We only have a limited amount of funding to award
There will be high demand for this funding, and we will have to make some tough choices. We expect the fund to be heavily oversubscribed and anticipate only being able to support a proportion of applications.
So please only ask for what you need to support communities for up to 6 months and please bear with us as our funding teams respond to this demand. Make sure you also check who can and cannot apply before filling out the application form.
We will assess applications in the order they’re submitted. We know you need funding quickly.
We’ll monitor demand closely and update you on any steps we might need to take to help manage the number of applications we get. So that we can get funding out to communities as quickly as possible.
Find out more about the types of projects and organisations we’re prioritising.
The application below is the same for both government and our funding
The application you need to fill in is the same whether your funding comes from the Government or from us. So you don't need to tell us which pot of funding you want to go for.
If you can't apply for National Lottery funding, so specifically need the government funding
If you're a group that's looking for government funding, because you can't accept funding from The National Lottery, please tell us in your application.
If your proposal is eligible, we might ask for extra information after you send your proposal to us
After you send your COVID-19 project proposal, we might get in touch to ask about who will benefit from your project and how COVID-19 has affected your financial position and whether you will run out of money. Don’t worry, it’s okay to tell us if you’re struggling financially during the crisis – we’re only asking for this information so we can work out how best to support you.
- How do you expect COVID-19 to affect your plans for the next 6 months? For example:
- What difference is it making to your income and spending?
- Do you expect to be able to generate enough income to cover your costs?
- If not, how much additional income do you think you’ll need to cover costs?
- Are you worried that you might run out of cash? If so, when might that happen?
- How much cash or unrestricted reserves do you have that you could draw on if needed? How many months operating costs should that cover?
- What actions are you taking to mitigate the effect of COVID-19? For example, applying to furlough any staff through the Government Job Retention Scheme.
To help you answer these questions, we’ll provide you with a simple table for you to complete with some key financial information.
If you're requesting more than £50,000, we'll ask you to submit an up to date cashflow forecast or budget.
There are two ways to tell us about your proposal
1. You can tell us about your COVID-19 proposal online
Our online form makes it easier for you to tell us about your funding proposals.
If you have any communication needs
Please contact us for help if completing a form is difficult or impossible for you. We’re happy to talk about other ways for you to tell us about your funding proposal.
2. If you don’t want to use our online form - you can email or send us a video instead
Here's what to tell us in your email or video:
- the name of your project
- where it'll take place
- what you'd like to do - how has demand for your services changed?
- how your work will involve your community
- how your project fits with local activities
- who will benefit from your project - how have they been affected by COVID-19?
- what difference your project will make - how will it mitigate the impact of COVID-19?
- how much money you need
- how long you need the money for.
Here's where to send your email or video:
|North East & Cumbria
Covering Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear, Middlesbrough, Darlington, Stockton on Tees, Cleveland and Cumbria
Covering Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside
|Yorkshire and the Humber
Covering North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire
Covering Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Swindon, Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole, Devon, Torbay, Plymouth, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
|London, South East and East of England |
Covering Greater London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Bedfordshire, Peterbrough, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk
|East and West Midlands |
Covering Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire (except North and North East Lincolnshire), Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire
If you’re not sure how to tell us about your funding proposal
You can look at our Data Protection Statement to see how we use the personal data you give us, and look at this privacy notice to see how we use this data if you apply for emergency Government funding.
We ask you to read and agree to our terms and conditions
If your funding comes from the Government, you can read the terms and conditions here. Or you can watch this video to get the terms and conditions in British Sign Language (BSL).
If your funding comes from us, here are the terms and conditions you need to read.
Here's what will happen next, if we decide to fund you
You need to sign an agreement before we pay your funding
After being awarded funding, you and your partners have to sign an agreement that tells us:
- how you'll work together
- everyone's roles and responsibilities
- your commitment to working together.
You can use our Partnerships Agreement template (if you want to)
Or you can create your own partnerships agreement. The template is helpful if you have one lead partner — who gets all of the funding and passes some of it on to the other partners. But our template is for guidance only and we can’t give you legal advice. So, make sure to get your own legal advice before signing any agreement if you’re unsure.
If all of your partners will get their funding directly from us
Tell your local funding officer when you contact them about your project idea. So we can support you to run a project like this.
We'll also get in touch with you near the end of your funding and ask you about your progress, including:
- how many people you reached
- how many volunteers you worked with
- what you did
- what difference the funding has made.