Funding News Related to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Outbreak

Wednesday 5th August 2020


New this Week:

Armed Forces Covenant Fund – Force for Change Programme

Grants of up to £20,000 are available for projects supporting Armed Forces communities to become less isolated and engage more in their local area and the needs that have arisen as a result of Covid-19. To be eligible to apply, the applicant organisation must be an established registered charity or Community Interest Company (CIC) with substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities; an Armed Forces unit or base; a local authority; or a school. The funding is being made available through the Armed Forces Covenant Fund’s Force for Change programme. There will be two funding rounds between now and noon on the 30th November 2020. The first closing date will be noon on the 11th September 2020. To be considered in Round 2, applications need to be submitted by noon on Monday the 30th November 2020.


Arts Council – Culture Recovery Fund

Arts Council England has announced that it will open its new Culture Recovery Fund on the 10th August 2020. The fund will make grants of between £50,000 to £3 million to cultural organisations that were financially stable before Covid-19, but are now at imminent risk of failure. The type of organisations that can apply include Cultural organisations (both profit and not for profit); local authorities; universities and public sector bodies based in England. The closing date for applications for round one is 12 midday on the 21st August 2020 and for round two 12 midday on the 4th September 2020.,6Z5U2,W725XH,S38ZX,1#section-2


Aviva Community Fund


Small charities and constituted community groups with innovative ideas that benefit their community can apply for funding of up to £50,000 for projects that build more connected, more resilient communities and give people the tools to become more financially independent. In response to the Covid-19 Aviva are temporarily opening up the Fund to projects that will ensure organisations can adapt or maintain critical services and infrastructure in response to the impacts of COVID-19. Projects must still relate to one of Aviva’s key funding areas. The closing date for this funding round is the 13th October 2020.


Common Call COVID Fund

A limited number of grants are available to support black (and Mixed with Black) social entrepreneurs and change-makers making a difference in their local communities in the UK.

There are 25 grants available of between £1,000 and £3,000.

The funding for this scheme comes from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The fund is administered by Do It Now Now, an open innovation organisation driven by the desire to bring social empowerment to Black Communities across the globe.

Grants are available to support Black-led social enterprises and charities in the UK, so they are able to survive and thrive, even during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

The fund aims to help its grantees:

·         -Get better informed about their options (moving to new methods of delivery) post coronavirus/COVID-19.

·         -Develop new enterprising activities and earned income strategies.

·         -Test the viability of specific propositions.

·         -Develop clear, implementable action plans for such activity.

The deadline for applications is 31 August 2020 (7pm).


COVID-19 Discretionary Business Grant – Deadline extended!

The government have announced a new Discretionary Business Grant Fund to support businesses that are NOT eligible for the small business grant funding but who have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The deadline for applications has been extended to 20th August 2020.

Complete the online Discretionary Business Grant Fund application form.


Any enquiries should be sent to


Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

Heritage organisations in England that are at risk of no longer trading viably this financial year can apply now for grants of between £10,000 and £3 million to cover any reasonable costs that helps them recover and become viable.

The £88 million Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage is administered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Historic England. The Fund is part of the £1.57 billion rescue package announced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to safeguard cultural and heritage organisations across the UK from the economic impact of COVID-19.

The funding aims to help organisations adapt and recover; re-open and follow public health guidelines; or temporarily scale back.

The funding must be spent by 31 March 2021.

There will be one application round.

Applications will be accepted from noon on 30 July until noon on 17 August 2020.


Petplan Charitable Trust – Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to help small and medium-sized charitable equine welfare organisations which have experienced unprecedented financial and operational challenges as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The Petplan Charitable Trust has joined together with World Horse Welfare and the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) to create a Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund to help smaller equine welfare organisations whose primary focus is the rescue and rehoming of equines. Priority will be given to NEWC members and those smaller organisations that have not received emergency funding from other emergency funds. The average grant is expected to be around £2,500-£3,000. The deadline for the third round of applications is the 16th October 2020.


Postcode Neighbourhood Trust


Due to the current pandemic, in 2020 we are focusing on organisations affected by COVID-19 under the themes:

-Supporting your organisation’s resilience

-Adapting or expanding services to meet new challenges

Organisations can apply using the online form which appears during the following dates in 2020:

4th – 19th August


Power to Change – Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme

Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme offers grants up to £100,000 to community organisations in England who are facing financial difficulties caused by Covid-19. The scheme is aimed at organisations delivering services in their local community to support people who are at high risk from Covid-19, with an emphasis on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)-led or BAME-supporting businesses. The £9.5 million Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme is being delivered by Power to Change, Locality, The Ubele Initiative and Social Investment Business on behalf of the National Lottery Community Fund. The deadlines for applications are Tuesday 4 August from 10am till 1pm and Tuesday 11 August from 10am till 1pm.




Due to web site difficulties outside the control of Wigan Rotary Club it has been decided to extend the closing date for applications for Dragons Den to SATURDAY 15th AUGUST. Although lockdown rules have tightened in recent days some community groups have started thinking about restarting their meetings after several months of being unable to see friends and colleagues. However there is concern regarding the number of members who will be willing to return without reassurance regarding their safety and the cost of providing it which will involve purchasing items such as hand sanitiser, anti- bacterial wipes etc..

Wigan Rotary Club has therefore launched a ‘Dragons Den’ style event for groups looking for a donation to cover the cost of items such as those mentioned above.  Local groups based in postcode areas WN1, WN3, WN5, WN6 are invited to submit their request. Following initial consideration those groups selected will receive a donation to cover the cost of items.

Wigan Rotary Club President Rosemary Charles said ‘ In these difficult times when we are all having to tighten our belts, I am sure there are local groups in the Wigan area who could really use a donation to buy items such as those mentioned above to help them.’

Bids for items up to a value of £100 will be considered and Rosemary continued ’the Application Form and criteria are on our website and we don’t expect a person trained in form filling to complete it, we want to hear from members of the group.’ Visit the website or ring 07813 471000 if you have any queries.

The closing date for entries is 15th August

Zoo Animals Fund

Offering grant aid to zoos and aquariums requiring additional support with caring for their animals following a reduction in income caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Licensed zoos and aquariums in England which are facing severe financial difficulties can now apply for grants of up to £730,000 to pay for animal welfare related costs and essential maintenance. The scheme also offers grants to support rehoming costs in the event that zoos need to downsize or potentially close.

Grants will be awarded on the basis of need where zoos face a shortfall despite doing everything possible to reduce their costs and raise income. This will include money to pay for veterinary care, medicines and animal feed as well as paying for staffing costs for those directly providing animal care.

Applications are being accepted until 16 November 2020.




Fat Beehive Foundation

Max. Value: £ 2,500

Grants are available to small UK registered charities for building websites or digital products that enable them to carry out their work in a more efficient and effective way, resulting in positive social benefit.