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Grants Online – Funding to Address the Impact of COVID-19

23rd June update

Firstly, the Grants Online team hope you are all well and bearing up in these difficult times. 

Since our last email there have been some important updates with regards to funding being made available to help with the impact that COVID-19 is having on local communities and organisations that are helping local people. 

Some of the updates include (this list is not exhaustive):

Registered charities, voluntary and community organisations, CICs, and social enterprises can apply for grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 to help communities transition from the immediate Covid-19 crisis towards recovery and renewal. The National Lottery Community Fund have launched a £1 million Emerging Futures Fund to help organisations look at how things are changing, what is needed in this transition, and what is possible in the future. Due to social distancing rules it is expected that a lot of projects will take place online. Consideration must be given to people who are digitally excluded, or need support with their digital capabilities. Funding can be used for costs such as staff salaries, project activities, running costs, and equipment. The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 25th June 2020.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on merchant seafarers, fishers and their families, Seafarers UK has created a new Seafarers £2 million UK COVID-19 Emergency Fund. The new fund is intended for distribution in 2020/2021, with 75% allocated to the international merchant seafaring community and 25% to UK coastal fishing fleets. Grants from Seafarers UK are offered to charities and other organisations providing frontline and support services to merchant seafarers, UK fishers and their families. Applications should be made via email to Guidance to applicants is available at or phone 020 7932 0000.

Dairy Farmers in England can apply for government funding of up to £10,000 each to help them overcome the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The aim of the fund is to support those most in need due to a decrease in demand for their products as bars, restaurants and cafes have been forced to close. Eligible dairy farmers will be entitled to funding which covers 70% of their lost income during April and May 2020 to ensure they can continue to operate and sustain production capacity without impacting animal welfare. Competition rules for the dairy industry have been temporarily relaxed.

In response to the coronavirus, The Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland is making emergency funding available to registered charities and constituted groups which have been adversely affected by the crisis. The Small Community Grants Programme will provide funding of up to £2,500 to help organisations react to the pandemic, prepare to reopen or adapt services accordingly, and to restore/renew in order to enable ongoing service provision. Funding can be used for projects which must commence within the next three months, and can be used to cover core costs such as salaries, administrative costs and general running costs of projects. Organisations must have an income of less than one million. Applications can be made on a rolling basis.

The Department for Communities in Northern Ireland has launched a new £15.5 million COVID-19 Charities Fund.  The aim is to provide grants of up to £75,000 to meet unavoidable costs for charities which have exhausted all other avenues of support and are facing imminent closure.  The funding programme is administered by The National Lottery Community Fund and provides financial support to charities who have lost income due to the impact of COVID-19 and are unable to cover unavoidable costs until 30 September 2020. The closing date for applications is the 10th July 2020.

Visit Grants Online to access the list of funds available >> 

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