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Covid-19 Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Many funders (including LLST) are signatories to the London Funders' statement on sector support. Speak to any funders as soon as you can about your current situation and any expected impact on projects, staffing etc.

London Funders' Community Response Fund

A collaboration with other organisations has created a pot to help support groups responding to the needs of communities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Many funders and organisations (including LLST) are receiving grant applications through this one portal to try and ensure a joined-up approach to funding.

Funding is currently open, and is expected to close by the end of July. you can apply for funding under the following categories:

1. Crisis grants are for organisations that need to urgently provide food, essentials and support to communities through crisis.
2. Enable grants supports work that helps to prevent difficulties arising from the crisis escalating, and that enables people to emerge from crisis.
3. Adapt grants help organisations to restart, adapt or collaborate for the future.

The National Lottery Community Fund

This £200m fund is part of the Government's £750m support package for charities. Grants are generally for six months, but longer timeframes will be considered. A wide range of funding amounts are available, starting from £300. Funding of £10,000-£100,000 is available, with larger amounts considered, as well as partnership applications being available.

Community Justice Fund

A nationwide funding pot for specialist legal advice charities. This is a joint initiative, hosted by the Access to Justice Foundation, to help specialist social welfare legal advice organisations cope with the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and lay the foundations for longer-term renewal.

Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme

Grants up to £100,000 to organisations delivering services in their local community to support people who are at high risk from Covid-19. Applications will only be open for short windows - Tuesday 4 August from 10am till 1pm and Tuesday 11 August from 10am till 1pm.

Baring Foundation - Strenghtening Civil Society

There are three new funding streams to support grantholders and broader civil society to tackle the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Deadlines are staggered throughout 2020.

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund - applications paused

Available for organisations with a turnover below £1m. You can apply for unrestricted funding of up to £10,000 for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas. You must be able to describe how an emergency grant will improve the situation for your organisation and community. 

Crisis - applications paused

Funding for agencies working on homelessness prevention and support. Small (£5,000) and larger (up to £50,000) grants are available. 

Area specific funding:

Community Foundation for Surrey

Coronavirus Response Fund has launched to support local charities and voluntary organisations that are assisting some of Surrey's most vulnerable people. Grants of up to £5k.

FSJ Charites - Essex

FSJ incorporates three Trusts, and they are providing Emergency Funding to organisations based in Essex. There is no formal application form, so please contact them for further details.

National Emergency Trust Coronavirus Appeal - East End Community Foundation

East End Emergency Fund has been launched to support the local voluntary and community sector. Appeal is ongoing so no set funding announced yet, but if you are in need of funding to deliver emergency or immediate response activities please email brief information to

EECF is also part of the National Emergencies Trust (NET) Coronavirus Appeal and should have further allocated funds to distribute soon.

Sussex Crisis Fund

Designed to help fund the emerging needs facing the community, charities and community groups that support them, at this time. Initially, emergency grants of up to £5,000 are available.

UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham Community Coronavirus (Covid-19) Fund

Emergency fund for groups working in our local community, in partnership with Hammersmith & Fulham Council. The fund is open for applications for community organisations, with micro grants available.

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