Various funding opportunities and methods of support have been announced to help charities and communities during this time.

Youth Endowment Fund Covid-19 Grant Round

The Youth Endowment Fund’s new £6.5m Covid-19 grant round will fund and evaluate work which supports vulnerable young people in at risk of youth violence, and that can be delivered whilst adhering to UK government social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines.

The fund opens on 6 May 2020 and closes on 3 June 2020.

The average grant is expected to be around £50,000. The minimum grant that organisations can apply for is £25,000. There is no maximum, however grants awarded will be proportionate to the turnover of the organisation(s) applying.

This grant round will focus on funding and evaluating two key areas of work:

1. Digital/virtual delivery of programmes, specifically:

  • Remote/digital/virtual delivery of programmes delivered on a one-to-one basis
  • Remote/digital/virtual delivery of group-based programmes
  • Remote/digital/virtual delivery of guided self-help or interactive content

2. Face-to-face activity that can be delivered whilst adhering to social distancing/stay at home guidelines, specifically:

  • Face-to-face activity delivered within schools, including activities to help vulnerable young people return to school
  • Face-to-face delivery of detached youth work

Who can apply?

An application can be made by any legally constituted organisation delivering in England and Wales.

For more information, please visit the Youth Endowment Fund website.

Power to Change Emergency Support Scheme

Power to Change, the independent trust that supports community businesses in England, is launching up to £12 million of emergency support to provide both immediate and medium-term help for community businesses facing a loss of trading income during the Coronavirus crisis.

The crisis has highlighted the vital role that community businesses play in reviving local assets, protecting the services that people rely on, and addressing local needs.

The new emergency support includes:

  • £7 million in rescue funding for community businesses, offering grants up to £25,000 to contribute towards trading income losses incurred between April and June 2020. This first pot of funding is available to current and previous Power to Change grantees, and to community businesses which are members of Power to Change’s strategic partners – Co-operatives UK, Locality and the Plunkett Foundation – all of whom played a key role in designing this response.
  • £5 million in recovery funding, to be made available later this year, based on learning from the first pot to help community businesses rebuild and recover strongly from the crisis.

The fund will open for applications on 11 May 2020.

For more information, and to apply, please visit the Power to Change website.

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health Inequalities Grant Fund

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health Inequalities Grant Fund will help reduce the gap in health equalities across the area.

The funding will support practical projects and initiatives that will benefit local people and communities across Bradford and Craven, Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.

Voluntary and community organisations are invited to apply for up to £50,000 of this grant funding. Six grants worth between £25,000 and £50,000, and six grants worth up to £25,000 will be available.

The deadline to apply is by 5pm on Monday 8 June 2020. Decisions will be made by a virtual panel and applicants will be notified before 30 June 2020.

For more information, and to apply, please visit the WY&H Partnership website.

Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund

Application deadline: 22 May 2020 at 5pm

The Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund is an interim replacement for the Coalfields Community Investment Programme (CCIP) and will open for enquiries on 1 May 2020.

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s (CRT) Trustees have recognised the importance of supporting the response to the COVID-19 crisis in former coalfield communities and CRT has revised some of its criteria to support the delivery and sustainability of key services. There will now be an additional committee meeting in mid-June 2020 and the planned committee meeting in July will consider all applications that can continue to address local needs.

Priority will be given to organisations that are delivering support services or have significantly adapted their services in order to respond to the current crisis and support vulnerable people. Awards of up to £10,000 are available.

To ensure your best chance of success please make sure to read through all of the information before you apply.

Please see below amendments to the application criteria:

  • You will need to demonstrate how your organisation is addressing the current situation and how additional funding will sustain or extend service delivery
  • If your application is successful, the project must be able to start immediately
  • The project must last for a minimum of 2 months (CRT’s expectation is that projects will deliver over a six-month period rather than CRT’s usual twelve-month period)
  • Up to 100% core costs are available, if required

Examples of the type of organisations/services CRT would like to support are as follows (please note this list is not exhaustive):

  • Organisations providing advice, guidance and support to people in crisis
  • Organisations providing food banks, food parcels, personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies or direct support to people who are experiencing financial hardship
  • Organisations supporting people who are experiencing poor mental health
  • Organisations supporting vulnerable people who are experiencing health inequalities, loneliness and/or social isolation
  • Organisations supporting people experiencing domestic violence/sexual abuse
  • Organisations supporting local community activity, including volunteering, and co-ordination of services

Applications to be submitted using the existing CCIP application form. All other CCIP application criteria and exclusions remain the same.

Mid-June 2020 Committee – The deadline for applications is 22 May 2020 at 5pm.

Late July 2020 Committee – The eligibility survey closes at 5pm on 29 May 2020. The deadline for applications is 12 June 2020 at 5pm.

CRT will continue to review the situation and further committees will be scheduled for later in the year.

Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund

Voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations have a vital role working alongside NHS colleagues to support anyone who has a mental health problem. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, demand for mental health services is increasing.

To help VCS organisations based in England continue to provide mental health services - or provide additional support - organisations can apply for a Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF) grant.

Thanks to £5m support from government (the Department of Health and Social Care), grants of £20,000 or £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to 12 months.

The fund will remain open for mental health voluntary sector organisations for as long as funds remain.

West Yorkshire PCC - Extraordinary Grant Fund

Application deadline: 1 May 2020

Projects working to safeguard vulnerable people and support their communities to deal with the fallout of Coronavirus are urged to apply to the West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s (PCC) £150,000 extraordinary grant round.

Since 2014, the Safer Communities Fund (SCF), which is made up from recovered proceeds of crime monies, has now distributed around £3m to nearly 700 projects across the county and now PCC Mark Burns-Williamson has launched an extra-ordinary grant round to support communities to help deal and cope with the fall out of COVID-19.

An Extraordinary grant round aimed at keeping communities safe has launched, and is specifically for those projects and interventions which target domestic and sexual abuse, child sexual abuse, mental health, fraud and drugs/alcohol services.

Grants are for up to £6,000 for outcomes to be delivered over 6 months from a total pot of £150,000

The projects will have to be able to deliver during the lockdown/COVID-19 extended period and money will be paid quickly to successful applicants by the end of May.

National Lottery Awards for All - Covid-19 related applications

Deadline: Ongoing

All the funding decisions National Lottery make for the next six months will prioritise addressing the current crisis.

This means National Lottery 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
  • 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 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 our funding and that we might not be able to get back to you for a period of up to 6 months.

£300 - £10,000 available.

Wakefield and District Health and Community Support
Wakefield and District Health and Community Support (WDHCS) is providing grants to third sector organisations in Wakefield and District to support them through the Coronavirus emergency in a number of ways.

WDHCS has been asked to distribute the National Emergencies Trust (NET) Funds in Wakefield. This is a national campaign to help the third sector cope with the financial pressures created by the Coronavirus. Grants of up to £10,000 are available towards running costs for organisations with a turnover of less than £1m. Currently, these are available to groups already known to Leeds Community Foundation, WDHCS and Nova. Eligible organisations are being contacted in the first instance to make sure those currently delivering urgent, lifesaving work on the front line, and who also comply with due diligence undertaken prior to the outbreak, receive funds through a light touch process. As more funds become available, applications from new groups will be encouraged to ensure these funds complement local approaches, so no groups miss out on vital funding at this time.

WDHCS is also distributing their own grants, via a process closely aligned to the NET funding. WDHCS wants to make sure that no organisation who needs financial support misses out – especially at a time when funding and revenue streams have been massively impacted.

If you would like more information about the funding, please contact Kath Lindley on or call 07576 952527.

Persimmon's Charitable Foundation

Persimmons has launched two community funds in their response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

These are Building Futures and Community Champions.

The Building Futures scheme involved Persimmon's, as part of its sponsorship of Team GB, donating more than £1 million to support children in sport, health and education.

Persimmon's is calling on local groups within your area which support children to apply.

Persimmon’s Community Champions initiative has run since 2015 and gives away £64,000 every month in single donations up to the value of £1,000. So far over £3.5 million has been donated in the UK.

Persimmon has decided that from April 2020 all funding will go directly to groups supporting the over 70s.

Non Profit Growth

Non Profit Growth states that over 250 funders have new programmes to allocate funds to charities affected by the Coronavirus. This includes a significant number of additional money.

Non Profit Growth can provide your organisation with support around:
  • Identifying funders
  • Writing applications
  • Aftercare support
  • Working with you to help you achieve your objectives

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund


The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched this rapid response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19.

Charities with an income of £1 million or less can apply for grants of up to £10,000. The unrestricted funding can be used for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas. Applicants must be able to describe how an emergency grant will improve the situation for their organisation and community.

Priority will be given to:

  • Charities, and other organisations, whose established charitable activities are at risk of being severely reduced to the detriment of vulnerable groups.
  • Organisations that are having to deliver core services in fundamentally different or unusual ways in order to respond to the crisis and still reach their beneficiaries.
  • Organisations that are deeply embedded with communities and have established networks to deliver their charitable activities.
  • Organisations experiencing current cashflow problems, rather than concerns that future income will be reduced.

Sport England Coronavirus Support Package

Sport England is making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

The package, which is a combination of National Lottery and government funding, is made up of the following:

  • A £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which will be opened immediately for clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available
  • A £5 million pot for existing partners to bid into if they're facing specific financial difficulty
  • An additional £55 million to support the sector during an ongoing period of restrictions, to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and, when the period of restrictions is over, to help organisations get back to business and adjust to a different environment
  • A £115 million rollover of current funding into 2021/22 to give long term certainty to over 100 well established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England.

Arts Council England - Emergency Covid-19 package of funding

On Tuesday 24 March 2020 the Arts Council announced a £160 million emergency response package to support individuals and organisations across the cultural sector in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

These are:

  • £90 million will be available for for National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs)
  • £50 million will be available for organisations outside of the National Portfolio - Opens 30 March - Potential applicants will need to register for Grantium by Friday 3 April.
  • £20 million will be available to creative practitioners and cultural workers - Opens 30 March - Potential applicants will need to register on our application portal Grantium by Friday 3 April

Arts Council England is currently working through the details of eligibility and guidance for the funds.

Emergency fund to help rough sleepers self-isolate

Deadline: No deadline mentioned

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced £3.2 million emergency funding to help rough sleepers to self-isolate to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The funding will be available to all local authorities in England and will reimburse them for the cost of providing accommodation and services to those sleeping on the streets to help them to self-isolate.

It is in addition to the £492 million committed in 2020 to 2021 to support the government’s ambition to end rough sleeping.

This initial emergency response funding will ensure rapid support is offered to people who are unable to self-isolate, such as those staying in night shelters or assessment hubs, as well as people who are currently sleeping rough.

Covid-19 Business Cash Grant

Wakefield Council has introduced the online application process for the Covid-19 business grants and the form is now live.

If you occupy business premises and believe you meet the below eligibility criteria (see below) to apply for one of the business grants, then please complete the application form.

It is essential that all the information you provide is correct to ensure an efficient and reliable payment. The Government are making the funds available to local authorities from the 1 April 2020.

Before payment can be made, Wakefield Council will use the details provided to check business eligibility for the grant including that the business is in the rating list as of 11 March 2020. Eligible recipients will receive one grant per hereditament only.

Eligibility Criteria:

Businesses that pay little or no business rates are eligible for a one-off grant of £10,000 if:

  • your business is based in England
  • you are a small business and already receive Small Business Rate Relief and/or Rural Rate Relief
  • you are a business that occupies property Businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are eligible for a grant of up £25,000 per property.

  • For businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of under £15,000, they will receive a grant of £10,000. Businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000, will receive a grant of £25,000.

You are eligible for this grant if:

  • your business is based in England
  • your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector

Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied hereditaments that are wholly or mainly being used:

  • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues
  • for assembly and leisure
  • as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation

Wakefield First - Business Support

Wakefield First recognises that local businesses are facing a challenging and uncertain time during the coronavirus outbreak, and have therefore compiled some useful information and fact sheets to answer your questions. Wakefield First will update this page with new information as it is received so please keep checking regularly.

Third Sector businesses are eligible.

Topics covered include:

  • Cashflow issues
  • Help for self-emloyed
  • Help for business premises
  • Covid-19 Business Grant

For more information, please visit the Wakefield First website.

What Power to Change is doing to support community businesses during the outbreak of Covid-19

Power to Change is working with all delivery partners like Locality, Key Fund, Centre for Sustainable Energy and Community & Cooperative Finance to understand what challenges their members and Power to Change's grantees are facing and how these vary across community business sectors. This will help PtC develop a suitable emergency response and identify the different types of financial and non-financial support that might be needed. Power to Change hope to get this up and running in the next few weeks.

Small Charities Coalition

Small Charities Coalition is producing guidance and resources for small charities during the current outbreak of Covid-19. The range of support includes:

  • Communications Tools
  • Financial Management
  • Fundraising
  • Legal and Technical Advice
  • Sector Themed Meetings
  • Information on volunteering in your area

Small Charities Coalition is also offering training support during Covid-19. This can be viewed on the Small Charities Coalition website.