COVID-19 Funding Support

We appreciate that you might be worried about the impact of the current situation on your organisation so we have made it our priority to support your needs and develop the sustainability of the voluntary, community and faith sectors in Merton.

Below, we have listed a wide range of funding opportunities currently available in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. If you would like to find out more about a specific fund and to apply, please visit their website.

If you would like to speak to someone about support available to Merton organisations during this time, please email info@mvsc.co.uk

Armed Forces
Open
£60,000
This programme will ensure that people from Armed Forces communities can keep accessing important services, where resources for these services have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Aviva Community Fund
Open
Aviva Community Fund is inviting applications from projects that enable causes to adapt or continue their vital services by covering core running costs, so they can help their beneficiaries and communities during this time of need.
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Cadent Foundation
Open
Cadent Foundation work with UK charities or groups with charitable purposes to fund projects through online grant applications. These cover projects that help alleviate suffering and hardship of people in vulnerable situations, projects that will help protect and preserve the environment and projects that provide a better and healthier community to live in and use.
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Comic Relief
Amount Unspecified
Open
Some of the money that is raised through Sport Relief 2020 will go to organisations on the frontline of the response to the Coronavirus, who are able to reach some of the most vulnerable people, likely to be affected.
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Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust
Open
Grants for families financially affected by Coronavirus
Grants are available to help parents and carers who have worked in the UK fashion or textile industry and whose household income has reduced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Parents and carers to apply for items their children will need for the year ahead.  These can include essential clothing;  baby clothing, equipment or bedding;  children's bedroom furniture;  essential White Goods;  specialist items for children with additional needs, e.g.sensory toys, adaptive clothing or SEN adapted computers. 
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Independent Age Grants Fund
Open
Four separate funding rounds
£500,000 each round (£15,000 each)
Before coronavirus struck the nation, Independent Age was exploring how to strengthen collaboration with older people and local organisations with the aim of shaping a more active role in supporting communities. Their focus is to fund smaller organisations across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the virus.
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Innovation Fund
During COVID-19 they are looking to fund projects that will help people in our local communities connect and reduce isolation. You can apply for up to £1000 to bring your idea to life and help support people through this challenging time. For more information email lisa.harston@sashlondon.org

John Lewis & Waitrose   
Amount Unspecified
Not yet open
The £1m Fund will be available to communities across the UK to help those in need in their local communities.
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London Community Foundation (National Emergency Appeal)
The second wave of this emergency funding has been announced. The two streams are: Crisis response - Grants of up to £10,000 to enable you to meet the immediate needs of communities, from food and essentials, to equipment and additional short-term staff costs; Delivering differently – grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to enable you to change the way you deliver your work to ensure it continues to meet the needs of your communities, from switching to digital channels to redeploying staff to boost your capacity at a time of increased demand. Please read the guidance on the different eligibility and focus of each programme. There is a weekly rolling deadline until further notice.           
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Maanch (Matching for Impact)
Amount Not specified

Open
Response fund to support the most impactful initiatives locally and globally in the following areas; elderly, children, small business and communities, foodbanks, mental health, medical research.
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Magic Little Grants
Delivered in partnership with Postcode Community Trust, the fund will be awarding £500 grants to community projects across Great Britain. Successful projects will support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health of participants. Organisations must have an annual income under £250,000 or be in your first year of operation. Organisations who are not members of Localgiving will also benefit from an annual membership funded by Postcode Community Trust, which will provide them with access to Localgiving’s suite of online fundraising tools. Organisations do not need to wait for the deadline to apply and receive their grant.
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Merton Giving Coronavirus Fund
Open

Rolling Deadline
Merton Giving has launched the Merton Giving Coronavirus Fund to help support local registered charities, community interest companies and constituted community organisations that are either delivering COVID-19 frontline services or whose ability to operate have been severely impacted by the measures put in place to stem the pandemic.
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Morrison's Foundation COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund
The Morrisons Foundation recognises that homeless people are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 because they are more likely to have underlying health conditions and are less able to access basic sanitation. Registered charities that care for the homeless can apply for a grant up to a maximum of £10,000 for support to cover three broad areas: Outreach and support for rough sleepers, including provision of essentials. Delivery of services in hostels and shelters. Information and advice.
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National Emergency Appeal
Unspecified
Funding will be distributed via London Funders (see above)
The money donated to this Appeal will be applied for the NET’s charitable purposes in connection with Emergency Incidents that are the result of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom.           
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National Lottery Community Fund      
All the funding decisions we make for the next six months (up to £300m of National Lottery funding) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis.
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National Lottery Awards For All England
Awards for All is a quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000. All the funding decisions for the next six months will prioritise addressing the current COVID-19 crisis. This means they will prioritise applications from organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19. Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of measures to prevent the result of COVID-19 and organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19. If you would like to put in an application for Awards for All that is not related to COVID-19, you are still welcome to do so. However, please be aware that there is likely to be greater competition for this funding and that they might not be able to get back to you for a period of up to 6 months.
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Neighbourly Community Fund
Up to £400
Open
Grants will be awarded to existing members of Neighbourly in UK and whose work will involve supporting members of the community suffering economically, socially or from ill health as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This may include, but not be limited to, elderly people, those on low incomes and people at risk of food insecurity.
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NSUN COVID-19 Fund
NSUN is administering a small fund to support user-led organisations (ULOs) and smaller, unconstituted community groups in England, who might not otherwise be eligible for a grant. Grants of up to £1000 will be available to support community action, peer support, mutual aid and other activities that will make a direct difference to the lives of people living with mental ill-health, trauma and distress during this Covid-19 period.
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Premier League Community Facilities Fund (PLCFF)        
Amount Unspecified
Open - Rolling
Access by professional clubs, through their community foundations, managed and administered by the football foundation                   
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Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund
£5million
Open
The Prince’s Trust and NatWest have launched a £5million grant fund for young entrepreneurs affected by coronavirus. The Fund is available to entrepreneurs aged 18-30, who can apply for grants and tailored support from today. Grants can be used to maintain core business operations during the crisis, as well as meet any existing financial commitments, such as paying for essential equipment or settling invoices from suppliers. In conjunction with these grants, the initiative will also offer one-to-one support and guidance to applicants who need it.
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Rank Foundation Emergency and Resilience Funds
£750
Open
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rank Foundation has temporarily suspended its major grants programme to focus on the immediate operational needs of its network. The Foundation has launched two funds to help existing network and current grant recipients: The Emergency Fund is for immediate grants of up to £750 to purchase equipment, technology or memberships; The Resilience Fund will provide grants to cover cashflow, fundraising and loss of income, and to help with increased demand for services. Initially, funding will only be available to the Foundation’s RankNet members, but public access may be given at a later date.
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Reaching Communitites England
This programme now focuses on funding projects and organisations helping communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. This COVID-19 focus is expected to last for up to six months, but the situation will be reviewed in July. The programme can fund activities supporting people affected by the crisis. You can also apply for funding if your organisation is struggling financially because of the impact of COVID-19. Given the emergency, they're looking to award funding to cover six months of expenditure and they expect most funding will be between £10,000 and £100,000. But they'll consider larger awards or longer timeframes by exception. Organisations who are not looking for COVID-19 related funding are invited to NOT submit an application at this time as all resources need to be focused on helping communities through the pandemic.
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Sport England
£300 and £10,000
Open
The fund has been developed to help community sport and physical activity organisations meet their obligations, in particular fixed costs, which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of coronavirus. Voluntary and community sector organisations that deliver or enable sport and/or physical activity, including organisations that are not solely or primarily sports organisations and have an important role to play in keeping people active, that may need support for other parts of their organisation to remain open.    
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Standard Life Foundation
Coronavirus pandemic – fast track applications
Funding is available for work directly related to the pandemic, addressing specific challenges and helping to contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK. The work the Foundation might consider in relation to the pandemic is rapid analysis of key issues, for example, self-employed workers, the food and hospitality or social care sectors. Modelling of new proposals such as enhanced sick pay, help with utilities, high cost credit payments, and changes to pensions. Grants from £5,000 upwards are available.
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Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust 
Up to £5,000
Open 
Improve the life chances for some of the most disadvantaged children in England and Wales by investing in early intervention and preventative work. Charities that can demonstrate the likelihood of increased demand for their services and/or can demonstrate a loss of anticipated income attributable to the current pandemic        

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Tech Force 19        
Up to £25,000
Open
Innovators who can support the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating during COVID-19. 
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Tesco Bags of Help Communities Fund
£500
Open
Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. Organisations that support vulnerable groups will be encouraged to apply for a grant of £500 to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects. Applications will be welcomed from a wide range of organisations including: voluntary and community organisations, registered charities, schools, health bodies, Parish and Town councils, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, community councils, local authorities and social housing organisations. 
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The Antonio Carluccio Foundation
In light of the current crisis, The Antonio Carluccio Foundation is extending its current level of grants for 2020 to £500,000. Charities working to feed those in need in the UK are invited to apply for grants up to £10,000. The Foundation has been significantly overwhelmed with grant applications. In order to give them all the appropriate consideration, they have been forced to close temporarily to new applications. They will re-open just as soon as possible.
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The Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation
Open
Rolling Deadline
The Ernest Hecht Charitable Foundation is continuing to accept applications for funding from: (i) charities who are struggling to survive funding crises during the Covid-19 pandemic, and (ii) charities who are seeking funding for future projects/activities.
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The YAPP Charitable Trust
The Yapp Charitable Trust has invited small UK charities tackling the impact of COVID-19 to apply for grants of up to £3,000. Registered charities in England and Wales, with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000, can apply for funding for core costs and staffing.
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Thomas Pocklington Trust
Emergency Fund for the Sight Loss Sector
To support the essential role sight loss organisations play in providing vital services to blind and partially sighted people, Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has suspended its normal grant funding activities and set up an emergency fund for sight loss organisations. £500,000 of essential support will be available to sight loss sector organisations which are providing critical services for the physical and emotional well-being of blind and partially sighted people in these uncertain times.  Grants will be available of up to £10,000 pounds or the equivalent of two months’ running costs (whichever is less) for use over the next six months.
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UK Government
Emergency support package for charities
The Government has announced a £750 million emergency support package for charities across the UK to ensure they can continue their work during the coronavirus outbreak. The funding package consists of £360 million direct from government departments to charities such as hospices and victim support charities that are providing vital services and helping vulnerable people through the current crisis; and £370 million for smaller charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund. The National Lottery Community Fund is currently discussing with Government on how best to distribute the funding. The Government also announced the Government will match fund whatever the public decides to donate to the BBC’s Big Night In charity appeal on 23 April, starting with a contribution of at least £20 million to the National Emergencies Trust appeal.
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UK Government
Business-led innovation in response to global disruption
UK registered technology and research focussed businesses can apply for a up to £50,000 of grant funding to develop new ways of working and help build resilience in industries such as delivery services, food manufacturing, retail and transport, as well as support people at home in circumstances like those during the coronavirus outbreak. Innovations could include: new technology allowing retailers to respond better to sudden spikes of consumer demand and improve deliveries across the UK; new services for families to connect with and remotely monitor their elderly or vulnerable relatives, giving people peace of mind that their loved ones are receiving the services they require such as food deliveries, doctor’s appointments and paying bills; creating education tools which seamlessly integrate the classroom with the kitchen table, allowing teachers to remotely set dynamic tasks, support vulnerable children and make certain no child is left behind.
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The Youth Endowment Fund
£6.5m
Open
Deadline: Wednesday 3 June 2020
The Youth Endowment Fund’s COVID-19 grant round will fund and evaluate work which supports vulnerable young people at risk of youth violence, and can be delivered whilst adhering to UK government social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines.
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Youth Futures Foundation         
£30,000 – £100,000 pa for delivery and development
Open rolling
Providing the rolling grants programme which is designed to find, fund, support and evaluate promising practice. Funding will go to organisations working with young people aged 14-24 to help overcome barriers to finding meaningful work.
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Other useful resources

  • GRANTfinder is closely monitoring all the relevant news about the Coronavirus COVID-19 and the consequences for the funding landscape.
  • Ian McLintock, CEO of Charity Excellence Framework, has created a helpful list on LinkedIn with details and links to emergency funding for charities.
  • MVSC will also be updating our website regularly with additional funding pots as they are announced, so please check in with us regularly.