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Funding for Charities and Voluntary Organisations

If you are a charity or a voluntary organisation you may be able to apply for grants to help you to continue you to carry out the amazing work you are doing as part of responding to the challenges of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) virus.

We aim to continue to add to this page once new information and links become available.

Worcestershire Communities Foundation

Worcestershire Communities Foundation supports charities and voluntary organisations across the county, focusing on smaller organisations with limited capacity to organise major fundraising campaigns. They partner with funding bodies, philanthropic individuals and businesses to generate funding that impacts on community groups by addressing real areas of need across Worcestershire. They have information on their website about how you can apply for a range of grants.

For more information visit Worcestershire Community Foundation (opens in new window)

The National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund awards money raised by National Lottery players to fund great ideas that help communities to thrive. Groups can apply to us for funding under £10,000, or over £10,000, depending on what they want to do. All funding decisions they are making for the next six months will prioritise getting funding to groups best placed to support their communities at this vital time focusing initially on existing grant-holders and applicants. These include:

  • 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 COVID-19
  • organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19

For more information visit The National Lottery Community Fund (opens in new window)

DEFRA fund to support frontline food aid charities

If you run a front-line food aid charity in England, you can apply for a grant of up to £100,000 to help you continue to provide food to the vulnerable.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will assess applications to the fund in the order they are submitted.

You’re eligible to apply if you:

  • are unable to meet an increased demand for food from vulnerable individuals or supporting charities
  • have the capacity to distribute all of the food purchased under this grant by 9 August 2020

You can apply for the grant to provide for people:

  • unable to afford food
  • who have moved into temporary accommodation as a result of COVID-19, for example those who have left home due to domestic abuse, newly released prisoners, the newly homeless

This grant is not to provide food for the extremely clinically vulnerable, who are already being supported by government.

Website: Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 from GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

The grant scheme will close on Monday 6 July.

Website: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Apply for the Food Charities Grant Fund from GOV.UK (opens in a new window)