Various Covid-19-related funding opportunities, both national and local, for various different kinds of organisations and individuals.

Dairy Response Fund

A new Dairy Response Fund will open for applications on Thursday 18 June, from DEFRA.  The fund is designed to support dairy farmers facing financial difficulties due to the coronavirus outbreak.  Farmers in England who have experienced 25% price losses in April and May will be able to apply for a single payment from the fund, to cover up to 70% of their losses.

For more information, and further eligibility criteria, see the website for the press statement.  The application form doesn’t seem to have been released yet.


Historic England – COVID-19 Emergency Heritage at Risk Response Fund

Deadline: 28 June 2020

Emergency grants up to £25,000 (plus irrecoverable VAT) per property, to help fund urgent maintenance, repairs and investigations at historic sites and buildings across England due to the impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

For more information see the Historic England website.


Independent Age grant funds

Grants are available for smaller registered charities across the UK that are working with some of the older people hardest hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, between £5,000 and £15,000. Two further funding rounds will take place, with the current round closing on 2 July.

The funding is for any kind of work that will make a real and immediate difference in one of the following two priority areas:

  1. Supporting older people living in particularly complex and challenging situations.
  2. Supporting older people in danger of being out of sight and out of mind.

For more information, see the Independent Age website.


Resourcing Racial Justice Fund

Deadline: 22 June 2020

Grants are available for frontline organisations, grassroots groups and community groups across the UK that are working to redress the impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 and systemic racism on communities of colour.

  • Emergency Recovery Grants are offered between £5,000 and £30,000.
  • Long-Term Structural Change Grants are offered between £30,000 and £50,000.

The Fund also offers grants of between £5,000 and £30,000 for eligible individuals.

For full details, see the website


Coronavirus Food Charities Grant Fund

Grants between £30,000 and £100,000 for front-line food aid charities to continue to provide food aid to vulnerable people affected by the coronavirus.

See the website for restrictions and details of the application. Deadline 6 July.


Domestic Abuse safe accommodation COVID-19 emergency support fund

A second round of this funding has been opened up, on a first come, first served basis, for charities supporting vulnerable people including domestic abuse victims.

For more details, see the website.


** NEW Sport England – around physical activity

Sport England announced on 12 June an emergency round of funding specifically targetted at helping people become physically active, or regain the ability to be active, or in changes to the physical environment which will encourage greater activity.  With a short date of 24 June.

Their aims are to support those most affected by the virus, eg. women, people on low incomes, people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, disabled people or people living with long-term health conditions.

They are seeking to address one or more of these priorities:

  • change in circumstances (financial ,caring responsibilities, mental pressures)
  • mental ill health (depression, stress, loneliness, anxiety)
  • digital exclusion
  • And any other issues that arise, in time – keep an eye on their website for more information!

For full details, and the kind of thing they’re looking for, see the Sport England website.


Lloyds Bank Foundation grant fund

Those who are already funded by this organisation, or who are part way thorough the application process should have already been contacted to explain the changes that the trust is making to accommodate necessary alterations in programmes, due to the coronavirus.

New applications are invited to apply to a new programme which they will be launching in the summer.  Their Organisational Support offer is highly valued, and this will continue to be part of the programme, and offered earlier in the process.  You can read more on the Lloyds Bank Foundation website.