National Lottery Community Fund Coronavirus Fund Open

NLCF has announced that the governments Corona Coronavirus Community Support Fund is open from 10am on Friday 22nd May.

The Fund has two key objectives:

  1. To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
  2. To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.

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COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund

Emergency funding is available for frontline homelessness charitable organisations in England who are directly affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. A total of £6 million will be awarded in grants. Match funding is not required.

  • The size of the grant available depends on the turnover of the organisation:
  • Turnover of less than £100,000: grants of £10,000.
  • Turnover of between £100,000 and £ 1 million: minimum grant size is £10,000; maximum grant size is 10% of the organisation’s turnover.
  • Turnover of between £1 million and £5 million: minimum grant size is £25,000; maximum grant size is £100,000.

The fund is open to applications. The first application deadline is 27 May 2020.

Funding for the first round will be awarded in June 2020. There will be further opportunities to apply for funding in this financial year.

Guidance notes and an online application form can be accessed on the website of Homeless Link (

Contact Homeless Link for further information at

Football Foundation—Pitch Preparation Fund

Grants are available for football clubs and organisations in England and Wales to get their natural and artificial grass pitches ready for when the Government’s coronavirus/COVID-19 advice allows football to start being played again. A total of £9.56 million will be awarded in grants.

Eligible clubs can apply for the following amounts:National League System clubs (Step 1 to 6): grants of up to £1,500 for stadium pitch.

FA Women’s Pyramid clubs (Tier 1 to 5): grants of up to £1,500 for stadium pitch.

Welsh Cymru Premier League clubs: grants of up to £1,500 for stadium pitch.

Eligible affiliated grass-roots clubs and organisations (including step 7) that maintain:

  • One full-size pitch (or equivalent) can apply for grants of up to £1,500.
  • Two to three full-size pitches (or equivalent) can apply for grants of up to £2,500.
  • Four or more full-size pitches (or equivalent) can apply for grants of up to £5,000.
  • A full-size equivalent pitch includes all 11v11 and 9v9 pitches. A mini soccer pitch counts as 0.5 pitches.

Applications can be submitted until 9pm on 25 May 2020.

The funding is for covering the costs of:

  • Aeration.
  • Chain harrowing.
  • Consumable materials.
  • Fertilising.
  • Flail mowing.
  • Grass cutting.
  • Line marking.
  • Over seeding.
  • Turfing.
  • Weed killing.
  • Vertical decompaction.

For 3G pitches the funding can also be used for:

  • Deep cleaning.
  • FA pitch testing.
  • Maintenance.

Any work that has been completed since the FA suspended football on 16 March 2020 is eligible to be funded.

Applications are to be submitted through the Football Foundation’s application portal which can be accessed on the Football Foundation’s website

Contact the Football Foundation for further information using 0345 345 4555

Support Adoption for Pets Grant Programme

Support Adoption For Pets logo.

Suitable for charities and non-profit organisations in the UK whose main objective is to find homes for pets in the UK and support pet rescues. Grants of up to £10,000 or up to 30% of total annual expenditure, whichever is the lower amount, is available.

The grants are aimed at projects that have a direct impact on the welfare of domestic animals in rescue and funding is available for purposes that:

  • Make a real difference to the welfare of UK domestic pets in rescue.
  • Aim to reduce the number of domestic pets in rescue.

In light of the current coronavirus/COVID-19 situation, the charity will currently only fund vet bills, boarding costs, food, salaries of (non-furloughed) animal care staff, utilities and consumables.

Help with running costs (vet bills or boarding costs) are capped at 20% of a rescues annual expenditure.

There are no deadlines and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. In the first instance, applicants should contact the Grant Funding Coordinator to discuss their application and get access to the application form. Applications must be submitted by email.

Contact Support Adoption for Pets for further information on 0161 486 6688 or or visit their website at

Veterans’ Foundation

Veterans' Foundation logo.

Grants are available to support charities and not-for-profit organisations that provide lifetime support to those in need among serving Armed Forces personnel, veterans, and their immediate families. The maximum grant available is £30,000. Applications for spread grants, eg, a total of £30,000 awarded as £10,000 per year for three years, will also be considered. The Foundation tends to award more small grants than large grants.

Applications are considered at committee meetings four times a year in January, April, June, and October. Applications should be submitted by the end of the month preceding the meeting, so by the end of December, March, May, or September.

The funding can be used for projects covering a range of aspects of social care for the Armed Forces community, including but not limited to:

  • Homelessness.
  • Employability.
  • Poverty.
  • Disability.
  • Welfare issues and medical support.
  • Reducing dependency on drugs and alcohol.
  • Mental health.
  • Marriage guidance.
  • Care during old age.
  • Confidence building and social integration.

Guidance notes and the application form can be found on the Veterans’ Foundation’s website (

Applications should be submitted electronically but paper applications are also accepted in exceptional cases.

Contact the Veterans’ Foundation for further information on

Pink Ribbon Foundation

Grants are available to breast cancer charities in the UK that assist people affected by breast cancer and organisations that work on breast cancer research and prevention. The maximum grant awarded is generally £5,000, but the Trustees may consider extending this in special circumstances. Funding is available for revenue, capital or project costs.

Priority will be given to:

  • Programmes that work to promote a positive view of breast cancer.
  • Applications from Black, Minority and Ethnic (BME) communities.
  • Groups who support and encourage volunteers.
  • Organisations dealing with exceptional circumstances.

Coronavirus/COVID-19 update: The application deadline for 2020 funding has been extended from 29 May 2020 to 26 June 2020. It is hoped that the grants will still be awarded by the end of July.

Groups that have not registered with the Pink Ribbon Foundation and are considering applying for a grant can send an email to the Foundation at any time of the year to be added to the register.

An application form can be found on the Foundation’s website ( The completed application form must be accompanied by the charity’s most recent annual report and accounts.

Contact the Pink Ribbon Foundation for further information on 0788 1818123 or

Youth Endowment Fund—COVID-19 Grant Round

Grants are available for organisations supporting young people at risk of youth violence in England and Wales. The total fund is £6.5 million, half of which will be reserved for charities and social enterprises. The minimum grant available is £25,000. There is no maximum grant value; however, grants awarded will be proportionate to the turnover of the applying organisation. The average grant is expected to be around £50,000. Applications can be submitted at any time until 3 June 2020 (midday).

Through its COVID-19 grant round, YEF aims to reach and help vulnerable children (aged 10-14) at risk of youth violence who, as a result of coronavirus/COVID-19 and social distancing measures, have lost the support they rely on and have become increasingly invisible. It will fund and evaluate work taking place in England and Wales that both supports these vulnerable young people and can be delivered while adhering to UK government social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines.

Grants are available to fund and evaluate work in the following two key areas:

  • Digital/virtual delivery of programmes, specifically:

o Remote/digital/virtual delivery of programmes delivered on a one-to-one basis.

o Remote/digital/virtual delivery of group-based programmes.

o Remote/digital/virtual delivery of guided self-help or interactive content.

  • Face-to-face activity that can be delivered while adhering to social distancing/stay-at-home guidelines, specifically:

o Face-to-face activity delivered within schools, including activities to help vulnerable young people return to school.

o Face-to-face delivery of detached youth work.

Successful applicants will be expected to work with the Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) and a learning partner, who will be appointed by YEF. This is to allow YEF to learn from what it funds and work towards its aim to build the evidence base about what works to prevent youth offending.

An online application form and guidance documents can be found on the Youth Endowment Fund website (

Contact the Youth Endowment Fund for further information at

Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund for England

Grants are available for local voluntary and community organisations in coalfield areas to address local needs during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. The maximum grant available is £10,000.

Coalfields Regneration Trust logo.

The Fund’s Trustees have responded to the challenges brought about by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis and allowed the funding support to be altered to better support the delivery and sustainability of key services.

Priority will be given to organisations that are delivering support services or have significantly adapted their services in order to respond to the current crisis and support vulnerable people.

Applicants will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate how their organisation is addressing the current situation and how additional funding will sustain or extend service delivery
  • If their application is successful, the project must be able to start immediately
  • Their project must last for a minimum of two months (the expectation is that projects will deliver over a six month period rather than the usual 12 month period)

Projects should be based in an eligible coalfield community or be able to show clear and immediate benefits for an eligible coalfield community that has high levels of deprivation. The funding can cover up to 100% core costs if required.

Examples of the type of organisations/services that could be supported include:

  • Organisations providing advice, guidance and support to people in crisis.
  • Organisations providing food banks, food parcels, personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies or direct support to people who are experiencing financial hardship.
  • Organisations supporting people who are experiencing poor mental health.
  • Organisations supporting vulnerable people who are experiencing health inequalities, loneliness and/or social isolation.
  • Organisations supporting people experiencing domestic violence/sexual abuse.
  • Organisations supporting local community activity, including volunteering, and co-ordination of services.

There is a two-stage application process. Groups need to first complete an eligibility questionnaire before accessing the application. The eligibility survey for the late July 2020 committee closes at 5pm on 29 May 2020 (5pm). The deadline for applications is 12 June 2020 (5pm)

There are a number of funding exclusions. Guidance notes can be found on the Coalfields Regeneration Trust website (

Contact the Coalfields Regeneration Trust:

Tel: 01226 272811

North Face – COVID-19 Explore Fund

Grants are available for outdoor and exploration companies and charities in the UK, Germany, France, and Italy, to support them during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis so that they can continue after the crisis has passed.

The total fund value is €1 million (approximately £877,000). Grants of up to €50,000 (approximately £43,800) are available. The deadline for applications is 22 May 2020 (midnight).

The online application form can be found on the North Face’s website ( Contact the North Face for more information on 0800 328 0012.

Staffordshire Community Foundation—COVID-19 Emergency Grants

Grants are available to support voluntary and community organisations providing vital services to people in Staffordshire and Shropshire with the immediate and unexpected costs created by the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

Community Foundation for Staffordshire Logo.

Three levels of grants are available:

  • Up to £1,000 – decisions made and transfer of money to successful applicants within 48 hours.
  • £1,000 to £5,000 – decisions within 48 hours, but the transfer of the grant could take up to 72 hours. (A more detailed project plan is required for these grants.)
  • More than £5,000 – applicants must call to discuss projects and timescales. (These grants have a more strategic aim and anyone wishing to apply should initially contact the Foundation to discuss their project.)

Applications can be made at any time and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Organisations must be based in, or working for the benefit of people, in Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Shropshire, and Telford and Wrekin:

An online application form can be found on the Community Foundation for Staffordshire’s website for organisations applying for £1,000 or less ( All other applicants should contact the Foundation by phone in the first instance (01785 339540).

Contact the Community Foundation for Staffordshire for further information on 01785 339540 or