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COVID-19 Funding

In a challenging time for the sector, we are here to provide advice, information and guidance on the funding landscape for voluntary and community sector organisations in North Tyneside. Please check this page for regular updates on the COVID-19 funding landscape, as well as our social media accounts – Facebook and Twitter.

You can view non COVID-19 Funding information here.

In this section:

Overview of COVID-19 Funding Landscape

COVID-19 has had as drastic effect on the charity sector as it has everywhere else. The future continues to hold a lot of questions about how we continue to provide some kind of service (lockdown restrictions permitting) in the immediate future while planning ahead to the time when we can hopefully open up again for business in whatever the ‘new normal’ happens to be.

We’ve put together the main funding streams available to support charities with their COVID-19 response and recovery and will keep this page updated with all new opportunities as they arise.

So how does it affect us regarding our current live grant agreements?

The good news is that the vast majority of funders feel your pain and want to continue helping you to improve the lives of your beneficiaries as much as you do. They also want to help when you encounter problems by showing a large degree of flexibility in their grant agreements – please check their websites for the latest information on how they are handling their response

Many funders have already approached their existing grant-holders and agreed changes in the conditions of grants already awarded to take the pressure off those charities most heavily affected. Some have even agreed further funding to help their grant holders address increased provision of service due to their COVID-19 response. So if you haven’t already been approached by your existing funders, or haven’t yet been in touch with them yourself, now is the time to talk to them about how the current situation is affecting your ability to deliver previously agreed outcomes and timescales and to agree achievable new ones.

Our advice is for you to tell them what you CAN do and what you CAN’T do and it’s extremely likely they’ll agree to those shifting of resources, accept vastly reduced outcomes and will look very sympathetically on the shifting of previously agreed timescales.

Be prepared for a delay in them getting back to you though – an awful lot of the organisations they’ve made grants to will also be having those conversations and many funders like the rest of us are now working from home, which can further slow things down.

National Lottery has issued a statement assuring flexibility with grant-holders anxious about delivering on agreed outcomes –  read full statement from CEO Dawn Austwick here and most other funders are offering the same level of flexibility

What new funding is available for COVID-19 response activities?

After an initial period of uncertainty, a number of funders have made an extremely positive response and are now offering specific COVID-19 response activity funding open to all (not just their existing grant-holders), often with a very quick turnaround time – see our extensive list below for the most useful. These may be equally or more useful if you are providing services to different beneficiaries or have changed your service drastically to support the most vulnerable members of your community, for example by delivering food parcels or setting up helplines or online support for those most isolated.

The longer-term picture

The funds promised by the UK Government are now slowly coming online and further ones from both the Government and the larger trusts and foundations should be announced over the next few weeks as they become live – we will be publicising these and all other funds we hear about as soon as they open for business on our constantly updated COVID-19 Funding page and will send out updates via e-bulletin, Twitter and Facebook pages so please bookmark this page and check back regularly

In the long-term we all need to be aware that funders are going to be looking much more favourably on charities and organisations who managed to stay open and delivering in some way, even as a vastly reduced service, whether online, by telephone or social media to provide some kind of vital support to their most vulnerable beneficiaries or others needing urgent help in their local community, rather than those which have to all intents and purposes shut up shop and ceased services in the hope the situation will look better when they come out of hibernation again sometime further down the line.

VODA Funding Support

VODA continues to offer support on the identification of suitable funders together with support on writing individual bids – if your organisation is based in North Tyneside or needs funding for beneficiaries based in North Tyneside, please contact VODA Funding Adviser Frank Gillender at frank.gillender@voda.org.uk for free advice and support.

COVID-19 Response & Recovery Funds

National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Funding Streams

  • National Lottery Coronavirus Community Support Fund: This  funding stream makes available £200m of the Governments’ previously announced £750M COVID-19 response funding, is aimed primarily at small to medium organisations and will cover costs for the next six month period. This fund is one of the most useful for VCS organisations and we strongly recommend you consider applying. There is still plenty of money left in this pot and NLCF are actively encouraging further applications now many groups supporting the most vulnerable people under covid have already been funded. Read more here.
  • National Lottery Awards For All: The National Lottery has devoted all its immediate resources over the next 6 months to projects addressing the immediate effects of Covid-19 in your local community. Read more here. There’s a lot of money in the pot, you can apply for up to £10,000 (even if you’ve already got another Awards For All grant currently live) and the best news is that the turnaround for this fund can now be as little as an astonishingly quick two weeks – this is an amazing resource for those organisations who’ve come up with new ways to provide direct help to local beneficiaries in most need but require an injection of funding to make sure it continues over the next few months until they can hopefully access something bigger.
  • COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund (National Lottery Community Fund Partnership): The funding aims to provide emergency financial assistance to local, frontline homelessness organisations, preventing closure, service cuts or staff redundancies threatened by increased operational costs and a loss of fundraising income due to the coronavirus. It will also support organisations that have needed to expand or adapt their services in light of Covid-19, to support people experiencing homelessness safely and effectively. Deadline 14 September 2020. Read more here.
  • Community Justice Fund: National Lottery Community Fund Partnership: This fund will support the key role that specialist social welfare legal advice agencies play in providing essential support to people and communities, both now and as we plan for life after the crisis. No deadline – Wave 1 opened July 2020 and is estimated to run for six months. Read more here.
  • Power to Change Covid-19 Community Led Organisations Recovery Scheme: This £9.5 million scheme is available to community organisations in England facing financial difficulties caused by Covid-19. The scheme offers grants up to £100K and is aimed at organisations delivering services in their local community for people who are at high risk from Covid-19, with an emphasis on support for people of colour. Application window: Tuesday 11 August from 10am till 1pm. Read here.


Comic Relief COVID-19 Community Fund (COVID-19 Response & Recovery)

The aim of this fund is to support local grassroots organisations (income less than £250K) to respond to the needs of vulnerable individuals, families and communities during the Covid-19 crisis, and to recover from the impact on services. The fund will provide grants of £4,000 to organisations for them to respond to the current crisis, and £1,000 to help them recover through enhanced capacity building grants. Organisations should deliver projects that provide community benefit across one of Comic Relief’s strategic themes. Read more here.


Community Foundation Coronavirus fund

The Community Foundation is currently closed for applications. We recommend that you either bookmark the Community Foundation website or subscribe to their e-newsletter for the upcoming announcement of their next phase of Covid funding and keep an eye out on the VODA website and e bulletin for announcements.


WRAP Covid-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant – Phase 2 extended 

The government, in collaboration with the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), launched a £3.25 million fund to support the operations of not-for-profit food re-distributors to ensure that surplus food can reach people in need and those considered most vulnerable. Its second phase provides funding opportunities for small surplus food redistributors (£5k-£10). Deadline extended to 28 August 2020. Read here.


Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Fund

£500 unrestricted core funding to help groups supporting vulnerable groups in their local communities for example food banks, new telephone services etc. They are making awards on a weekly basis and are still open to applications from groups in the North Tyneside area so get your applications in now while it’s still available! Read more and apply here.


RW Mann Trust

This trust has not announced any specific COVID-related response but is already an excellent, quick response funder providing amounts up to £1000 for smaller Registered Charities. Read more and apply here.


Magic Little Grants

The fund will be awarding over 900 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. Find out more here. Deadline 31 October 2020.

*Please note, To apply for the grant you must complete the Localgiving membership registration. See eligibility here.


Lloyds Bank Foundation COVID Recovery Fund

The Foundation is launching £7.4 million COVID funding aimed at supporting charities to recover beyond the immediate crisis. Their COVID Recovery Fund will offer around 140 charities a two-year unrestricted grant of up to £50,000 alongside a Development Partner to help charities navigate a tumultuous future. Deadline: 5pm 11 September. Read more here.


Foyle Foundation: Small Grants Scheme

The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support charities operating in the UK, especially those working at grassroots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. They are making one-year grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 only to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability. Read here.


Allchurches Trust – Hope Beyond

Grants of up to £50K are available to churches and Christian charities to fund innovative, impactful projects that will enable people, organisations and communities to flourish in life after lockdown, building resilience and encouraging hope. Read more here.


MSE Charity – Building & Developing Resilience

Grants of up to £7500 will be available when the fund opens 1st Sept 2020 for projects focussed on on building capability skills for those that need it the most, to support people recovering from the results of the pandemic to equip them to move forward. Deadline: 25 September – however the grant rounds close early if 40 applications have been accepted, so make sure you apply early in the month in which the grant round opens. Read more here. 


Please note: Please be aware that because many of the above funds are likely to be hugely oversubscribed they may therefore at some point announce temporary or longer-term suspension of their emergency grant programmes, so always check their websites for the most up-to-date situation.

Government Support

Government Support for Employers and Businesses including charities and CICs

  • Job Retention Scheme
  • Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
  • Support for Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Businesses
  • Support for nursery businesses that pay business rates
  • Support for businesses that pay little or no business rates
  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
  • Support for businesses through deferring VAT and income tax payments
  • Support for businesses paying tax: Time to Pay service

Information on all of these measures can be found: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

Further information for employers, employees and businesses can be found at the following sites:





Some charities are eligible for Coronavirus Small Business Grant Scheme

If you’re a registered charity with premises registered for business rates in North Tyneside and have had your income adversely affected by the current lockdown conditions you may able to apply for a grant up to £10,000 (£25,000 in exceptional circumstances). See further information here).

Furloughing Update

From the 1 August employers can no longer claim for Class 1 employer National Insurance contributions or employer pension contributions through the Job Retention Scheme, however these contributions are still payable by the employer.

From 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim CJRS grant for their normal hours not worked. When claiming the CJRS grant for furloughed hours employers will need to report and claim for a minimum period of a week.

The scheme closed to new entrants from 30 June. From this point onwards, employers will only be able to furlough employees that they have furloughed for a full 3 week period prior to 30 June.

This means that the final date by which an employer could furlough an employee for the first time was 10 June, in order for the 3 week furlough period to be completed by 30 June. Employers will have until 31 July to make any claims in respect of the period to 30 June.

Further guidance on flexible furloughing and how employers should calculate claims can be found here.

Money Saving Expert website has a section dedicated to the furlough scheme, which is updated regularly. It gives advice and guidance on who’s eligible, how it works and how much you’ll get. There is a section on the latest update involving working part time and the changes that will come into play in August. Martin Lewis also goes over the details in an easy to follow video.

Read the guidance on furloughing from ACAS

Loans and Social Investment

Big Society Capital Loan/Social Investment Fund

£100M has been made available (a large proportion by repurposing existing funding) for social enterprises, charities and businesses in economically disadvantaged areas affected by the current pandemic. Larger and smaller loans/social investments are available, with more details available via this link.


Business/Charity Interruption Loan Scheme
To be eligible under the scheme, charities no longer have to generate more than 50% of their income from trading. This previously prevented most charities from applying.

Under the scheme, charities can access loans of up to £5m for up to 6 years. The government also covers the first 12 months of interest payments and any lender-levied fees. Read more here.


Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (COVID-19 Recovery)
The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund is an emergency loan fund of £100,000 to £1.5m which will provide repayable finance to charities and social enterprises experiencing disruption as a result of Covid-19 and is intended for such organisations who have an otherwise viable business model. It has been established to make the Government’s existing Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) more easily accessible to these entities. Read more here.

Other Free Support Available

Free business support for charities from the Cranfield Trust

Here are some of the ways Cranfield Trust can help you – all these services are free for charities to access:

  • 1:1 telephone support – from experts on topics including finance, communication, and business contingency planning.
  • HRNet – tailored HR and employment advice for charities. (Due to differences in legislation, HRNet is only available to charities in England and Wales).
  • Management Consultancy – longer term support, to help your charity thrive.
  • Mentoring – personal support for leaders in difficult times. A senior level ‘critical friend’, someone who can share their knowledge and experience, whilst supporting you to consider your leadership decisions and impact.

To find out more and get help for your charity, please email admin@cranfieldtrust.org or visit www.cranfieldtrust.org


FINE funding database and funding bulletins currently available free

FINE (Funding Information North East) funding bulletins and access to searchable online funder database (with details of proven funders of NE groups) are available free during coronavirus crisis – simply sign up to become a member of VONNE to access this useful resources.

Read more here

Latest funding news

* indicates multiple funding streams from a specific funder.

National Lottery Funding Streams (COVID-19 Response)

Coronavirus Community Support Fund This  funding stream makes available £200m of the Governments’ previously announced…

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Community Justice Fund: National Lottery Community Fund Partnership (COVID-19 Recovery)

This fund will support the key role that specialist social welfare legal advice agencies play…

Read more

Culture Recovery Fund grants (COVID-19 Recovery)

The Department for Culture Media and Sport has announced the breakdown of the £880m grants element…

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New £88million Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage (COVID-19 Recovery)

Applications are now open for grants from £10,000 up to £3m to help heritage organisations in England recover…

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Lloyds Bank Foundation COVID Recovery Fund launches 3 August (COVID-19 Recovery)

£7.4 million COVID funding aimed at supporting charities to recover beyond the immediate crisis. From…

Read more

Covid-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant – Phase 2 extended (COVID-19 Response)

The government, in collaboration with the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), launched a £3.25…

Read more

Comic Relief COVID-19 Community Fund (COVID-19 Response & Recovery)

The aim of this fund is to support local grassroots organisations (income less than £250K)…

Read more

Foyle Foundation: Small Grants Scheme (COVID-19 Recovery)

The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support charities operating in the UK, especially those…

Read more

Magic Little Grants 2020

Together with Postcode Community Trust, a grant giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode…

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Allchurches Trust – Hope Beyond (COVID-19 Recovery)

Grants of up to £50K are available to churches and Christian charities to fund innovative,…

Read more

MSE Charity – Building & Developing Resilience (COVID-19 Recovery)

Grants of up to £7,500 are available for projects focused on building capability skills for…

Read more

Power to Change Covid-19 Community Led Organisations Recovery Scheme (COVID-19 Recovery)

This £9.5 million scheme is being delivered by Power to Change, Locality, The Ubele Initiative…

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MSD Cancer Community Grants Programme

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating unprecedented challenges for health charities and for the populations that…

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BAME-led organisations infrastructure funding (COVID-19 Response)

A growing body of data, including from ONS and Public Health England shows that people who are Black, Asian…

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COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund (COVID-19 Response)

The funding aims to provide emergency financial assistance to local, frontline homelessness organisations, preventing closure,…

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Crowdfund North East LEP

Match funding is to be distributed by the North East LEP to small businesses through…

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Upcoming funding deadlines 31 July 2020

Here is a round-up of the upcoming funding deadlines for the next few months. These…

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