COVID-related funds

NatWest Social and Community Capital COVID-19 Response Fund – SHORT DEADLINE

The NatWest Social and Community Capital COVID-19 Response Fund – Social and Community Capital has just launched a £1 million grant scheme offering grants between £5,000 and £50,000 for UK not-for-profit organisations who employ people from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or vulnerable groups, and who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Application deadline 29 June, open to Community Interest Companies (CICs), Companies Limited by Guarantee, Community Benefit Societies, Co-operative Societies, unincorporated associations, Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs), Charitable Trusts and registered charities. There is a match-funding requirement.

For more details, including exclusions, and the application process, see the NatWest website.

Safe and Warm Fund

Wales & West Utilities & Gas network have launched their Safe and Warm Fund, for community and parish councils, not for profit co-operatives or community interest companies, charities and community groups to apply to. The purpose of the fund is to help the most vulnerable groups in our communities, and examples include volunteer and staff costs, costs associated with communication (including virtual) and energy efficiency and safety advice and measures.

Organisations can apply for between £500 and £5,000, with a closing date of 6 July. For full details, and the application form, see the Wales and West Utilities website.


Funds not specific to COVID-19 support

Marsh Christian Trust

Marsh Christian Trust offers grants between £300 and £2,000 for UK-registered charities working in the areas of social welfare (most grants awarded in this area), arts and heritage, environmental causes and animal welfare, healthcare, education and training. They are happy to cover core funding, and have no application deadline.

There is not an application form, and full details of how to apply are on the Trust’s website.


The Pilgrim Trust

The Pilgrim Trust offers small grants under £5,000 and main grants over £5,000 for UK charitable organisations working to support vulnerable members of society, particularly women and girls (40% of their awards total), as well as grants for the preservation of heritage (60%).

There is no application deadline, and UK registered charities may apply, as well as registered friendly societies, charitable organisations exempt from registration and recognised public bodies. The Pilgrim Trust is especially interested in supporting projects which have encountered difficulties in raising funds from other sources, and projects which will make a significant impact

For full details, see their website.



Future for Nature Foundation

Nominations are now open to the Future for Nature (FFN) 2021 Awards from individuals aged 35 or younger in any country across the world. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday 15 September 2020. The FFN media release reads:

“Are you a young (35 years or younger), talented, and energetic nature conservationist committed to protecting species of wild animals and plants? Do you combine passion with action to create concrete results in nature conservation? If yes, then don’t hesitate to apply for the 2021 Future For Nature Award (FFN) Awards!”

The winners each receive €50,000 (£45,225) and the prestigious FFN Awards. For details of the awards, and exclusions, plus application details, see the FFN website, above.