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Sport England Launches £20 Million Community Emergency Fund (due to Coronavirus)

Sport England has launched a new £20 million Fund to help sports and community organisations delivering physical activities who are experiencing short term financial hardship due to the Coronavirus crisis.

This can include rent payments, utility costs, insurances, core staffing costs, etc. The types of organisations eligible to apply include local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills, and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity.

Awards will be between £300 and £10,000. In exceptional circumstances Sport England will consider awards of more than £10,000.

Applicants should have exhausted all other government funding sources before applying to this fund.

Sport England expect that the Fund will be open until the 31st July 2020.

Further information

Grants to Support Children’s Health and Education

The next deadline to apply to the DM Thomas Foundation Central Grants Programme has been extended to the 22nd July 2020. Grants of up to £30,000 are available to registered charities for projects that improve education and health for young people in three key areas:

• Children and young people with disabilities
• Children and young people who are sick in hospital
• Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care).

The Foundation is a small charity and generally will not make awards of over £30,000 (per year) for up to two years.
Funding can be requested for one-off projects or for up to 2 years work.

Applications from schools and hospitals are welcomed as long as they are made through an appropriate registered charity.

Grant applications for up to £5,000 can be approved by the Director, up to £10,000 can be approved by the Grants Committee, and applications for more than £10,000 are recommended to the Trustees for final approval.

Further information

Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust – COVID Early Years Preventative Work

As a response to the current pandemic, the trust has changed its application guidelines and processes. Changes will apply for the spring application period march 16th – April 28th, in the first instance, by providing up to £5,000 unrestricted funding to small and medium charities under their Early years’ preventative work grants programme. 

These changes are intended to assist small and medium sized charities with small sums of unrestricted funding during this difficult period. We will be able to make more grants than usual but we do not expect to be able to fund all applicants.

Please read the new guidelines carefully before deciding whether or not you are eligible to apply.

The Trust will make grant to organisations working to  improve the life chances for some of the most disadvantaged children in England and Wales by investing in early intervention and preventative work. We support organisations whose work is with targeted groups of 0-3 year olds in England and Wales which will specifically improve the reach to these targeted groups and bring about improved defined outcomes for them.

Who can apply

  • Charities registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales whose last audited accounts show an income of less than £750,000 and
  • Charities that can demonstrate the likelihood of increased demand for their services and/or can demonstrate a loss of anticipated income attributable to the current pandemic

Duration and size of grants – Grants will be a one off payment of up to £5,000 and will be unrestricted.

Application date – Spring applications: applications can be submitted between  March 16th and April 28th 2020, with grants for successful applicants being as soon as possible after the closing date.

For more information click here.

Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme

The Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme (CECP) will award small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Priority will be given to organisations supporting vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups within our programme areas during this period.

Please note that this programme is not open to charities whose beneficiaries are based in London. We will be announcing separate initiatives for London charities over the coming days.

We recognise the immediate need for capital items and aim to make quick decisions on applications. However, if we receive a large volume of applications it may take up to two weeks for a decision to reach you.

We expect the criteria for this programme to evolve as our understanding of the needs of organisations supporting beneficiaries in our programme areas develops.

Key features of the fund:

  • Applications are only open to charities whose beneficiaries are not based in London
  • They will award capital grants of up to £5,000 (but we will not award grants equal to more than 50% of your annual income)
  • They aim to communicate a decision within one week (but it may take up to two weeks)
  • Capital projects that are planned as part of your organisation’s ordinary course of business are not eligible; for these you may wish to review the What We Fund page for our Open Grants Programmes

Key organisational eligibility:

  • Income of less than £2 million per annum
  • Work of the applicant organisation must fall within our nine programme areas
  • They do not support organisations that promote a particular religion or that only provide services to people of a particular religion

You must demonstrate your not-for-profit status in the application form and your accounts. We fund the following types of charitable and not-for-profit organisations:

  • Charities registered with the Charity Commission including Community Interest Organisations (CIO)
  • Community Interest Companies (limited by guarantee without share capital)
  • ‘Exempt Charities’ (in which case we require details of your principal regulator and/or evidence of HMRC exemption)
  • Special Schools

Please note that a ‘Constitution’ document alone is not a sufficient demonstration of eligibility.

Click here to apply or here for more information.

Source: Get Grants

Heritage Fund – Emergency Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  

The UK-wide fund – money raised from The National Lottery – will address immediate pressures over the next three-six months for those organisations most in need. It will be open for applications within the next few days.

We will continue to support more than 2,500 projects that we have already committed to – an investment of more than £1billion.

Eilish McGuinness, The National Lottery Heritage Fund Executive Director, Business Delivery, said:  “We know that circumstances are incredibly challenging for our heritage community right now and we want to do everything we can to support them. We hope this new fund will be a lifeline and a beacon of hope for organisations affected.

“Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, creating economic prosperity and supporting personal wellbeing. All of these are going to be vitally important as we emerge from this current crisis.”

Heritage Emergency Fund

The £50m fund will be available for grants of between £3,000 and £50,000.

It is available to organisations across the full breadth of heritage, including historic sites, industrial and maritime heritage, museums, libraries and archives, parks and gardens, landscapes and nature.

Organisations which have received funding in the past or are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant, can apply.

Priority will be given where:
•there is limited or no access to other sources of support
•where heritage is most at risk
•where an organisation is at risk of severe financial crisis due to COVID-19

A raft of extra support

We know that the majority of heritage organisations are facing temporary closure, severe impact on their revenue and staff shortages. Many face threats to their long-term futures. A small percentage fear they will not be able to last into the summer.

This is why we are taking a short, medium and long-term approach to our support for your immediate challenges and longer-term resilience and recovery.

For more information click here.

New Funding Programme Announces to Keep Children Safe From Crime and Violence

A new £6 million fund has been launched to support organisations working to prevent youth offending and make communities safer.

Comic Relief and the Youth Endowment Fund have joined forces to help keep children safe from violence by co-designing a new funding programme with help from young people affected by youth violence; and those organisations and individuals with experience of prevention.

The programme will aim to ensure that children most as risk of being drawn into crime and violence receive the support they need, and in particular will address rising knife crime.

Further details of the programme will be announced later in the year.

View further information here –

Tesco Bags of Help Funding Update

Tesco has decided that due to the current uncertainties around Covid-19, their Bags of Help (blue token voting scheme) has been suspended in stores until further notice.

The fund is still open to new applicants who wish to apply online for up to £2000 please visit

Anyone who has applied and is waiting to hear if they have been selected to go to store vote will unfortunately need to wait a bit longer.

Groundwork staff are available to support groups to apply for funding via email –

For more information, please visit Bags of Help Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions by clicking here.

HofECF Coronavirus Resilience Fund

Heart of England Community Foundation have launched an appeal for a Coronavirus Resilience Fund which will go live week commencing 23 March.

So far £53,000 has been raised. One hundred per cent of the donations will go towards supporting the community and the Foundation will relinquish all of its management fee in these difficult times.

For more information call 024 7688 4434 or email

Click here to donate to the Fund.

National Lottery Statement – COVID-19 and the Community Fund

The National Lottery know that many charities and community organisations across the UK are facing increasing challenges as a result of COVID-19 and we want to support those we fund as far as is possible at this difficult time.

Following the latest government guidance we have asked their staff to work from home and they are all equipped to do so. The National Lottery’s plan is to continue to deliver their services to applicants, grant holders and communities across the UK as normally as they can.

They have already started to shift application deadlines for some of our funds that were due to close soon. They also want to be flexible where grant-holders get into difficulty or see problems on the way.

They are however in uncharted territory and things will occur that they hadn’t expected and they will get things wrong. Please bear with them if they do, let them know, and they will be as helpful as possible as the situation unfolds.

At the moment their priority is to keep money flowing to support people, communities and the organisations.

To read the full National Lottery Update from Dawn Austwick CEO of the Community Fund click here.

Source: National Lottery Community Fund

Magic Little Grants 2020

Online fundraising platform Localgiving has announced that this year’s Magic Little Grants programme is now open for applications.

Small charities and community groups can apply for grants of up to £500 to support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise.  To be eligible applicant, organisations will need to have an annual income of below £250,000 or be in their first year of operation.

A total of 900 grants will be available.

Applications can be submitted at any time until the 31st October 2020.

More information

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