You can see all the schemes listed in a one-stop format, (and over 800 more relevant to NI charities), on GrantTracker, our funding database. And we're still offering a month's free access to GrantTracker to any organisation in the sector who needs it in these challenging times. Join the 256 organisations who have already benefitted....
For the latest on Government, local Council and trust and foundation funding, keep checking GrantTracker and our constantly updated articles on NICVA's COVID-19 Fundraising Hub
Also, see my latest article on “How to get the most out of GrantTracker during COVID-19 and beyond”
4 Councils are still running competitive, open grant schemes. The others have now closed their COVID-19 grant schemes or have been distributing funds other than by open competition. See the link above for full details.
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council: COVID-19 Community Support Grants Scheme (Now closed to new applications unless a registered community foodbank)
COVID-19 FUNDS FROM TRUSTS & FOUNDATIONS CLOSING SOON
Independent Age: Grants Fund (Next Closing Date 9am, 4th June 2020)
A £2 million fund to help smaller organisations across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the virus. Their Grants Fund will comprise of four separate funding rounds. In each round they will make £500,000 available where organisations can apply to receive up to £15,000 each.
ESB: Northern Ireland COVID-19 Emergency Fund (NB Closing Date Extended to 5pm, 10th June)
Administered by Groundwork NI, the new ESB Northern Ireland COVID-19 Emergency Fund offers £250-£1000 grants for COVID-19 emergency projects and activities to support vulnerable people in ESB wind farms' areas of benefit.
Resourcing Racial Justice Fund (First Round Closing Date 15th June)
Provides financial support to organisations, community and grassroots groups working to redress the impact of COVID-19 and beyond on those who identify as POC (which includes other terms such as BAME, racialised people, black indigenous, people of colour BIPOC). Grants range from £5,000 to £50,000 and for their first wave of funding they aim to redistribute £500,000.
COVID-19 FUNDS FROM TRUSTS & FOUNDATIONS CURRENTLY OPEN (Including this week's new funds)
Supports projects that champion education, participation, environment, diversity and health. The Foundation are currently prioritising their funds to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic with grants of up to £500.
Aviva Community Fund (Current Round Closing 28th July)
Every three months, £250,000 is shared equally among their UK employees to donate to the forward thinking projects that matter to them most. Each charity can apply for up to £50,000. In addition to the usual 2 key funding areas of community resilience and financial capability and inclusion, for the current round of funding they have broadened the eligibility criteria to include core running costs of causes looking to adapt or continue their vital services throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.
BBC Children in Need: COVID-19 Response Grant Programme (Full details TBC)
The COVID-19 2020 Booster Grants programme will open to current BBC Children in Need grant-holders from Monday 18th May 2020 and will enable organisations to apply for funding up to £5,000 over a 6 month period.
The COVID-19 Large Grants programme will open to applications from 8th June 2020 and will enable organisations to apply for funding up to £80,000 over an 18 month period.
An Emergency Funding programme to support charities that are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the current pandemic. The trust particularly welcomes applications from Christian based organisations.
Grants of up to £2500 for community based food provision responses that support local families with children under 10 as a result of the order to close schools and/or loss of household income as a result of the COVID-19 virus. As the closure order may run into the summer holiday period the fund is keen to support community based programmes that can provide support across this entire period. (Managed by Community Foundation for NI)
The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland's Coronavirus Community Fund is a key NI fund and aims to help constituted groups in NI to deal with the emerging issues of Coronavirus.
NB This fund has been continually widening its focus. The fund is now offering grants of up to 10K for the following -
- Older people (aged over 50)
- Those at increased risk, particularly in relation to poor mental health and wellbeing
- Vulnerable isolated people and families, particularly those living in rural areas, families where a parent/ both parents have lost their employment or where children are living in poverty
- Children and young people’s projects, particularly focusing on the voice of young people and connecting through creative mediums.
- Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities
NB Safeguarding guidelines changed on 27/03 to reflect the fact that groups want to respond to immediate COVID-19 issues and may not yet have full adult safeguarding policies and procedures in place.
A new fund from the UK insurance and long-term savings industry, launched 18th May. Working in partnership with the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), National Emergencies Trust (NET) and others. Aiming to raise £100 million to help those most affected by COVID-19, with £82.5 million already having been pledged. NB Please note that this fund is not open to applications as it will use other partners like CAF and NET to distribute funds raised.
Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network (CWSAN) is providing a limited number of small grants of £150 each to assist very localised and isolated communities in rural areas throughout Mid Ulster during the COVID-19 pandemic. This small grant is for safety equipment and fuel for volunteers up to a maximum of £150 for small local emergency support groups only who are working right across their local communities.
Now focusing their funding based on their core objectives in the former Antrim Borough Council area. All potential applicants need to contact the administrator directly with an outline of the new or existing project.
Continuing to accept applications for funding from: i) charities who are struggling to survive funding crises during the Covid-19 pandemic, and (ii) charities who are seeking funding for future projects/activities.
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (No further details until September 2020)
Making an additional £16 million of funding available this year in response to COVID-19. £14 million will be in fast-response grants for organisations they currently support across all of their sectors: the arts, children and young people, environment, food and social change. £2 million will be for contributions to emergency funding schemes in collaboration with others. Currently closed to new applications to concentrate support on organisations they already fund. Had planned to reopen their new grant programmes (in line with their new strategy) in May, but this has now been delayed until September.
Fermanagh Trust: Help Our Health Heroes Fund (Fermanagh only)
Established by the Impartial Reporter in partnership with The Fermanagh Trust, with donations of over £10,000 raised by the local community. Open to organisations and agencies in Fermanagh who need support to improve the well-being of health and social care and home care personnel including volunteers.
Now offering a single grants scheme offering grants of up to £5000 for COVID-19 related projects. The aim is to make it easier for charities to access aid quickly to provide vital services during the Covid-19 crisis.
Neighbourly.com (Increased funding pot now in place)
Funded by M&S Family (including M&S Bank and M&S Energy), Lidl, Aldi, Danone UK & Ireland and Coca-Cola European Partners this new fund provides immediate micro-grants to community organisations that are helping the people most affected by the outbreak, including the elderly, those on low incomes and people at risk of food insecurity. NB As of 29th May, more than 600K had been allocated out of an increased funding pot of £1.16 million (The original funding pot was just 500K.)
2 New funds to help existing network and current grant recipients:
- The Emergency Fund is for immediate grants of up to £750 to purchase equipment, technology or memberships;
- The Resilience Fund will provide grants to cover cashflow, fundraising and loss of income, and to help with increased demand for services.
Initially, funding will only be available to the Foundation’s RankNet members, but public access may be given at a later date. They are currently reviewing their Pebble Grants programme criteria to allow for wider, public access.
Social Investment Business: Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (funded by Big Society Capital)
A new fund for social enterprises and charities who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. It was established to make an existing government scheme (the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) more easily accessible to charities and social enterprises. The £25m is part of a wider package of support announced by Big Society Capital.
Support Adoption For Pets provides funding to pet rescue organisations for purposes which make a real difference to the welfare of UK domestic pets in rescue and aim to reduce the number of domestic pets in rescue. Their grant programme has been redeveloped to support rescues throughout the short and medium-term impact of the Coronavirus.
The Barclays Foundation: COVID-19 Community Aid Package (More details coming soon)
A £100 million COVID-19 Community Aid Package - The package consists of two strands. £50million will be donated to charities chosen by Barclays and £50million will be donated by matching their employees' personal donations (individual organisations cannot apply for this funding. The money will be disbursed principally in the UK, but also in Barclays’ international markets, including the USA and India.
The Baring Foundation: Strengthening Civil Society: Supporting legal action related to Covid-19 (First Application Deadline 12 Noon, 28th May)
In collaboration with the Legal Education Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, provides grants of up to £40,000 for one year to support legal action in all its forms – empowering, persuading, challenging – that seeks to protect vulnerable individuals and communities from the impact of Covid-19 and the response to the pandemic from public authorities, businesses, and communities.
The Freelands Foundation (England & Northern Ireland): Emergency Fund (INDIVIDUALS ONLY)
Hardship grants of between £1,500 and £2,500 to enable individuals, including those on short-term PAYE contracts, to survive financially while they explore other ways of sustaining themselves during COVID-19. £1 million will be available to applicants living in England, and £500,000 to those living in NI
All funding decisions for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis. In addition, they are accelerating the cash part of this funding as much as they can, so that they can get money to where it needs to be. This is not new money, but it will be faster money.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund: Heritage Emergency Fund (New, larger grants available from 21st May 2020)
The new level of Heritage Emergency Fund grants are worth £50,000-£250,000. Available to all past and current National Lottery Heritage Fund grantees and can be used to cover essential costs for up to four months. Intended to help organisations in the heritage sector address immediate risks, become more stable and work towards longer-term recovery after the crisis. The new grants are in addition to the existing £3,000-£50,000 Heritage Emergency Fund grants which were launched in mid-April as the crisis began to unfold and will be open until 30th June. FAQ
The National Emergencies Trust launched an appeal to raise funds to help local charities to support those individuals suffering hardship as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The money raised is now available through the Community Foundation for NI's Coronavirus Community Fund - see above. It released £2.5m to community foundations on 26th March. (NB There is no separate fund.)
Offering a dedicated package of free Covid-19 support for all forms of community business – including woodlands, farms, bakeries, pubs and shops, as well as those developing groups that have been affected by the pandemic. Includes support and guidance on developing short – medium term cash flow, reviewing business plans, applying for funding, upholding good practice governance and utilising community shares and accessing government support.
The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund (Individuals only)
A new £5million grant and one to one support and guidance fund for young entrepreneurs aged 18-30 affected by coronavirus. Grants can be used to maintain core business operations during the crisis, as well as meet any existing financial commitments, such as paying for essential equipment or settling invoices from suppliers
The WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Fund: WEEE Support Grants and Loans Package (More details coming soon)
The Support Grants and Loans Package aims to support the electrical waste reuse and recycling sector as a result of the impact of the coronavirus. It will provide £5 million of interest free loans to electrical waste treatment facilities and £0.6 million of grants to charity sector reuse organisations.
COVID-19 FUNDS FROM TRUSTS & FOUNDATIONS CURRENTLY PAUSED/CLOSED, BUT EXPECTED TO REOPEN
- Alec Dickson Trust: COVID-19 Funding (Still closed as at 29th May but expected to reopen)
- CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund (Still paused as at 29th May pending more donations)
- Clothworkers' Emergency Capital Programme (Still paused temporarily as at 29th May)
- CRISIS: In This Together- Emergency Grants Programme (Still Paused as at 29th May)
- Edge Fund: COVID-19 Emergency Fund (First round closed 5th May but hoping to run further rounds)
- Leathersellers Coronavirus Focussed Small Grants (Now closed to applications, but new strategy coming in July)
- OneFamily Foundation: Community Grants (First round closed 12th May 2020 but another round will take place later this year - dates TBC)
- Sport NI - Sports Hardship fund (Still closed as at 29th May pending additional funding)
- The Arts Council of Northern Ireland: Artist's Emergency Programme (AEP) NB for individuals (Temporarily closed until further notice.)
- The Fore: The RAFT Fund (Rapid Action by the Fore) (Still paused as at 29th May pending more funding)
COVID-19 FUNDS FROM TRUSTS & FOUNDATIONS NOW CLOSED (UNLIKELY TO REOPEN)
- Barclays Bank: Barclays' 100x100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme (Closed 22nd May 2020)
- Community Foundation for NI: The McCall Social Care Fund (Closed 1pm, 1st June 2020
- Greggs Foundation - Coronavirus Emergency Appeal (Unlikely to reopen until 2021)
- Henderson Group: Community Cashback Grant (Nominations now closed)
- Irish Rugby Football Union (Northern Ireland): Club Continuity Fund (Closed 30th April 2020)
- Legal & General Coronavirus Emergency Charity Fund (Closed 20th April 2020)
- Live Here, Love Here - Small Grants Scheme (Closed 18th May 2020)
- MoneySavingExpert (Now closed to new applications)
- OFCOM Community Radio Fund Emergency Funding due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Outbreak (Now closed for 2020/2021)
- Office for Civil Society: Tampon Tax Fund (Closed Midnight 31st May 2020)
- Sir Jules Thorn Charitable: Hospice Fund (Closed 10th May 2020)
- Standard Life Coronavirus Funding (Closed 8th May)
- Tesco Bags of Help COVID 19 Communities Fund (Closed in Northern Ireland)
- Swimathon Foundation: Covid-19 Relief Fund (Closed 22nd May)
- The NIHE Covid 19 Community Support Fund (Closed as of 13th May 2020)
- The Elton John AIDS Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund (Now closed)
- The North Face: COVID-19 Explore Fund (Closed 22nd May)
- The Princes Countryside Fund (Closed 15th April)
- Thomas Pocklington Trust Emergency Fund for the sight loss sector (Closed)
- UFI Charitable Trust (UK): VocTech Now (Closed)