The following is an overview of funding opportunities that are most relevant for the co-operative sector. This information is being updated regularly.
Many funders are providing grants and support to existing grantees – if you are a grant recipient we advise you get in touch with your existing funders. Here we list support that is open to non-grantees too.
Resources and additional links
- UK Government – Find out what business support has been put in place by the UK government and who is eligible.
- Linkedin – Charity Excellence Framework list of 100+ charts emergency funders.
- Good finance – Good finance hub for COVID-19 crisis.
- SCVO – COVID-19 third sector information hub.
- Coronavirus Tech Handbook – Funding for COVID-19 response.
- UKFundraising – Funding to tackle COVID-19 and its impact.
Sector specific funding sources
- Arts Council England – Will offer individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector new financial support during this crisis, totalling £160 million.
- Authors Emergency Fund – Emergency funding for authors affected by the COVID-19 crisis, including writers, illustrators, journalists, translators, scriptwriters.
- Big Society Capital – Is planning an emergency £100m loan fund for charities and social enterprises.
- 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 COVID-19 pandemic. Priority will be given to organisations supporting vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups within their programme areas during this period.
- Crisis Emergency Grants Fund – Crisis has established an emergency grants fund to support local groups who are financially affected by additional demands on their resources and who have expanded their provision to meet the current needs of those experiencing homelessness across the UK.
- Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund – Established with a £1m donation from Netflix, the fund will be administered by The Film and TV Charity with support from the BFI, and will provide emergency short-term relief to workers and freelancers who have been directly affected by the closure of productions across the UK.
- Heritage Emergency Fund – The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The £50m fund will provide grants 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.
LEAP: Small emergency loan programme for community food businesses and agroecological growers. Loans of between £5000 and £20,000 available.
Leathersellers’ Company – A fast track application process for small one-off grants of up to £3,000 for small projects or to cover unexpected costs for UK registered charities which are currently supporting:
- The homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless.
- Provision of food and essential supplies.
- Victims of domestic violence.
- Nursing care to vulnerable patients.
- Mozzilla’s Solutions Fund – Mozzilla will provide awards of up to $50,000 each to open source technology projects which are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in some way. Mozzilla will accept applications that are hardware (e.g an open source ventilator), software (e.g a platform that connects hospitals with people who have 3D printers who can print parts for that open source ventilator), as well as software that solves for secondary effects of COVID-19 (e.g a browser plugin that combats COVID-19 related misinformation).
- Musicians Financial Hardship Fund – A fund of £5m has been created to help reduce the worry many musicians are experiencing about their mounting household expenses.
- National Lottery Community Fund – All the funding decisions for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the COVID-19 crisis.
- National Emergencies Trust (NET) – NET have launched a COVID-19 Appeal to support grassroots charities and groups who’ll be supporting some of society’s most vulnerable people throughout the outbreak. Individuals and charities should not apply directly to the NET for funds, but to their local Community Foundation. There are 46 accredited Community Foundations in the UK, covering all of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and most of England.
- Prince’s Countryside Fund – The Prince’s Countryside Fund is inviting applications for emergency funding from farming and rural community support groups, who are providing assistance to counter the effects of isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Groups can apply for grant funding of up to £2,500 if they are:
- Providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals or;
- Providing support to farmers and farm businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic or;
- Helping rural or farming communities to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Princes Trust – Support for self employed/entrepreneurs aged 18-30.
- Sport England – £195 million package to help sport and physical activity through COVID-19. In addition to support to existing partners, the package includes:
- A £20 million Community Emergency Fund for clubs and community organisations, who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of COVID-19. Organisations can apply for grants between £300 and £10,000.
- £55 million to support the sector during an ongoing period of restrictions, to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and, when the period of restrictions is over, to help organisations get back to business and adjust to a different environment.
- Standard Life Foundation – Standard Life Foundation will be making funding available for work directly related to the pandemic, addressing specific challenges and helping to contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK.
- TechForce19 – NHSX is calling on all innovators who can support the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating during COVID-19 to apply for government funding of up to £25,000 to test their solution.
Location specific funding sources
- London Community Response Fund – The City of London Corporation has established the London Communities Response Fund. Greater London Authority, among other funders, have contributed to this Fund. A first wave of small grants (£5,000) are available for funding of urgent needs so that organisations can cover costs that they are incurring to support communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and the move to social distancing, with a focus on food and essentials. A second wave of larger grants will be released in early April for ongoing work to support communities.
- Community Foundation COVID-19 Community Fund – The fund is open to constituted community organisations throughout Northern Ireland working with vulnerable people affected by COVID-19.
- Summary of government support for businesses in NI
- Third Sector Resilience Fund – The Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) is a £20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland. The fund supports organisations that already deliver services and products but find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The primary intention of the fund is to help third sector organisations to stabilise and manage cash flows over this difficult period. The Fund is delivered by Firstport, Social Investment Scotland and the Corra Foundation and provides grants up to £100,000. In addition there is up to a further £5m available in fully flexible, 0% interest loans starting at £50,000. The fund will be complemented by specialist business advice from Just Enterprise to help grant recipients maximise the impact of the financial support.
- Creative Scotland – Creative Scotland has launched three funding programmes designed to provide further support to sustain the country’s creative community during the COVID-19 outbreak:
- A Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund will help sustain creative practice by freelance creative professionals who have lost earnings due to the cancelation of work as a result of COVID-19.
- A parallel Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund will provide similar one-off bursary support to self-employed screen sector workers.
- The Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development will provide support for individuals and organisations to sustain their creative development in the coming months.
- Faith in Community Scotland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund – The Fund has been established to provide funds up to £1,000 to Scotland’s network of local faith groups and related community organisations so they can provide immediate support for individuals and families during the early stages of COVID-19.
- Wales COVID-19 Resilience Fund – The Wales COVID-19 Resilience Fund will fund charities, community groups and not for profit organisations working in Wales, who provide activities to vulnerable groups. It will also support organisations who are adapting the way they work to respond to the rapidly changing needs in their communities.