Important updates to funding being made available to help with the impact that COVID-19 is having on local communities and organisations that are helping local people.


Prince’s Countryside Fund (UK)

Name of Fund: Barclays 100×100 UK Covid-19 Community Relief Fund

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects from across the UK which are working to create resilient rural communities. The Prince’s Countryside Fund will award funding from the Barclays 100×100 UK Covid-19 Community Relief Fund to support farming and rural communities to cope with the impact of Covid-19, to expand on new services that have emerged to support the local community during this time and to build future resilience. Applications are encouraged from community-led organisations with a turnover under £500,000 per year, from communities with a population of up to 3,000 residents. Examples could Include rolling out longer-term food and medicine delivery services; social groups to support isolated people; or mental health support. The Fund will close when enough eligible applications have been received.

Social Investment Business (UK)

Name of Fund: Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

In response to the coronavirus, Social Investment Business have launched a Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund for social enterprises and charities which have been adversely impacted by the pandemic. The £25 million fund provides emergency loans of between £100,000 to £1,500,000 without requiring personal guarantees and charging no interest fees or interest for twelve months. The Fund is intended to provide working capital until normal business can resume for organisations that are facing financial difficulty. Loans could be used to cover delays in trade payments, or for business modification to meet the increase in service demand. The initial £25 million has been provided by Big Society Capital, with loans backed by the Government’s existing Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. The closing date for applications is 11.59 pm on the 31st March 2021.

Swimathon Foundation (UK)

Name of Fund: Covid-19 Relief Fund 2.0

Swimming and aquatic clubs and organisations experiencing short-term financial hardship due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic can apply for grants of between £250 and £1,000 through the Swimathon Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund 2.0. Funding is available to help cover loss of revenue or fixed costs such as equipment or pool hire and event hosting fees for an event which has now been cancelled. Priority will be given to organisations who were not eligible for and have not received funding from the first round of the Fund or from any government-funded organisation. Applications which relate to the financial impact for the period of the 1st November 2020 to the 31st March 2021 will be considered. The deadline for applications is the 26th February 2021.

Central England Co-operative  (Central England)

Name of Fund: Community Dividend Fund

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Central England Co-operative’s Community Dividend Fund will provide immediate financial support for charities, community groups, and local good causes suffering financial hardship due to the pandemic. Grants of between £100 to £5,000 (the average grant is £2,000) are available to employees and members of Central England Co-operative for projects which help local communities deal with the impact of Covid-19. The aim of the fund will be to reduce the potential for loneliness and feeling of isolation of vulnerable people, ensuring their mental health and wellbeing is maintained. Funding will also provide emergency support such as food banks. The Society will consider funding a defined part of a larger project, such as the refurbishment of premises. The deadline for applications is the 28th February 2021.

Near Neighbours (England)

Name of Fund: Community Covid Relief Grants

Grants of up to £4,000 are available to local projects that support communities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, addressing their emerging needs and improving community engagement with public health initiatives. Grassroots organisations, charities, community groups, religious and other not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding from the Near Neighbours Programme – Community Covid Relief Grants for projects that keep people safe, connected and informed. The fund operates in specific areas of Lancashire, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, the Black Country, East Midlands, Birmingham, Peterborough, Luton, West London, and East London and will support new or developed work which should finish before the end of March 2021. Organisations should discuss their applications with their local Near Neighbours Coordinator in the first instance.

More regional and UK-wide funding information is available on the Grants Online website here