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Funding for charities and social enterprises

A list of funding for charities and social enterprises.

In April 2020 the government announced a £750 million package of funding to support the work of charities during the coronavirus outbreak, this included:

  • £370 million for small and medium-sized charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund for those in England, will support local organisations including those delivering food, essential medicines and providing financial advice.


£360 million directly allocated by Government departments to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis. These will include:

  • £200m hospices to help increase capacity
  • St John Ambulance to support the NHS, for Citizens Advice to increase the number of staff providing advice and for charities supporting vulnerable children.
  • Vulnerable children charities, so they can continue delivering services on behalf of local authorities
  • Citizens Advice to increase the number of staff providing advice during the crisis 

The government departments will be identifying priority recipients with the aim for charities to receive money in the coming weeks. We will update this page as details emerge.

In addition, the government has announced several smaller pots of funding for charities working in the following areas. This includes:

  • £2m for victims’ charities that provide domestic abuse helplines and online support, to help with potential increase in demand
  • £20m to international development charities and a further £50m for the Red Cross for their work in difficult to reach areas such as those suffering from armed conflict
  • £5m for leading mental health charities and support services.

Access is a wholesaler of grant subsidy into social investment funds and other initiatives. Therefore we do not make funding available to charities and social enterprises directly. If you are a charity or social enterprise looking for support or to find out more about social investment please visit Good Finance.

Individually tailored grants of up to £2,000 for children and young people who have experienced a recent crisis or significant change in life. We can fund items and activities to help improve social and emotional wellbeing and increase capacity to engage in education and learning Grants targeted at improving the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people and their capacity to engage in education and learning. There is a particular focus on:

  • maintaining educational activity and stimulus within the home environment
  • establishing and/or maintaining internet access and communications household essentials.
Apply for a grant - Buttle UK.

We are a leading charity and bank seeking to connect vital organisations, institutions and individuals working to ensure everyone has a stake in the future. We exist to accelerate progress in society towards a fair and sustainable future for all.

More about CAF at cafonline.org.

In March 2020 a new fund was set up to allow local councillors to support Leicester community groups that are helping vulnerable people in their wards.
Details of the fund can be found on our press release

Requests for access to the funds can be made through ward councillors.

Locality is a national membership network for community organisations.

Locality state they support community organisations to be strong and successful so communities thrive.
Link to some of the funding being made available for charities during the COVID-19 pandemic,

EFF are currently changing their approach. In addition to funding organisations with larger, longer grants, they will take a more active role. Working in collaboration with others, we will use all our tools to unlock change - not just grants and investments - but our influence, endowment, and our ability to broker alliances and remove barriers.

See guidance for organisations looking for a grant or social investment and to find out more about Esmee on the following link:

Find out more at Fairbairn Foundation funding.

One-off grants up to £3,000, with a fast track application process. Available to UK registered charities supporting:

  • currently supporting vulnerable people;
  • working in geographical areas of high deprivation (within the UK); and have an annual income under £200,000

Capped Applications

From September 2020 to June 2021 there will be 14 rounds for applications to be submitted. The number of applications is capped to ensure time spent applying is proportionate to a chance of funding. Submissions will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Get more information about the Leathersellers' Company fund.

All grants support local charitable, voluntary and community groups meeting local needs: homelessness, physical and mental health, sports and the arts, poverty and disadvantage, family support, elderly lunch clubs – and much more.  

National Lottery Awards for All England

Grants of £300 to £10,000 with priority given to organisations:

  • supporting people who are at high risk from covid-19
  • supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of measures to prevent the result of covid-19
  • with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of covid-19 
Awards for All England fund.

We have received a high number of applications for the fund and are therefore closed for new applications at this time. If you would like to register interest on behalf of your organisation for future phases of the fund, please submit your information on the link below.

Sport England have modified their funding streams to help people safely return to play and are targeting the places they'll have the biggest impact.

In addition to their regular funding streams, which have been affected by the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, They've opened a £16.5m Return to Play Fund.

There are three parts to this new fund - Small Grants and the Community Asset Fund, which have been adapted from pre-coronavirus funds, and Active Together crowdfunding, which has been extended - with all three now focusing on a safe return to play and narrowing the inequalities gap in sport and physical activity.

Support Adoption for Pets support charities and not-for-profit organisations whose main activity is either:

  • the rescue and rehoming of UK pets or
  • the provision of temporary support to ensure pets can remain with their owners
Support Adoption For Pets funds projects which have a direct impact on animal welfare and fund up to £10,000.

Get more information on the Support Adoption for Pets fund.

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme, which funds thousands of community projects every year.

The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community. During October, November and December 2020 the grant scheme will provide grants of up to £1000 to support projects focused on local children and young people.

Tesco Bags of Help website

Grants up to £5000 for supporting:

  • education and young people
  • health
  • communities
  • environment and conservation
  • heritage
  • arts and culture
  • international development
  • the armed forces
Get more information on the Schroder Trust's fund. 

Grants of up to £1,500 for eligible small charities. Requests are considered for contributions to core funding or for specific projects. There are no reporting requirements.

Get more information on the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust's fund.

Support for teachers, teaching assistants, nursery workers, caretakers and lunch supervisors who have worked within the education sector for at least five years. Grant can be used to help with bills, household costs, travel or other essentials.

Get more information on the Teaching Staff Trust's fund.

CrowdFund Leicester is the City Mayor’s crowdfunding initiative to connect people, communities and businesses to turn their ideas into reality. It provides an online platform to share your ideas with the public who can pledge their support. Projects can also pitch to the City Mayor’s Community Engagement Fund, Ward Community Funding and Business Funds as part of their crowdfunding campaign.

Spacehive, the crowdfunding platform that hosts CrowdFund Leicester, are waiving fees and relaxing eligibility criteria for projects created during the coronavirus lockdown.

CrowdFund Leicester.