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Covid-19 Funding Opportunities

Updated 22 July 2020

Here you will find information on funding opportunities for charities and community groups impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.

First and foremost, be sure to look at the Hampshire CVS Network‘s monthly categorised Funding Bulletin, the latest edition of which can be found here.

The following is a list of grant schemes that you may be able to apply for:

  • The Government’s new Coronavirus Community Support Fund opened for applications on Friday 22 May.  This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England.  The Fund has two key objectives:
    • To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
    • 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.
  • Hampshire County Council has increased the annual grant available for local projects, initiatives and organisations allocated by each county councillor, and brought forward the window for applications in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. The maximum grant payable is £10,000, and the scheme is open from 1 April 2020 to 28 February 2021.
  • While Hampshire and IOW Community Foundation have unfortunately had to halt their regular grant programmes, two emergency grant programmes are now available to help local groups and organisations tackle the coronavirus crisis :
    National Emergencies Trust (NET)’ offers emergency support for organisations supporting local communities suffering hardship as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust have developed a special grants program for projects that assist vulnerable veterans at this time of the Covid-19 Pandemic, with emergency funding of up to £20,000.
  • Alpkit – go nice places, do good things grant – Alpkit are now prioritising their funds to support projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected by the Covid-19 virus crisis.
  • Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Community Fund – Tesco is offering support through Bags of Help covid-19 community fund grants of £500 (and food donations), for local groups.
  • WRAP Emergency Surplus Food Grant: phase 2 – Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 to fund capital and revenue costs for organisations who can redistribute surplus food from retailers, wholesalers, and food manufacturers, to people in need or those considered vulnerable.
  • The Schroder Charity Trust – Grants up to £5000 for supporting: education and young people / health / communities / environment and conservation / heritage / arts and culture / international development / the armed forces.
  • The Police and Crime Commissioner has launched their COVID-19 Keeping Communities Safer Fund.  If you or someone you know has a great idea to help your local community for £500 or less you can ask the Police and Crime Commissioner now.
  • The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust – Grants of up to £1,500 for eligible small charities. Requests are considered for contributions to core funding or for specific projects.

Additional funding opportunities for more specific projects and purposes can be found at Grants Online or Charities Aid Foundation.


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