Various varied grants providers for different types of projects – some of these have deadlines of the end of October, or the start of November, so you might need to get your skates on if you’re interested.

For organisations affected by COVID-19, or to support those affected by COVID-19

Community Business Renewal Fund

From power to Change, this £3m unrestricted grants fund will give established community businesses in England the opportunity to assess, diversify and strengthen their operations to help them navigate the constantly changing coronavirus landscape.

Grants between £10k and £20k are available, and the awards will include capacity strengthening support, match-funding programmes to support the business with fundraising, tailored support, and more.

Round 1 of the fund opens on 3 November 10am – 1pm only.
Round 2 is Tuesday 12 January, 10am-1pm.
Round 3 is Tuesday 2 March, 10am-1pm.

There will be a webinar TODAY 20 October, at 1pm for applicants to hear more about the programme – register here.

For full details of the fund, see the Power to Change website.


Consortium, a nationalist specialist infrastructure organisation that works to strengthen and support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans+ (LGBT+) community, is offering grants up to £15,000 to LGBT+ groups across the UK impacted by the COVID-19. Grants will be awarded on a “First come, first served” basis until the £350,000 budget has been fully allocated. Early application is strongly advised.

You can find out more on the Consortium website.

Theatre Trust

The Theatre Trust is running a Theatre Reopening Fund throughout 2020, offering grants up to £5,000 to help not-for-profit theatres across the UK to make Covid-19 related adaptions and prepare for reopening.

Food Power for Generation COVID

UNICEF UK and Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming, have just launched their first ever domestic emergency response programme to support children in the UK during COVID-19. Food Power for Generation COVID is a grant programme designed to ensure that the UK’s most vulnerable children and their families have access to food by providing grants to community food projects until February 2021.

Non-COVID-19 related funds

LiveWest Grants Programme

New grants programme open for Digital Inclusion & Community Spaces focused submissions. LiveWest has allocated £100,000 funding to help groups, projects or services deliver two specific areas of work:

  • Providing new approaches to digital inclusion that will specifically benefit LiveWest customers.
  • Supporting new or existing community spaces to build their resilience, sustainability or reconfigure in response to Covid 19. Spaces used by the community must also demonstrate direct benefits to LiveWest customers.

LiveWest owns and manages over 10,000 homes throughout Cornwall. The deadline to apply for a grant is 14 November 2020. Full details can be found on the Livewest website.

ColourBrave Charity Fund from PwC

Grants up to £25,000 for UK social enterprises and charities that are led by the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community and/or that have BAME beneficiaries. Grants are awarded as follows – Up to £2,000, £2,000, £5,000, £10,000 and £25,000, and not or activists, political organisations/pressure groups or religious bodies.

For full details, see the PwC website.

Please note the application deadline is on Friday 30 October.

Linnean Society Nature Engagement Grants

Grants are awarded up to £1,000 for community organisations and schools to increase young people’s involvement in and understanding of nature.

Deadline 1 November, at midnight.

See the Linnean Society website for ideas of what can be included, and what projects cannot be supported, as well as applications.

The A B Charitable Trust

Grants generally between £10,000 and £20,000 for small-medium sized UK charities that are promoting respect for vulnerable people in the UK, specifically:

  • Criminal justice and penal reform
  • Human rights, particularly access to justice
  • Migrants, refugees, and people seeking asylum
  • Vulnerable individuals, whatever their circumstances

For full details, see the Trust’s website.

Deadline 31 October (plus 31 January 2021 & 25 April 2021)