Several organisations have launched funding programmes to assist local organisations in responding to the challenges of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Below you will find a list of organisations and the types of funding they have made available.


Innovate UK announced up to £20 million of support for innovation projects that help UK businesses focus on emerging or increasing needs of society and industry during and following the Covid-19 pandemic.

This competition has now closed.


Funding for entrepreneurs

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest have launched a £5million grant fund for young entrepreneurs aged 18-30. Grants can be used to maintain core business operations during the crisis, as well as meet any existing financial commitments, such as paying for essential equipment or settling invoices from suppliers. In conjunction with these grants, the initiative will also offer one-to-one support and guidance to applicants who need it. More information can be found here.


Funding for the charity, community and voluntary sector

The Chancellor has announced an extra £750 million coronavirus funding for frontline charities, including:

Further details about how the funding will be available will be made as soon as possible.

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation is an independent charitable foundation that connects local donors with local causes and charities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.  Funds are available to support charities and community groups that are supporting vulnerable people during the current crisis. More information can be found here.

Sport England have released a new fund to help community and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the virus. More information can be found here.

The John Lewis Partnership Community Support Fund is making £1million available to communities across the UK. Teams in each shop will work together with their communities to choose the best way to use the fund. Help could include setting up additional local delivery services to support the self-isolating, the vulnerable, the elderly and those looking after them; delivering boxes of staples to local care homes and community groups, and donating products to create care packages for customers to share with vulnerable neighbours. More information can be found here.

The Charities Aid Foundation have set up a fund for smaller charities, not for profit organisations, social enterprises and unregistered community groups.  Grants of up to £10,000 are available to help continue to deliver support within local communities. And can help with core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas. More information can be found here.


Funding for organisations and individuals in the art sector

The Arts Council has launched two new funds to support individuals working in the cultural sector, including artists, creative practitioners and freelancers and independent cultural organisations. Round two opens on Thursday 16 April until Thursday 30 April. More information can be found here.

Youth Music have launched an emergency fund for music-making organisations affected. Grants of up to £10,000 are available and priority will be given to people and organisations in the most immediate need. More information can be found here.


Funding for the heritage sector

The Heritage Fund is providing short-term funding for organisations delivering heritage projects or running previously funded projects, and safeguarding heritage sites we have previously invested in to ensure they are not lost to the public. More information can be found here.