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Top tips for trust fundraising during the COVID-19 crisis  
  • Check the funder’s criteria before applying, even if it is a familiar funder, many are adapting their programmes at the moment
  • Don’t apply to an emergency fund if you don’t think you fit with the criteria
  • Apply quickly, even if there isn’t a deadline, many of the funds are oversubscribed and close early
  • It’s unlikely the funder is looking for your best work, don’t anguish about the content of your application
  • Make sure you have a COVID-19 budget ready with fully costed items that you need to apply for.
Virtual Fundraising

Now is a good time to review your online fundraising set up. We have some suggestions of things you could do to overhaul your online fundraising, but would love to hear your ideas too. Please do let us know if you have tried fundraising virtually and have something you would like to share with others.

Virtual fundraising tips

If you are new to fundraising, do get in touch with SKC at contact@strongerkentcommunities.org.uk and we may be able to provide you with some fundraising mentoring.

Emergency Funds

Charity Excellence Framework have an excellent list of funders responding to the coronavirus crisis, we have listed the funders that are most relevant to Kent based organisations below:


Alpkit Foundation

Prioritising funds for projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those affected. £500 grants.

COVID-19 Response


Antonio Carlucci Foundation

Are offering grants of up to £5k for organisations offering hospitality related training and development and working to feed those in need.

COVID-19 Response

Arts Council England – CLOSED

Emergency funding package and support for funded organisations and individuals announced.

COVID-19 response package



Barclays will be making 100 donations of £100,000 each to UK charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19, and the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis. 

COVID-19 Community Relief


Charity Excellence Framework

Have launched a list of 500 funders. Register on their website to access the list for free. The list includes worldwide and regional funders, which will not be relevant to Kent-based groups, but you can filter your search.



Clothworkers Foundation – PAUSED

Small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services. Not open to charities whose beneficiaries are based in London.

COVID-19 Response Fund


Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust

Charities and community organisations facing a funding crisis due to the coronavirus crisis are encouraged to apply for emergency funding through their ‘Investing in Communities’ grants programme.

COVID-19 emergency funding


Edward Gostling Foundation

Are providing emergency COVID-19 core funding grants of up to £10k to small charities that support people of all ages living on low incomes who have a physical and/or mental disability or long-term illness.

COVID-19 core funding

Ernest Hect Foundation

Provide funding to charities working to support or improve the lives of recipients through art, healthcare, literature, music and theatre. They are accepting applications from charities who are struggling to survive during the coronavirus crisis as well as for future projects.

Grants Online

Have an extensive list of coronavirus emergency funding 


Heritage Fund

£50 million to support the heritage sector. Grants of up to £50,000. Deadline 30 June 2020. You must be a previous / current recipient of a Heritage Fund grant. Our local representative is Judith.carruthers@heritagefund.org.uk.

COVID-19 emergency fund



Independent Age

Are offering grants of up to £15k to organisations that are supporting older people through the COVID-19 crisis.

Community grants fund


Kent Community Foundation (KCF) 
  • Grants of up to £10,000 for community groups, charities and CICs with an annual income of less than £200,000. Priority is given to groups supporting isolated older people and those most vulnerable at this time.
  • The National Emergency Trust (NET) fund are particularly keen to support projects on the coronavirus front-line and are able to consider requests from organisations with income up to £1 million. Apply via Kent Community Foundation on the below link.
  • Kent Community Foundation have also launched an appeal for donations to their COVID-19 emergency fund.
  • And don’t forget their usual funds are still open for applications.


Kent Sport

Kent Sport, in partnership with Kent Trust for Youth Sport and Kent & Medway Sports Board, are providing funding to inspire groups with innovative ideas and to support groups to re-engage with their previous audience and/or encourage those new to activity to continue to be active.

Everyday Active Small Grant Fund


Leathersellers Company – CLOSED

UK registered charities 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.

Small Grants Programme



Grants of up to £50,000 for VCS mental health providers to respond to an anticipated increase in demand during the pandemic.

Coronavirus mental health response fund

National Lottery Community Fund
  • NEW Coronavirus Community Support Fund for small to medium sized organisations 1) supporting vulnerable people during Coronavirus and 2) to reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises. Open for applications: 22 May.
  • This is in addition to The National Lottery Community Fund that has two application streams, with no income restrictions and funding to be spent within the next 6 months – Awards for All (up to £10,000) and Reaching Communities (up to £100,000)
  • “Normal” grant-making is suspended, but if you have an ongoing Lottery grant, they may be able to offer you flexibility regarding the grant’s focus. Either contact your Grants Officer or contact the central office 028 9568 0143 or general.enquiries@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

National Lottery Community Fund
Coronavirus Community Support Fund


Power to Change

Have launched a £12m fund for community businesses with the Plunkett Foundation, Locality and Cooperatives UK.

Emergency fund


Sport England – PAUSED

Including those not currently supported by them, who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations: £300 to £10,000.

Community Emergency Fund


Tesco Bags of Help

£30 million support for local communities. Bags of Help COVID-19 Community Fund grants of £500, including women’s refuges, food banks, hospices, homeless charities, social isolation groups, schools and charities supporting the elderly. This fund is closed for some Kent areas, but open in others.

Community Grants


UK Power Networks

Community groups and not-for-profit organisations are invited to apply for sums of £2,000 – £20,000 for initiatives that combat fuel poverty and support people in vulnerable circumstances and those most affected by COVID-19.

Power Partners Fund



Fundraising Support

Kent County Council (KCC)

Have an extensive coronavirus support document about all their services, and a community grants and funding page on their website that has a range of resources available. They have recently published a coronavirus response issue of their regular funding publication “Inside Track”; which is also available to download from the community page.

KCC Community page


Charity Bank

Have an excellent resource hub that brings together information to help the social sector navigate the current challenges – from funding gaps to remote working

COVID-19 resource hub


Institute of Fundraising

There is a specific COVID-19 page on the institute’s website; which will be regularly updated with information relating specifically to fundraising during this difficult time.

Coronavirus information for fundraisers


the FSI

Have lots of links to Coronavirus support

FSI services


UK Government

Have announced a £750m package of support to frontline charities during the coronavirus outbreak.


Charity Commission

Have guidance on managing financial difficulties during the crisis