COVID-19 funding under £10,000 – including Coronavirus Community Support Fund


Awarding emergency funding to organisations in England
We're distributing government funding alongside National Lottery funding, to support organisations to continue to deliver services to people and communities affected by COVID-19.

What we can fund
We can fund activities supporting people and communities affected by COVID-19. We can also help organisations overcome any acute financial difficulties they face as a result of the pandemic.

The types of projects and organisations we’re prioritising
We want to support projects and organisations playing a vital role in helping their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We can’t fund everyone, so take a look at the types of projects and organisations we’re prioritising.

The amount of funding and length of funding
Given the emergency, we’re looking to award funding of £300 - £10,000 to cover six months of expenditure.

Suitable for
Voluntary or community organisations
Funding size
£300 to £10,000
Application deadline



How to apply

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 the demand.

We'll assess applications in the order we receive them. 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.

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.

The National Lottery Community Fund and HM Government logos

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.

Apply online Continue online application

The time it takes to get a decision from us may vary
For now this programme is only funding projects helping communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll try and tell you our decision as soon as possible. We are reviewing the situation on an on-going basis and will share any updates or developments on our website.

If it's difficult or impossible for you to complete an application form
You can contact us if you have any communication support needs. We’re happy to talk about alternative ways for you to tell us about your idea.

What information you need to apply

We ask for the contact details, home addresses and dates of birth of two different people from your organisation. Both contacts need different email addresses.

One person should be someone we can talk to if we have any questions about your project. The other should be a senior member of your organisation, who'll be legally responsible for the funding. Both need to live in the UK.

These two people can’t be:

  • related by blood
  • married to each other
  • in a civil partnership with each other
  • in a long-term relationship with each other
  • living together at the same address.

We ask for the legal name of your organisation - and its address. And what type of organisation it is
Make sure these are up to date and match up with any information or identity documents we ask for (when you get to the application part).

We ask for information about your organisation’s accounts
We want to know the date your accounts wrap up each year and how much income you have.

If you don’t have yearly accounts because you’re a new organisation (less than 15 months old) that’s okay. We can still look at your application.

We ask for a bank statement from the last 3 months

It should show:

  • your organisation's legal name
  • address the statements are sent to
  • your banks name
  • the account code and sort number
  • date the statement was issued.

Here’s a handy picture of the kind of bank statement we’re looking for.

We ask you for information about what sort of project you’d like to do
And how your project will help and involve your community.

We also ask you to read and agree to our terms and conditions
You can have a look at the terms and conditions here.

If you’re not sure about the sort of things we ask for when you apply
Contact us.

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.

What happens after you apply?

  1. You send us your application – we’ll assess it. We’re now focusing on funding COVID-19 related projects, so they can start as soon as possible. During this time we'll look at your idea and do our security checks. You can find out more about the checks we do here.
  2. If your application is successful – we'll send you an email with the good news. You can start your project as soon as you get this email, if you want to. And we’ll put the funding in your bank account within 14 days (or sooner if possible).
  3. You can start spending the funding on your project – you have up to six months after being awarded funding to spend the money the way you said you would in your application (unless we’ve agreed to something different first). We might check in from time to time – to see how things are going.
  4. Share your story – let people know about your grant and the amazing work you are doing in your community. Sharing news about your project with your community can be a great way to keep them involved and engaged. If your funding comes from the Government, here’s some information about how to publicise your grant. If your funding comes from us, you can find out more about how to promote your grant here. Your offer letter will also include details on where your funding is from and how to acknowledge your grant.

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.
Who can apply

Who can apply?

You can only apply once for COVID-19 emergency funding in England. So please make sure that you’re applying for what you need.

You can apply if you already have existing grants with The National Lottery Community Fund, including a National Lottery Awards for All grant in any country in the UK. We also encourage organisations to apply who are led by people with lived experience.

You can apply if your organisation is a:

  • voluntary or community organisation
  • registered charity
  • constituted group or club
  • not-for-profit company or Community Interest Company

You can read more about what we define as a Voluntary, Community or Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisation here.

Who we can’t accept applications from:

  • statutory bodies
  • schools
  • individuals
  • sole traders
  • Companies that can pay profits to directors, shareholders or members (including Companies Limited by Shares)
  • organisations based outside the UK
  • organisations that don't have at least two people on their board or committee who aren't married, in a civil partnership, in a long-term relationship, living together at the same address, or related by blood
  • one organisation applying on behalf of another. Be careful of businesses or consultants who say they can support you with your funding applications. They might even say they’re acting on the Fund’s behalf, or they’re a preferred supplier of the Fund. They could even offer to write an application for you. We wouldn’t accept applications from these types of businesses or consultants. But you can get support and advice on writing your application from your local CVS (your local council for voluntary services).

If you’re not sure if you can apply

Contact us.

The projects we fund

What we can fund

We can fund activities supporting people and communities affected by COVID-19. We can also help organisations overcome any acute financial difficulties they face as a result of the pandemic.

What types of projects we’re prioritising

We want to support projects and organisations playing a vital role in helping their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will prioritise:

  • Organisations supporting people and communities who experience disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis

    This category includes, for instance, organisations supporting older people, disabled people (including people with long-term health conditions) and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, all of whom are facing specific challenges during the current crisis. It also includes organisations who provide advice and support to those pushed in crisis as a result of the pandemic. This category also includes those organisations supporting people and their families with end of life care.

  • Organisations providing services and support for vulnerable people, for which there will be increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 crisis
    This category includes, for instance, organisations supporting people and families who face financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. It also includes organisations working to prevent domestic abuse and violence against protected groups, those working with homeless people and those supporting vulnerable children and young people. Finally, we also know that there is increased demand for mental health support and support to mitigate the increased challenges of loneliness and isolation.

  • Organisations which connect communities and support communities to work together to respond to COVID-19
    This category includes organisations supporting local community activity, including volunteering, and community organising. It also includes organisations supporting community and sector infrastructure, including public information. We know there is increased demand for support with the development of digital, data and technology capabilities. Finally, we want to support building capacity and infrastructure of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and other marginalised communities to ensure they are in a better position after the initial emergency response.

We know that small and medium-sized charities are likely to be more vulnerable right now. So we encourage applications from those organisations, including micro charities.

Your organisation should involve your community

We know that some communities, such as disabled people and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities are being hit hard by the pandemic. We encourage organisations to apply who are led by people from those communities.

We believe that people understand what's needed in their communities better than anyone. So it’s important to us that you involve your community in the design, development and delivery of the activities you’re planning.

This short video explains it well. It might be helpful when you’re putting your application together.

There might be other types of funding for you

If you’ve read through this page and feel like this funding isn’t quite right for your project - have a look on our website to find other funders in the National Lottery family

If your project works with children, young people or vulnerable adults

You need to have a policy in place that explains how they'll be safe. And we might ask to see this policy, if we decide to give you funding. The NSPCC have lots of helpful advice about setting up and following good child safeguarding policies. NCVO also host a number of safeguarding resources. If we do fund your organisation, you must comply with our safeguarding policy.

Projects that need insurance, qualifications or affiliations to a governing body

Depending on what you want to do, your project might need:

  • public liability insurance
  • leaders or instructors with special qualifications
  • an affiliation to a governing body.

You can ask us to cover these costs when you apply for funding (see what else you can spend the money on).

If you're not sure about the sort of projects we fund

Have a look at what we've funded previously. And you can always contact us too.

What you can spend the money on

What can you spend money on?

We can fund activities supporting people and communities affected by COVID-19. We can also help organisations overcome any acute financial difficulties they face as a result of the pandemic.

This list doesn't include everything. So, if you're not sure, contact us.

We can fund:

  • your organisation’s running costs
  • essential items for food banks
  • small land or refurbishment projects that can be delivered within Government guidelines (but make sure you own the land or building, have a lease that can't be ended for five years, have a letter from the owner saying the land or building will be leased to you for at least five years, or an official letter from the owner or landlord that says you're allowed to do work on the building) - you should also think about getting planning permission for the work too
  • equipment
  • one-off events
  • staff costs
  • training costs
  • transport
  • utilities/running costs
  • volunteer expenses.

We encourage you to think about any organisational costs needed to help you and your community through the current crisis.

We can’t fund:

  • alcohol
  • contingency costs, loans, endowments or interest
  • profit-making/fundraising activities
  • VAT you can reclaim
  • statutory activities
  • overseas travel
  • campaigning activities (this fund is to support the delivery of direct services for vulnerable people)
  • religious activities (we can fund religious organisations if their project benefits the wider community and doesn’t include religious content)
  • political or lobbying activities.

If you're ready to start your application

Apply online Continue online application