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).

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

Crowdfund Worcestershire #CrowdfundWorcs

Created by Worcestershire County Council in partnership with crowdfunding platform Spacehive, Crowdfund Worcestershire is a new crowdfunding initiative that provides groups countywide with a platform to pitch their project ideas and raise funds to bring it to life. This programme will become a springboard for locally-led ideas to attract funding more easily, while enabling everyone who cares about their community to contribute - chipping in as little as £2 can help a project on its way to success.

To find out more go to our Crowdfund Worcestershire website (opens in a new window)

The Local Connections Fund

Book clubs, walking groups and other community projects will be able to apply for a £4 million fund designed to help reduce loneliness in the coming months. The Local Connections Fund – made up of £2 million from the Government and £2 million from The National Lottery Community Fund – will be used for hundreds of small grants worth between £300 and £2,500. These investments are designed to help local organisations bring people and communities together as the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.

To find out more visit GOV.UK Community groups tackling loneliness to benefit from £4m fund (opens in a new window) 

Support for tax and claims

The Government has published guidance for voluntary and community sector organisations on how to apply for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) £5 million funding grant to provide tailored support to members of the public who need extra help in getting their tax and claims right. The programme is open for applications until 27 November 2020.

Announcement: HMRC Grant Funding - application guidance from GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

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)