Funding News August 2020

Asda Foundation Covid-19 Grants
The Asda Foundation support local grass roots organisations which benefit and involve local communities centred around Asda Food Stores. In response to Covid-19, Asda Foundation have developed 2 new grant streams:

Hygiene Grant: This grant is focused on personal hygiene dignity, supporting residents/patients in facilities, who are struggling and unable to provide their own toiletries either through lack of funds or access to family support. Applications can be made by care homes, hospices, hospitals and homeless shelters.
Healthy Holiday Grant: This grant is designed to support groups that typically would be holding summer holiday activities to ensure children are provided with a hot meal. There are two options and matching criteria that would apply depending on whether social distancing is relaxed before school holidays or not and there are examples in the guidance of what your activities might look like, You can read more here.
Who can apply?
a Charity
a not for profit company
a Community Interest Company (CIC)
an unincorporated Club or Association
How much can you apply for?
Grants are available for up to £500.

Further support
If you need further support, please contact

How to apply
You can find out more and apply online here.

British Red Cross – Hardship Fund

The British Red Cross Hardship Fund aims to address acute hardship and suffering to the those who are vulnerable, providing a short-term financial safety net for people most impacted by the pandemic. The fund aims to support up to 13,000 of the most vulnerable over a three-month period.

Who can apply?
Local Authorities and charity partners can contact The British Red Cross to identify potential recipients of the fund. If you are interested in finding out more about the fund to support those most impacted by Covid-19, or to become a referral partner, please visit their website. You can read referral criteria here.

What can you apply for?
The fund is there to provide help to people who are unable to afford essentials including:

  • Food and toiletries
  • Somewhere safe to sleep
  • Access to a telephone and the internet
  • Fuel to keep the lights on, cook and stay warm
    How much can you apply for?
    Funds distributed to those who meet the criteria will receive a pre-paid card. The cash grant will be a maximum of £360, paid in three monthly instalments of £120 each. Families with children or other dependants can apply for up to three grants, for a total of £1,080 over the three-month period

The pre-paid cards can be used online or in shops using chip and pin or contactless. ATM withdrawals are limited to £35 for the lifetime of the card (14 weeks).

Further information
Read more here.

The Yapp Charitable Trust – core funding for small charities

The Yapp Charitable Trust has invited small UK charities affected by the impact of Covid-19 to apply for grants of up to £3,000.
Who can apply?
Registered charities who have been established for a minimum of 3 years, with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000, who are undertaking work that focuses on one of these priority groups:

  • Elderly people.
  • Children and young people, aged 5 – 25.
  • People with physical impairments, learning difficulties or mental
    health challenges.
  • Social welfare – people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin (such as addiction, relationship
    difficulties, abuse, offending).
    What can you use the money for?
    They only make grants for ongoing core funding, which they define as costs associated with regular activities or services that have been ongoing for at least a year. They cannot not fund new projects, extra services or additional delivery costs. This includes creating a paid post for work that is currently undertaken on a voluntary basis or rent for premises that are currently cost free.

Further information
Further guidance available here

RAFT Transition Fund
This will support small charities and social enterprises to: adapt to the post-lockdown world and strengthen their organisations; plan ahead; become more sustainable; and refocus on the new needs of their beneficiaries. Unrestricted grants to £15,000 are open to organisations working with marginalised groups and led by people in the community that may previously have had difficulty accessing funding. Register quickly to apply. This is capped on a first-come basis. You then have 4-6 weeks to submit the project application.

UK Community Foundations (UKCF)
UK Community Foundations (UKCF) is making a new infrastructure fund available for organisations that can help even more BAME-led organisations to apply for NET grants through their local Community Foundations. An initial £250,000 has been allocated for this purpose, with more funds anticipated on a rolling basis.

UKCF is seeking applications from BAME-led infrastructure organisations to access the new fund. Grants between £5,000 – £20,000 over a maximum of three months are available. The panel will award grants as applications are received from an open call on a rolling basis.
Read more

Coronavirus Community Support Fund
The Coronavirus Community Support Fund is closing to applications on Monday 17 August 2020 at 12 noon.

If you’re planning to apply for the Government-funded Coronavirus Community Support Fund
You must submit your application by 12 noon on 17 August 2020. You can access your application here. The National Lottery Community Fund should finish awarding these funds by the end of October 2020.

Crowdfunding with the Aviva Community Fund
Open to small charities and constituted community groups with innovative ideas that benefit their community; or which have projects that will ensure
they can adapt or maintain critical services & infrastructure in response to the impacts of COVID-19. Funding of up to £50,000 is available. Applications are now open till 13th October. For details see

ESFA Community Training Grants
Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Community Training Grants, which are available to apply for on a rolling basis, are grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 for projects that will support unemployed and economically inactive people on their journey towards paid employment. In light of the economic impact of the pandemic, funding such as this, is important for both businesses that have been affected, as well as the many people that have lost their jobs. Applicants must be from third sector organisations or small businesses with less than 49 members of staff, and have annual turnover of less than €10 million. The deadline for the next round of applications is 9am Monday 24th August. Follow the link below for more information:

Funds for Leisure & Recreation, Biodiversity & Buildings
The Trust provides funds to not-for-profit organisations for physical site improvements to:
• Provide, maintain or improve an amenity used primarily for leisure and recreation.
• Conserve biodiversity by the provision, conservation, restoration or enhancement of a
natural habitat or the maintenance or recovery of a species in its natural habitat.
• Maintain, repair or restore a building, other structure or a site of
archaeological interest which is open to the public.
Smaller projects grants are available to £20,000 and Primary
fund grants are available to £50,000. Use their Postcode
Checker for site eligibility. For details, post code check &
CTP payment info and to apply see

The Pheonix Fund
The Phoenix Fund (with funds from the NTL) supports Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) charities and groups that are working in the heart of their communities, providing essential and emergency services, support, and education tailored to the BAME community; and in particular, those communities affected by Covid-19. It will provide grants of up to £20,000 to small not for profits led by BAME representatives. There are 4 rounds. Closing date for round 1 is 21st August 2020. See for details.

The Theatres Reopening Fund
The Theatres Trust has repurposed their small grants scheme to support theatres run by charities and NFPs to cover the additional costs of reopening after several months’ closure.
This can include:

  • alterations to circulation spaces to enable social distancing
  • changes to ventilation systems
  • purchase and installation of Perspex screens and sanitisation stations
  • any other equipment and building improvements that support reopening
    See, call and to discuss before applying, decisions
    within 4 weeks made on rolling basis through 2020.

Chapman Charitable Trust
Deadline: 31st August 2020
Grants are available for charities that support wellbeing, the natural environment and the arts through activities located in North Wales, London or South East England.

With thanks to Reading Voluntary Action, Slough CVS, Wokingahm & Bracknell InVOLve and West Berkshire Volunteer Centre for information contained in this article.

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