Further covid-related funding has been announced, or released.


National Lottery Community Fund Emerging Futures ** SHORT DEADLINE

This is a newly-announced COVID-19 revival fund designed to help communities across the UK emerge from the coronavirus pandemic as lockdown eases. Grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 are available but please note the application deadline is Thursday, 25 June.

Open to almost any VCSE groups, this fund is designed to help shape communities following the coronavirus pandemic by finding responses to the following questions:

  • What the community wants to keep doing because it has been working well
  • What the community wants to leave behind as they start thinking about moving into recovery and renewal
  • Any new ideas that will help a community when it comes to rebuilding and renewal

Find out more on the National Lottery Community Fund website.


BBC Children in Need COVID-19 Next Step Fund

Deadline 1 July. There will be another round of this funding opening in October.

Grants between £5,000 and £80,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK, to support groups of children and young people who are considered to have been particularly adversely impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  There is a long list of the kind of groups they’re looking at, including those impacted by disability, mental health, domestic abuse, bereavement, young carers, and many more. There is also an extensive list of exclusions.  You can find all the details on the BBC Children in Need website.


Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020

It may be too soon to be thinking about Christmas, for most of us, but the Big Give Christmas Challenge is a great fundraising opportunity between 1 & 8 December, with all donations doubled by the organisers. The closing date for registrations is 3 July, and charities will have until Thursday 28 August to raise pledges from major supporters that will form the basis of each organisation’s match-fund pot.

Find out more about how the scheme works, and what the involved charities must commit to, on the Big Give website.


Wakeham Trust

Small grants for grassroots UK registered charities and community and voluntary organisations for small-scale projects that are finding it difficult to secure funding from elsewhere. Unpopular causes are particularly supported. Grants are awarded between £125 and £2,500 and there is no deadline.  Registered charities can apply, and organisations that are not registered charities can make an application through a registered charity in their area that can then pass the money directly on to their project.

See the Wakeham Trust website for an idea of the kind of projects that are likely top apply to funders. There is not an application form, but a list of the information that should be included in an application email is available on the website.


Places of Worship Protective Security Fund

Grants up to £56,000 for places of worship in England, including mosques, churches, temples, gurdwaras and community buildings used for religious purposes that are vulnerable to hate crime. This can include more secure gates, locks, alarms and CCTV in order to deter and prevent hate crime attacks.

The deadline is 9 August, and applications can be made through the Home Office website.

In addition, there is a consultation around protecting faith institutions, to ensure a balance is struck between worshipping openly and without fear, and providing adequate security measures to protect worshippers.  This consultation closes on 28 June, and you can take part here.