COVID-19 Funding information

The following COVID-19 funding opportunities are currently accepting applications. Please contact our Funding and Development Officer, Jane Granville ( for more information and to see how we can support your organisation.

Last update: 06 August 2020

Coronavirus Community Fund

Funds are available for either project or running costs but work supported must be aimed at strengthening communities and/or strengthening the organisations that provide vital support to communities. Grants up to £10,000 for individual group applications and partnership bids around £30,000.

Local Ward Funding

City of York Council’s (CYC) Local Ward funding is to be accelerated and used flexibly to help community organisations respond to local needs during the outbreak of coronavirus.

Sport England Community Emergency Fund

This fund is paused to new applications. All updates in respect to its future will be posted on the website. 

The National Lottery Community Fund

Funding is prioritised for communities affected by COVID-19.  They are reviewing the situation on an on-going basis and will share any updates or developments on their website.

Arts Council Funding

The reopened fund has a budget of £59.8 million available until April 2021.  They have prioritised reopening this programme to help fund independent organisations, creative practitioners and freelancers as quickly as possible. .Visit their website for more information.

Heritage Emergency Fund

The £50m fund will be available for grants of between £3,000 and £50,000. It is available to organisations across the full breadth of heritage, including historic sites, industrial and maritime heritage, museums, libraries and archives, parks and gardens, landscapes and nature.

North Yorkshire Sport

Visit North Yorkshire Sport’s Funding Finder page for all the latest funding opportunities.

Halifax Foundation

Registered charities working with early years disadvantaged children can apply for unrestricted grants of up to £5,000.

Art Fund

Adapting their programmes and being flexible around timing, this fund is open to all types of activity, even those that would ordinarily be ineligible.

Standard Life Foundation

Funding 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.

Big Society Capital

A new Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund, managed by Social Investment Business (SIB), to enable social lenders to provide emergency loans to affected social enterprises and charities without requiring personal guarantees and charging no fees or interest for 12 months.

Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust

Registered charities working with early years disadvantaged children can apply for unrestricted grants of up to £5,000.

Localgiving / Postcode Community Trust Magic Little Grants

Grants of £500 to small local organisations to support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise. This can include online fitness classes during a period of social distancing. Applicants need to be members of Localgiving, but this is currently free of charge and simple to sign-up to.

Persimmon’s Community Champions

Persimmon’s Community Champions initiative 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. From April 2020 all funding will go directly to groups supporting the over 70s.

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

Applications are open for the Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) offered by Social Investment Business (SIB). Charity Bank is supporting SIB by helping to deliver the Fund for eligible organisations, who believe the Fund is appropriate for their needs.

Yapp Charitable Trust

Small registered charities in England and Wales, with a total annual expenditure of less than £40k, are invited to apply for grants of up to £3k to cover core costs and staffing.