We know that communities, charities and social enterprises are busy responding to new challenges arising from the Covid-19 outbreak. Below are some of the specialist advice and support services that are now available.

Advice and support

General advice for community groups and charities

Specific sector/interest advice

  • Groundswell: Guidance for orgs supporting people experiencing homelessness
  • Youthworksupport: advice, guidance, support and tools for youth workers during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Specific Covid-19 funding streams

We recognise that many funders are responding to the challenges coronavirus is presenting for local communities. The below are specific additional funding streams for the coronavirus response. However, before applying, we recommend that you firstly get in touch with your current funding partners.

National funding sources

  • Martin Lewis £1m Fund: open to charities and registered groups. Closes Wednesday 25th March.
  • National Emergencies Trust: appeal for funding now open, to be distributed through Community Foundations and other charities. Keep in touch with your local community foundation on how to apply.

Regional funding sources


Any questions?

For general enquiries including new applications, please call the Information Team on 020 7727 8522. We are currently receiving a large number of calls, so please bear with us if the line is busy.

For current grant holders, please email your grant manager directly.