Funding Database

Lewisham Council in partnership with Lewisham Local have compiled the following Covid-19 funding database,  funds shown in green typeface are open now, those in amber are expected to open later this year:

Download the Funding Database

A comprehensive, up to date list of regional grant funding opportunities can also be found on  

Guidelines and Practical Information

Information for charities can be found on the government’s guideline page and NCVO’s practical support information page.

List of Funds

The Theatre Artists Fund

Launched on 6th July, this fund – which has raised £3.5 million to date – offers easy access individual grants of £1,000 for freelance professional theatre workers (see a full list

of eligible roles here). In round one, they supported 1,600 creative practitioners across the UK. With additional funding from Arts Council England, round 2 of the funding is now open and closes this Thursday 10 September at 12pm.

Help Musicians’ Financial Hardship Funding

At the outset of lockdown, Help Musicians launched phase one of its Financial Hardship Funding programme, offering grants of £500 to over 16,700 professional musicians.

Phase two launched in June and is providing monthly support from July to October to around 3,600 musicians. Arts Council funding will be used to support the launch of phase three in November.

Culture Recovery Fund


The Culture Recovery Fund: Grants programme will make up to £500 million available to support cultural organisations (both profit and not for profit) that were financially stable before Covid-19, but are now at imminent risk of failure. This funding is to ensure that, by 31 March 2021, successful applicants are either fully or partially reopened, or operating on a sustainable, cost efficient basis, so that they are able to reopen at a later date.

Round One: 10-21 August 2020

Round Two: 21 August – 04 September 2020

They expect to allocate roughly 75% of the budget in the first round and strongly encourage you to apply to this round if you have an application ready in time.

Full details can be found here.

Culture Recovery Fund: Repayable Finance

There will also be £270 million for long-term loans of £3 million plus available to charitable and commercial organisations. Organisations can only to apply to either recovery grants, or repayable finance, not both.

More details can be found here but they will publish more information soon. 

Lloyds Bank Foundation

On 3rd August Lloyds will open new COVID-19 funding to support charities to recover beyond the immediate crisis. Lloyds Bank Foundation are an independent charitable trust funded by the profits of Lloyds Banking Group. They partner with small and local charities helping people overcome complex social issues such as mental health, homelessness and domestic abuse.

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund will enable social lenders to provide emergency loans to affected charities and social enterprises. No personal guarantees and no fees or interest for 12 months. This is part of a £100 million package of support announced by Big Society Capital.

Applications are expected to open in the second half of April. Those interested are encouraged to email or to complete the standard loan form on Charity Bank’s website.

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund

The CAF has launched a £5m fund to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by COVID-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. You can apply for unrestricted funding for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable

Applications for the initial round of funding are currently paused.

The Yapp Charitable Trust

The Yapp Charitable Trust has invited small UK charities affected by the impact of COVID-19 to apply for grants of up to £3,000. Registered charities in England and Wales, with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000, ca n apply for funding for core costs and staffing. Grant fund open for details on how to apply please visit The Yapp Charitable Trust website.

The John Lewis Partnership

The John Lewis Partnership has launched a £1m Community Support Fund. Individual Waitrose shops will decide how to use their share to support their local community. For more details please read the John Lewis Partnership press release.

Funding currently paused pending review.

Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme (CECP)

The CECP will award small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to the pandemic. The programme is open for applications, please visit the  Clothworthers’ website for details on eligibility  and key features of the fund.

Cadent Foundation

The Cadent Foundation recently launched and is funded by the UK’s biggest gas network, Cadent. UK charities or groups with charitable purposes can submit applications for grants of up to £100,000. Applications close on 31 May. Visit the Cadent Foundation website for details on how to apply.

Standard Life Foundation

The Standard Life Foundation has launched funding for work directly related to the pandemic. Applications are open to all organisations undertaking charitable work. It is likely that grants will be
made in the range of £5,000 to £50,000, however, there is no set amount that people can apply for. 

The application process is currently open. For more details on how to apply, visit the Foundation’s Coronavirus pandemic application page.

Next deadline: 03/06/2020

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

A new short-term fund to support local communities. Successful applications will receive a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. Visit the Tesco website for eligibility details. The fund is currently closed in selected areas, check the Tesco
Community Grants website for details.

Applications are currently closed to Lewisham charities, pending update.

The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust

The charitable trust is offering grants of up to £1,500 for eligible small charities. The Trust is currently accepting applications. For eligibility criteria please visit The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust website.

Magic Little Grants 2020

The Postcode Community Trust and Localgiving are providing charities and community groups with the opportunity to apply for grants of up to £500. Magic Little Grants are currently accepting applications. For eligibility criteria please visit the  Localgiving  website.

Deadline: 31/10/2020

Pocklington Trust

£500,000 of essential support will be available to sight loss sector organisations.

Grants will be available of up to £10,000 pounds or the equivalent of two months’ running costs (whichever is less) for use over the next six months.

Grant applications are now closed however questions can be sent to

National Lottery Fund

The National Lottery Fund are to allocate funding to charities dealing with the Coronavirus.

The Funding will prioritise:

  • 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

Charities Aid Foundation

This Fund is to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.

Applications are currently paused.

London Catalyst for Grants

Their annual grants budget is c£300,000 divided between three grant programmes:

PROJECT GRANTS support new initiatives and service developments targeted at people disadvantaged as a result of long term ill-health, disability and poverty. Grants range from £1,000 to £5,000; the average in 2019 was £3,000.  Apply here.

SAMARITAN GRANTS:   a hardship fund which we make available to frontline health, social work and advice agencies to offer immediate assistance to people in an emergency. The partner agency distributes small one-off grants on our behalf; the average size of a hardship grant is £16, and 70% of all grants are for food and travel. Apply here.

PARTNERS FOR HEALTH 2020: This is our main collaborative grants programme co-funded  with the Hospital Saturday Fund which is now open for applications.  We are looking for innovative partnerships that can improve the care and well-being of people facing significant barriers to health. To apply please see attached guidelines and complete a project grant form below. Apply here.

Grant applications must be made at least four weeks prior to the next Grants Committee Scrutiny meetings on

  • Tuesday 8th September 2020
  • Wednesday 11th November 2020

London Funders

The London Community Response Fund, created in partnership by the Mayor and London Funders to support London’s civil society and cultural groups affected by COVID-19, has now risen to over £5m.

The second wave of funding has now been announced.

This is to continue the crisis response as well as changing the way you deliver your work to ensure it continues to meet the needs of your communities. Future funding programmes may include longer-term and recovery costs.

Charity Bank

Charity Bank have compiled their own list of nationwide funding options for charities.

Civil Society

Civil Society have also compiled a list of new funds being made available to charities.

Waitrose Community Matters

If your organisation is looking to be supported financially, you can also apply for the Waitrose Community Matters scheme. Speak to a Partner in store to apply or head to the Waitrose website.


Locality is the national network supporting community organisations to be strong and successful. Lewisham council has a membership with Locality.

Locality offers:

  • Peer Learning and connection
  • Specialist Advice and Support
  • Support for local community projects
  • Influencing and campaigns.

NCVO National Council for Voluntary Organisations

Know-How Non-Profit

This resource is being offered FREE to all organisations during the Covid-19 crisis.  

It offers advice on all aspects of running a voluntary organisation including Funding and Covid-19, including particularly see:

Funding Central


  • Unlimited funder searches
  • Regular email news and updates on funding opportunities
  • Advice
  • Event promotion for charities

The resource is FREE for organisations with less than £100,000 turnover

Community Southwark

simple guide to making a grant funding application.

Resource kindly shared by permission of Community Southwark.

The Big Give Christmas Challenge

Kicking off on Giving Tuesday, 1 Dec 2020, the Christmas Challenge is the UK’s biggest online match-funding campaign which last year raised over £15.6 million for hundreds of charities. Deadline for the stage 1 application is 5pm Friday 3rd July. Check out what last year’s participants said.

To apply for Christmas Challenge 2020: Log in or sign up for Big Give account. Click on Big Give Campaigns. Click on Apply now for Christmas Challenge 2020.

eBay’s Big Charity Sell

eBay is calling on charities to encourage their supporters to De-clutter, Donate and Nominate. From 21st to 28th May supporters can sell their pre-loved items on eBay, opting for up to 100% of the proceeds to be donated directly to their charity of choice.

Charities are not charged any eBay fees on eBay for Charity when they sell or receive funds and supporters can donate between 10-100% of their sale with the equivalent percentage reduction in fees. Simply check the box that says “Donate a portion to charity” and select the donation percentage when listing their item. For more information, get in touch on

GlobalGiving’s September Accelerator open

The Accelerator Programme includes free training (over 4 days) and participation in a 3 week crowdfunding campaign which contains bonus prizes, matching funds, homepage time, and so more!

To take part in the September Accelerator apply heredeadline 31st July 2020. You can book a call with GlobalGiving’s resident Program Officer for the UK Jasmine, to discuss whether GlobalGiving could be the right fit for your organisation and fundraising.

Facebook online conference for charities

Facebook are hosting an online conference on how to drive engagement and fundraising during this moment of crisis. Topics include: How to drive fundraising growth and the pivot strategically to digital; The importance of creativity and innovation during a crisis; How to tell your organisation’s story and effectively communicate on digital platforms; and New opportunities and growth hacks on Facebook and Instagram using ads, donation tools and much more. To Register please visit here 

 Community PR Initiative

The Community PR Initiative matches furloughed PR professionals with charities who could benefit from free communications support at this time. To apply for support, visit the Giving Tuesday website.

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