, where resources for these services have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
● The £5m  Loneliness Covid-19 Grant Fund National organisations  working to tackle loneliness and build social connections are invited to apply for a share of £5 million of funding, which the government is investing to help them to continue and adapt their critical work.
● The £6m  Covid-19 Homelessness Response Fund to provide  emergency funding to homelessness charities directly affected by the Coronavirus. 

The Government also matched the £35m raised by the BBC’s Big Night In, with the first £20m of this match funding going to the National Emergency Trust, to distribute through local community foundations, and the remainder to support the work of Children in Need and Comic Relief.  Details on how it is being distributed and how to apply can be found on each organisation’s website:



Covid 19 has changed the voluntary sector funding landscape just as it has all other aspects of life. 

Existing Funds

For those groups who have refocused their activities in order to provide a service under lockdown conditions, the advice is to speak to your funders, make them aware of the change so you have made and confirm they are happy to continue to fund your activity. 

Government Funds

Some voluntary sector agencies are eligible for some elements of the general Covid 19 related Government funding, most noticeably the coronavirus job retention scheme, coronavirus business interruption loan scheme and the deferment of VAT bills and business rates discounts for some types of charity.  Groups should check out www.GOV.UK to see if they qualify .

The Government also announced £750M of funding specifically aimed at the voluntary sector, it is made up of two parts;

- £370m for smaller organisations delivering essential frontline COVID-19 related services for vulnerable people, to be delivered via the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF). More details about the application system is expected to be up and running within the coming week. Keep an eye on their website for updates

- £360m from Government departments to support their existing voluntary sector partners, ie CAB, St Johns Ambulance etc. 

For both pots the emphasis will be on working with 'vulnerable people' although, as yet, we do not have a definitive list of who is deemed to be vulnerable. The common definition of small will remain any organisation with a turnover under £1 million. Applications will be for up to £100k and consortia applications are allowed.

Lottery Funding 

The Lottery will prioritise all new funding for the next six months for those who are directly working on a COVID-19 response with decisions within weeks.  

For those organisations that have already applied to the Lottery and are at Stage 2 of a Reaching Communities Grant the advice is to contact your Funding Officer.  You will be allowed to reshape your application to respond to COVID-19.

New Funding 

In addition a number of new funding pots have been announced, some with very tight deadlines and some are already having to pause the application process because of overwhelming demand.  National voluntary sector support agencies are pulling together a constantly updated database of all Covid 19 related funding opportunities and are offering free database access / newsletters.  Given how quickly the situation is evolving we are suggesting groups consider signing up for nationally updated information via well respected national agencies;

Charity Excellence (it is easy, quick and free) produce a regularly updated Covid 19 funding database and a newsletter

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is free to those with a gross annual income below £30K.  In addition to funding information they also offer an email query service for specific voluntary sector Covid 19 related questions

GRANTfinder has developed a public page to keep organisations up to date on new Covid-19 Grants -

If you need more advice or guidance regarding your group’s funding during the COVID-19 pandemic or to discuss the ongoing opportunities please do not hesitate to contact High Peak CVS at 

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