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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.

Updated 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.



For lists of funders, we recommend Grants Online, Charity Excellence Framework (register for free to access the funders database), Kent County Council’s Inside Track, Kent Community Foundation, and Kent-based Funding For All, who are starting up again in September. Watch this space.


Allchurches Trust (UK)

Hope Beyond up to £50,000 for churches, Christian Charities, cathedrals and Christian denominational bodies for projects aimed at addressing changing community needs in response to Covid-19 tackling issues of loneliness and isolation, growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing, and growing technological capability and resilience. Funding can be used for capital projects and some revenue costs. Applications can be made at any time.

Growing Lives Grants of up to £25,000 for churches, Christian Charities, cathedrals and Christian denominational bodies for children and young people’s projects.


Alpkit Foundation

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

COVID-19 Response


Armed Forces Covenant Fund (UK)

One-year grants up to £20,000 to projects supporting Armed Forces communities to become less isolated and engage more in their local area. This programme will remain open until noon on 30 November 2020.

Force for Change Programme


Art Fund

Grants of up to £50,000 for museums, galleries and cultural organisations to respond to immediate challenges connected to the Covid-19 crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the future. Deadline: Monday 12 October 2020

Art Fund’s Respond and Reimagine Grants


Arts Council England

Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants returned on July 22. The fund is open to all individual artists, community and cultural organisations to support arts, museums and libraries projects. NEW: It has just been announced Arts Council England with The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England and British Film Institute. More to follow.

Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants

Arts Council Funding

Benevolent Funds include Theatre Artists and Musicians Funds

Other Information


Aviva (UK)

Up to £50,000 for small charities and constituted community groups with innovative ideas to build more connected, more resilient communities and give people the tools to become more financially independent. In response to the Covid-19 Aviva have opened up the Fund to projects that will ensure organisations can adapt or maintain critical services and infrastructure. Deadline 13 October 2020.

Aviva Community Fund


Bernard Sunley Foundation

Support with capital costs for organisations working in community, education, health and social welfare. Capital costs include facilities such as scout huts and minibuses.



Buttle UK

Are proud to announce that their COVID-19 Direct Emergency Response for Children and Young People Fund is working in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund to deliver £2million in  grants to support vulnerable children & young people.

Read more



Grants of £5,000 to £60,000 for organisations affected by COVID-19 who need emergency funding to continue to deliver essential services. The funding is to develop digital, data and design capabilities to address urgent issues and serve the most vulnerable. It is a combination of direct grants and payment for support from digital agencies. Deadlines 7 & 20 September.

Find out more 

Catalyst are also looking for experienced digital training partners and digital agencies to help them carry out these projects.

Find out more


Charity Excellence Framework

Have launched a searchable database of 800+ funders and a COVID-19 Response Toolkit to identify and respond to the emerging threats, find and exploit new opportunities, and create your fundraising recovery and financial sustainability plans. Register on their website to access the list for free.



Children in Need

Emergency Essentials is currently open. Children in Need will be opening further COVID-19 response funding programmes in October.

Find out more

Have announced they will match the £10m funding pledge recently made by musician Stormzy to tackle racial inequality in the UK by developing a dedicated new funding programme to support young Black talent to achieve their full potential, working in partnership with BBC Radio 1Xtra

Find out more


Childs Charitable Trust (UK)

Emergency Funding programme to support charities that are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the current pandemic. The trust particularly welcomes applications from Christian based organisations.

Emergency Funding


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


Comic Relief

£150,000 – £600,000 for organisations that want to make lasting change related to the social change themes – homelessness, forced migration, gender justice, mental health, and early childhood development. Deadline extended from 28 August to 25 September (extended).

Comic Relief Change Makers


Grants of up to £4,000 to support grassroots organisations to deliver projects dealing with; gender justice, mental health, homelessness and early childhood development. These project delivery grants are for organisations responding to the needs of vulnerable individuals, families and communities during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis and/or to recover and develop organisational resilience following the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.  Rolling Programme.

COVID-19 Community Fund – Project Delivery Grants


Grants of up to £1000 to support small community organisations to become stronger and more robust and to improve their ability to deliver, both during and after the COVID-19 crisis. Rolling programme.

COVID-19 Community Fund – Capacity Building Grants


Covid-19 Homelessness Response Fund

Homeless Link are offering grants of £10,000 upwards (up to 10% of turnover) to frontline services where more than half of beneficiaries are experiencing homelessness. The fund is to prevent closure, service cuts or staff redundancies or to expand or adapt services in light of COVID-19 – Deadline extended to 28 September.

Find out more


Edward Gostling Foundation

Have reverted back to their normal grant processes, funding projects working in health and wellbeing, independent living at home, respite and transition.

Find out more


The Foyle Foundation (UK)

Small Grants Scheme 

Between £1,000 and £10,000 for organisations delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support. Funding is to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services for charities with a turnover of less than £150,000 per annum that can show financial stability and a clear need for their services.

Main Grants Scheme for registered charities who have a core remit of the Art or Learning.


Grants Online

Have an extensive list of coronavirus emergency funding which starts with a handy section ‘what’s new this week.’


The Green Recovery Challenge Fund

Grants from £50k to £5million are available for nature projects to kick-start Green Recovery from the COVID19 pandemic.

Find out more


Greggs Foundation

Find out more


Henry Smith Foundation

Up to £20,000 for smaller organisations working with disadvantaged people and communities. Funding covers running costs, salaries, projects and small capital projects or expenditure.
County Grants


Kent Community Foundation (KCF) 
  • Coronavirus Emergency Fund – 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.
  • KCC Hardship Fund – up to £500 for families struggling financially to help with buying food or essential items for the home or to help pay the bills over the next few months
  • KCC Resilience Grants – grants of up to £10,000 to organisations who are supporting families in financial difficulties, with a particular emphasis on food and debt advice. The intention is to fund those organisations currently seeing an increase in demand or anticipating an increase in demand this Autumn.
  • 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 – also on the Coronavirus Emergency Fund link below. PAUSED
  • And don’t forget their usual funds are still open for applications – see the KCF Funds available link below.
  • Check the KCF website for funds local to Kent by scrolling down to the search other available funds section

KCF Coronavirus emergency fund REOPENED

KCF Funds available

KCC Hardship Fund

KCC Resilience Grants


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

With £110,000 already awarded, Kent Sport are delighted to announce they are now in receipt of phase 2 funding for the Sport England Tacking Inequalities fund. If you have an idea please contact kentsport@kent.gov.uk

Links to other funds


The Leathersellers’ Company

A fast track application process for small one-off grants (up to maximum of £3,000) for organisations currently supporting vulnerable people, working in geographical areas of high deprivation, and with an annual income under £200,000. 14 funding rounds between September 2020 and June 2021.

Small Grants Programme


Masonic Charitable Foundation

Grants of up to £60,000 for charities working to reduce loneliness and isolation in later life. Grants are for projects and can be used for salary costs, activities, materials, etc. There is a small grants and large grants programme.

Later Life Inclusion Grants Programme 

Various deadlines


Morrisons Foundation

Find out more


National Emergencies Trust (NET)

Have announced £12 million from their Coronavirus Appeal will fund helplines and other support services to address unmet need among disproportionately impacted groups Read more


£1.5 million of this funding will support grassroots Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) across the UK. Grants of up to £25,000 to tackle independent living, isolation and income Read more – UPDATED


£350,000 of NET funding is available to LGBT+ non-profit groups, organisations and projects. Applications are now being invited by any UK based organisation working with and for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans + people and communities. Funding of up to £15,000 will be available to organisations. Read more – UPDATED


National Lottery Community Fund
  • 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
  • £45m funding released 13 July – see The COVID-19 Community Recovery Fund, The Social Enterprise Support Fund, Barrow Cadbury Trust Covid-19 Support Fund and more

National Lottery Community Fund
£45m new funding announced 13 July


Orchard Community Energy

Grants of £2,000 – £5,000 for charity projects for residents of Swale and/or Medway dealing with wildlife conservation, climate change mitigation and/or adaption, the alleviation of fuel poverty or support for vulnerable or disadvantaged groups. Open for applications from 1st August – 31st October 2020.

The Community Fund


Power to Change

Interested in community shares to boost your trading income? Find out about the Community Shares Booster Programme.


Sanctuary Housing

Charities, community and voluntary groups, schools, and residents’ groups can apply for funding to help with challenges affecting the lives of Sanctuary residents in communities during the pandemic, including job losses, mental health, money management, social isolation, and health and wellbeing. Funding can also be used to help organisations adapt their service delivery such as moving services online, setting up household and medication delivery services, and distributing activity or food packs for vulnerable families.

Community Investment Fund 


Scottish Power

Now accepting applications for a share of their 2021 funding pot. For the current round of funding they are inviting online applications ranging from £35,000 to £200,000. They are particularly interested in Education, Training and Research, Biodiversity and Climate Change, Art and Culture and Social Initiatives. Deadline: 24 September.

Applying for funding


Social Enterprise Match Trading Grants

In response to the economic crisis, the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) has created Trade Back: a new type of business support grant

Find out more


Sport England

The Community Emergency Fund for groups 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 is PAUSED.

Community Emergency Fund – PAUSED

Other Sport England funds


Tesco Grants Schemes

During October, November and December, Tesco will be providing grants of up to £1000 to support projects focused on local children and young people.

Find out more

Tesco Bags of Help – CLOSED

Community Grants


Theatre Artists Fund

Emergency grants of £1,000. Second round deadline closed. Further funds may be announced.


The Social Enterprise Support Fund

Grants of £10,000 and £300,000 to social enterprises supporting people at high risk from Covid-19 (i.e. older / disabled / in crisis / in medical or end-of-life care) and/ or supporting people most likely to face increased challenges as a result of the crisis (i.e. hard-hit-families / BAME / isolated / poor mental health / young people) – 17 September deadline.

Find out more


The True Colours Trust 

Have adapted its Small Grants Scheme in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants of up to £5,000 to help organisations to adapt their services to the new situation and to continue or resume supporting families safely. This might include activities for disabled children, children with life limiting conditions and their families, adaptations to services including PPE, digital service provision and physical changes to spaces to be Covid-19 compliant, siblings’ projects and bereavement Support and more. Deadline: 21 September


Yapp Charitable Trust

Grants of up to £3,000 per year for registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000.

Find out more



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


Funding For All

Thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund, Funding For All are now inviting enquiries for their Fundraising Mentoring Programme. Open to small charities & VSCEs across Kent & Medway, they specialise in bid writing skills, funding strategy, marketing, tendering, legacies plus more

Find out more


Charity Commission

Have guidance on managing financial difficulties during the crisis


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


Charity Finance Group (CFG)

A practical guide, including advice on measures that charities should be taking to deal with financial loss i.e. through lost trading or cancelled events.

Coronavirus Guide


Good Finance 

Information, resources and tools designed to support charities and social enterprises navigating COVID-19.

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