This Week's Funding News wc 20th April 2020

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Statements from key Trusts & Foundations on their COVID-19 responses

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COVID-19 Funds from Trusts & Foundations 

Click the link above to see details on all grants currently available from trusts and foundations specifically relating to COVID-19.  This includes the newest funds –

Standard Life Coronavirus funding

Funding for work 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. Examples are analysis of key issues, modelling of new proposals (such as enhanced sick pay, help with utilities, high cost credit payments, and changes to pensions), recording impacts on low-to-middle income groups and specific advocacy and policy work on a range of issues related to income, spending and assets. Projects funded may last only a few weeks or months but some may be longer. Grants will range from £5,000 to larger amounts.

Live Here Love Here: Small Grants Scheme

Grants are from £500 to £5,000 for volunteer and community groups, all school and third level education organisations, youth groups and sports clubs undertaking civic pride projects throughout NI.  This year also sees funding available for an additional strand of work, i.e.  supporting actions that help care for those in need as a result of COVID-19.

Leathersellers Coronavirus Focussed Small Grants

In the light of the unprecedented challenges that now face small charities providing vital services to the most vulnerable members of our community, their small grants programme invites applications from UK registered charities which are currently supporting the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless, provision of food and essential supplies, victims of domestic violence or nursing care to vulnerable patients.  Grants of up to £3000.

Legal and General: Coronavirus Emergency Charity Fund

A £500,000 emergency community fund providing grants of £5,000-£10,000 for charities and voluntary organisations which are supporting elderly and vulnerable people through the COVID 19 crisis.  Open to charitable organisations who generate under £1.5m  of income.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Community Response Fund

Emergency funds, up to a maximum of £3,000 per applicant, are now available through the ‘COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Community Response Fund’, from Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council for those actively helping residents stay resilient at this time.

Thomas Pocklington Trust Emergency Fund for the sight loss sector

£500,000 of essential support for sight loss sector organisations providing critical services for the physical and emotional well-being of blind and partially sighted people in these uncertain times. Grants up to £10,000 pounds or the equivalent of two months’ running costs (whichever is less) for use over the next six months.

Enkalon Foundation Coronavirus Community Support Fund

The Enkalon Foundation will move the focus of their modest funding pot to charities and community organisations helping people who are isolated and vulnerable in their local communities at this difficult time. As a small funder they focus their funding based on their core objectives in the former Antrim Borough Council area.

Comic Relief: No Child Goes Hungry – Community Support Programme

Grants of up to £2500 for community based food provision responses that support local families with children under the age of 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)

CWSAN (Cookstown and Western Shores Area Network): Small Grants for Unconstituted Groups

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. To find out more and apply call Conor on 0738435667

The Fore: The RAFT Fund (Rapid Action by the Fore)

Emergency grants of up to £5,000 to help small charities and social enterprises respond to the COVID-19 crisis.  Currently this is only open to existing grantees but they are aiming to raise £1 million funding to extend to other organisations

CRISIS: In This Together- Emergency Grants Programme

An emergency grants fund to support local groups 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. Two types of grant - Awards of up to £5k for short term responses to Coronavirus emergency, and Awards of up to £50K for long term needs such as potential expansion and change of services.


This rapid response Fund aimed to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 were available to help them to continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK. They aimed to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application.  As of 10/04/20 this grant scheme was unfortunately paused after £20 million in requests was received.  It may reopen pending further funding becoming available.

See also Updates on how Government funders are managing existing funding  

See also New Government funding to address Covid-19 impacts

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