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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 updated its assurances around flexibility with grant-holders who are anxious about delivering on agreed outcomes and is continuing with the commitments made at the start of the crisis. 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

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 manage 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.

Now is a very good time to take advantage of the Digital Apprentice offer provided by Accenture (via the Community Foundation) which can provide the services of a digital apprentice for a full year to help you develop a website and/or social media presence and show you how to make the most of this capability to raise awareness of your project and encourage new beneficiaries and supporters – especially important while we’re all struggling with social distancing.

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 Funds

Sport England’s Return to Play Fund

Sport England has launched a new £16.5 million fund to provide additional help to the sport and physical activity sector during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The Return to Play Fund will support groups, clubs and organisations who’ve been impacted by restrictions brought in to tackle the disease, and is part of our overall response to the crisis that now includes more than £220m of government and National Lottery funding. Read more here.


The CAF Resilience Fund

The CAF Resilience Fund exists to help charitable organisations in England that support the people hardest hit by Covid-19. Through hundreds of targeted grants, this fund will support those working with vulnerable and disadvantaged groups such as those living in deprived areas, those supporting Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and people with disabilities. Both registered and unregistered charitable organisations, including community interest companies and social enterprises, can apply for the CAF Resilience Fund. Deadline: noon 10 November 2020 (early applications recommended). Read more here. 


National Lottery Funding Streams

You can still apply for emergency National Lottery funded grants in England to help your community through COVID-19.

Both of the above funds are to cover a 6 month period only – the Lottery is looking to announce longer-term funding sometime in the autumn so it is advisable that you bookmark thee pages and check back regularly. We will also keep you updated with for further announcements


The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK COVID–19 Emergency Fund

The Foundation has set up an emergency fund to help small to medium sized organisations who are struggling to manage the financial impact of COVID-19 either because of increased demand for their services or loss of income. The fund is targeted at organisations in a critical position. Grants are for a maximum of £1,000. Read more here.


Comic Relief COVID-19 Community Fund 

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 still open (via general applications) to Covid response/relief work AND to general (not specifically Covid-related) applications, but will be spending most of the recovery funding they have available by pro-actively approaching previously funded groups they identify themselves. Read the latest statement from Community Foundation CEO Rob Williamson. 


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.


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.


Steel Charitable Trust

Discretionary grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 where they believe that their contribution will make a real difference. The five current funding priority categories are: Arts and heritage; Education; Environment; Health and Social or economic disadvantage. Covid-19-funding will be considered. Deadline: 31 October 2020. Read more here.


Barrow Cadbury Trust: Covid-19 Support Fund – re-opened

Grants of up to £50k (or three month’s expenses) are available for work that will relieve hardship caused by the pandemic among refugees and asylum seekers and by migrants experiencing barriers to accessing services. It can only be spent on needs arising directly or indirectly from the pandemic. As no deadline is set, it is recommended that if your organisation is eligible you should submit your application without delay. Read more here.


UK Theatres Trust: Theatre Reopening Fund

The UK Theatres Trust has repurposed their UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme as the Theatre Reopening Fund to support theatres to cover the additional costs of reopening. The fund will support building improvements and purchasing equipment that will support the theatre to be able to open viably and safely with grants up to £5k. It will not cover revenue costs. Priority will be given to those that can demonstrate how the project will support the theatre’s safe reopening. No deadline. Read more and apply here.

The Fore’s RAFT Transition Fund

Unrestricted grants to help small charities and social enterprises in the UK plan for the longer term and gain a stronger footing in the post-coronavirus world. The unrestricted grants can be used for any purpose, including core costs. A webinar to prepare you for application can be viewed here. (max. £15,000). Round 2 applications open 21 September (first come first served). Read more and apply here.


The Volant Trust accepts applications from charities that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Applications for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered. Deadline: 31 December 2020. Read more and apply 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.

Local & National Government Support

North Tyneside Business & VCS Recovery Programme

North Tyneside Council has launched the Business Recovery Programme which offers quick-access to free and practical hands-on support for North Tyneside businesses and voluntary and community organisation to aid their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The programme eliminates the need for businesses (and charities) to go through the procurement process, a funding agreement and no cash changes hands. Read more here.

Government Support for Employers and Businesses including charities and CICs

The Government have a package of support for businesses including charities and social enterprise (where applicable) including:

  • 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:





Furlough & Job Support Scheme

From the 1 September employers can no longer claim for Class 1 employer National Insurance contributions or employer pension contributions and employers must now contribute a minimum of 10% of the employee’s salary, and can only claim 70% through the Job Retention Scheme. The employer NI and pension contributions are still payable by the employer. Further guidance on furloughing can be found hereMoney Saving Expert website has a section dedicated to the furlough scheme, which is updated regularly. Read the guidance on furloughing from ACAS

The furlough scheme will close on 31 October and be replaced by the Job Support Scheme.

The Job Support Scheme is designed to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to Covid-19, to help keep their employees attached to the workforce.

  • The new Job Support Scheme starts on 1 November and runs for six months.
  • To be eligible you must have been on your employer’s PAYE payroll on or before 23 September 2020.
  • You must work AT LEAST a third of your normal hours.
  • For the hours you can’t work, the cost is usually split THREE ways – and the state’s contribution is capped at just under £700/mth. 

Read the Government guidance on new scheme here.

Read this guide from Money Saving Expert.

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) – Expanded

The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF), offered by Social Investment Business, has been expanded and improved to make more loans to charities and social enterprises affected by the coronavirus pandemic. It offers the following:

  • Maximum loan amount now £1.5m (minimum still £100k)
  • Interest-free and fee-free for the first 12 months
  • Loans available up to a maximum of five years
  • Faster than applying for a standard loan.

RRLF is an emergency loan fund that will provide repayable finance to charities and social enterprises who are 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 more easily accessible to these entities. Read more here. Eligible social organisations can apply for RRLF loans until 5pm on Friday 13 November.


Power to Change – Community Business Renewal Scheme (England)

A £3 million unrestricted grants programme, the Fund is being delivered by Social Investment Business (SIB) on behalf of Power to Change and is providing grants to established community businesses in order for them to assess, diversify and strengthen their operations to ensure they can navigate the constantly changing coronavirus landscape. £10,000 – £20,000. Application windows November 3rd, January 12th, March 2nd (10am-1pm). Read more here.


Power to Change: Community Business Trade Up 

Community Business Trade Up provides community businesses with the skills, support network and funding to recover and rebuild income from trading. Grant money is allocated in equal proportion to the additional income which the organisation can generate from trading. The learning programme runs for 12 days across nine months. Up to £10,000. Community businesses. Deadline December 2nd, 2020. 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


Power to Change support package

In collaboration with strategic partners, Power to Change has launched a support package for community businesses as we move forward into the new normal. This support package includes a range of activities, from webinars to short intensive programmes, for community business leaders to hone their skills and develop peer networks, helping them to continue to play a vital role in their communities. Partners involved include the School for Social Entrepreneurs, Eastside Primetimers, Locality and the Plunkett Foundation. Read more here.

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CAF Resilience Fund

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Women’s Sector Resilience Fund

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Energy Redress Covid-19 Fund

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Community Partnering Fund

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National Lottery COVID-19 Funding Streams

The Government allocation of funding to the Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF) has now closed to new applications.…

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The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK COVID–19 Emergency Fund

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The Postcode Recovery Fund is open for applications

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Charity Bank’s Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF)

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National Emergencies Trust: LGBT+ Futures Grant Programme

Funding of up to £15k is available to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people…

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Accenture Digital Apprenticeship Opportunity

As part of the Community Foundation Skills Match initiative, they are supporting Accenture’s apprenticeship programme…

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North Tyneside Council COVID-19 VCS Emergency Assistance Grant

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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)…

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

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

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Steel Charitable Trust

The trust makes discretionary grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 where they believe that their…

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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,…

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Barrow Cadbury Trust: Covid-19 Support Fund for refugees & asylum seekers

Grants of up to £50k (or three month’s expenses) are available for work that will…

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UK Theatres Trust: Theatre Reopening Fund (COVID-19 Recovery)

The UK Theatres Trust has repurposed their UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme as the Theatre…

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Volant Trust: COVID-19 Response Fund

The Volant Trust accepts applications from charities that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social…

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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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The Fore’s RAFT Transition Fund (opens 21/09)

Unrestricted grants to help small charities and social enterprises in the UK plan for the…

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BFI Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas (COVID-19 Recovery)

This fund is part of the government’s cultural recovery package; £30m has been allocated and…

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Lloyds Bank Foundation COVID Recovery Fund (COVID-19 Recovery)

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

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