Charities and not-for-profits

Guidance for the charity sector

The Charity Commission have produced guidance to help with running your charity during the outbreak. You can also find information and useful resources on the Small Charities Coalition website. In addition, the Charity Bank has published a coronavirus resource hub for charities and social enterprises on its website, which includes sources of emergency funding. 

Guidance for Community Interest Companies (CICs)

The Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies (CICs) has plans in place to maintain services for CICs and protect the welfare of employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. They have produced this guidance

Financial support for social enterprises

The Social Enterprise Support Fund provides essential financial support to help social enterprises during COVID-19. It aims to help social enterprises to meet additional demands, change the way they work, make their spaces COVID-secure, and manage liquidity. You can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £300,000 that must be spent within six months. The funding can be used for two types of support:

  • Funding for activities supporting people and communities affected by COVID-19
  • Helping organisations overcome any acute financial difficulties they are facing as result of the crisis.

Applications open at 1pm on Thursday 13th August and close at 1pm on Thursday 20th August. For more information on eligibility and how to apply can be found here.

Funding for charities during coronavirus outbreak:

£750 million coronavirus funding for frontline charities

Charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak. £360 million will be directly allocated by government departments to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis. £370 million will also be allocated for small and medium-sized charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund for those in England. You can find more information here.

Arts Council England funding for organisations in the cultural sector

Arts Council England is making £50 million available to organisations that are not in receipt of regular funding from the Arts Council. National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) and Music Education Hubs are not eligible to apply for this fund. Organisations who have applied to National Lottery Project Grants are welcome to apply for this support. More information can be found here:

Arts Council England funding for freelancers

Arts Council England is aiming to support artists, creative practitioners and freelancers during this crisis by making £20 million of financial support available to individuals, so they can better sustain themselves, and their work, in the coming months.

Sport England: Community Emergency Fund

Sport England has launched a new fund which aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. It’s specifically targeted at organisations, including those not currently supported by Sport England, who have a role in supporting the nation to be active. The types of organisations eligible include local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills, and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver sport. Awards are between £300 and £10,000. Details can be found here.

National Lottery Community Fund

All funding decisions made by the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) for the next six months will be devoted to responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The NLCF will prioritise existing grant holders and applicants with activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis. 

National Emergencies Trust

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has launched an appeal to raise funds for local charities and grassroots organisations that have been impacted by Coronavirus. The trust is planning to distribute grants through a network of local community foundations. You will need to apply directly to a community foundation. To find your local community foundation please visit the Community Foundations website.

Other financial support schemes 

You can find information on other financial support announced by the Government, including the Job Retention Scheme, on our Financial Support & Cashflow page.