COVID-19 Funding for Charities


Local Funding

Heart of Bucks Fund – Grants up to £5000

Heart of Bucks has two funds providing grants for Bucks charities and groups which are helping local residents during the COVID-19 pandemic:

The Bucks Coronavirus Response Appeal is aimed at groups, charities and organisations in Buckinghamshire which are able to provide local support at this time of crisis. 

  1. Grants of up to £5,000 can be applied for by groups protecting the most vulnerable at this time. 
  2. Grants from the national fund NET Coronavirus Appeal are being distributed in Buckinghamshire by Heart of Bucks. Grants of up to £5,000 can be applied for by local charities and grassroots organisations which are providing vital support to people at this difficult time in the quickest way possible.

To apply to either of these funds, or to read the eligibility criteria, look at Heart of Bucks’ Coronavirus Funds.

Rothschild Foundation

The Rothschild Foundation has contributed to a number of local initiatives responding to the needs of vulnerable Buckinghamshire residents during the Covid-19 crisis. They have awarded direct grants to charities providing emergency food, supporting the homeless, and providing help and advice in the most deprived wards in the county. 

They have also added resource to programmes led by Heart of Bucks and Buckinghamshire Council. The Foundation will continue working with partners and charities to support thelocal community to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak. 

Further information about funding priorities will be published on their website in June.

Funding Search Engines

There are two key sources of funding information available for Buckinghamshire based charities: (both require pre-registration)

  1. Buckinghamshire focussed: Bucks Funding Search
  2. UK / International focussed: Charity Excellence Framework Database

The Clare Foundation Social Investment Loans

The Clare Foundation continues to provide interest free Social Investment Loans to Charities, CICs and not-for-profit organisations. The loan can be up to £50,000 and is repayable over 3 years. 

Government Funding

The government has reserved £750m to support frontline Covid 19 support charities. Some will be allocated directly by government departments to charities and some through the National Lottery Community Fund. Further info: Government Funding.

National Lottery Community Fund facilitated government grants have now been released and information is available on their website. For video guidance on applying see the NCVO / CFG webinar recording.

Tips for Funding Applications

NCVO has put together great guidance for applying for funding. Check out their advice: Applying for Funding Tips

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