Extracted from Ian McLintock CEO article 100+Charity Emergency Funds


UK Wide Funders

  1. Asda – has donated £5m to its partners FareShare and the Trussell Trust. This will provide over 4 million meals to families in poverty, as well as more than 3000 charities access to free food over the next 3 months. That’s fantastic of Asda, but the need is huge – support the Trussell Trust by donating here.
  2. Arts Council England – emergency funding package and Support for funded organisations and individuals announced.
  3. Authors Emergency Fund – professional authors who are resident in the UK or British subjects – including all types of writers, illustrators, literary translators, scriptwriters, poets, journalists and others.
  4. Big Society Capital – plans emergency £100m loan fund for charities.
  5. Cadent Foundation – Midlands, North West England, South Yorkshire, East of England and North London. Comitted £240k to the Trussell Trust last week, ready to support other worthy causes.
  6. Care Workers Crisis Grants – grants to care workers.
  7. Cavell Nurses Trust – additional funding for grants designed to help nursing and midwifery professionals support their living costs like rent and utility bills.
  8. Comic Relief – some of the money raised through Sport Relief 2020 will go to organisations on the frontline. Support for grantees through adapting activities, reviewing timeframes, or re-budgeting remaining funds.
  9. Co-op – £1.5 million of essential food products to FareShare’s 23 regional centres, and then supplied to a network of local community groups across the country.
  10. Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund – established with a £1m donation from Netflix for anyone impacted in the industry by shutdown.
  11. Greggs Foundation – funding for emergency food parcels, hardship payments and other support to schools and community hubs.
  12. Help For Musicians – guidance and hardship fund.
  13. Hospitality Industries Funders – various, those without work as a result of coronavirus lockdown in the UK. Temporarily closed due to volume of applications 25 March.
  14. Indigo Trust – has donated £1m to the Trussell Trust for food banks.
  15. John Lewis & Waitrose – launched a £1m Community Support Fund to be distributed by Waitrose shops to local communities, and a support fund to aid staff facing additional costs as a result of the pandemic.
  16. Make A Difference Trust – small pockets of financial assistance to those in theatre experiencing unexpected financial hardship due to theatre closures as a direct result of Government advice aimed at containing the spread of Coronavirus.
  17. Martin Lewis  has made £1m available to fund urgent coronavirus grants of £5k to £20k to small registered UK charities – community aid, financial advice help and more –  to help with specific UK coronavirus-related poverty relief projects. His hope is to get the money is distributed within the next couple of weeks. Closed to new applications.
  18. National Lottery – announces all the funding decisions for next 6 months (up to £300m) will be devoted to crisis and they will accelerate the cash part of this funding as much as possible. 
  19. Neighbourly – micro-grants of up to £400, to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the new Coronavirus outbreak.
  20. The National Emergencies Trust – launching an to help those most effected by the outbreak. They collaborate with charities and other bodies to raise and distribute money and support victims at the time of a domestic disaster.
  21. PRS For Music – PRS members globally – grants of up to £1000 each, depending on need.
  22. Sport England – exploring a number of ideas, for example opening up applications to our Small Grants scheme to those that have lost income and extensions of existing grants to those who have a critical funding shortfall.
  23. Standard Life Foundation – work directly related to crisis, addressing challenges & helping to contribute to social change which tackles financial problems and improves living standards.
  24. Support for Theatre Professionals during Coronavirus  – collection of funds and sources of advice or support for those in the theatre industry. Funds are available from institution specific funders and from those that support the wider industry.
  25. Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust – coronavirus funding announced, no details yet. Works with young people.
  26. Tech Force 19 – innovators who can support the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating during COVID-19 to apply for government funding of up to £25,000 to test their solution.


Big Give – #donateyourcommute – first £200k will be doubled through match funding provided by the Reed Family. Funding will go to NET.


Hampshire and IW Community Foundation are not listed but will have an emergency fund We’re All Together  –  http://www.hiwcf.com/


Government Financial Support

  1. Coronavirus – you can find comprehensive charity guidance on all the initiatives on the Charity Tax Group Coronavirus hub.
  2. Salaries – charities included in Government coronavirus wage scheme. 80 per cent of workers’ wages from the government, if they would otherwise have been made redundant.
  3. Local Authority Funding – £2.9 billion to support vulnerable people, including people who are homeless during the COVID-19 crisis.
  4. Gift Aid – We fail to claim £600m in Gift Aid each year and we now need that money more than ever. Unlike funding bids, as long as you qualify, the money is certain. There are different types. Are your claiming everything you’re entitled to? This Charity Excellence resource will give you what you need to get yours.
  5. Other Tax Reliefs – That’s just one of many tax reliefs and you can claim up to 4 years retrospectively – you can find links to all of them on the Charity Excellence website tax reliefs page. Join us and complete the 30 min Finance & Resources questionnaire. It will enable you to identify all the tax and other savings there might be. The toolkit, its huge resource base and quality mark are completely free.

Specialist Funding Streams

  1. To find funding for specific issues, go to the Coronavirus Tech Handbook funding page – treatment & research, equipment & logistics, communications, policy & strategy, country specific etc.


  1. National Funding Scheme has created 3 matched funding appeals for food banksthe homeless and the elderly. Funding will be donated to charities.
  2. Crowdfunder – has made fundraising on its platform free for charity and community groups during the crisis.
  3. Give As You Live – cancels donation fees for food banks.


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