Coronavirus: Help for voluntary and 3rd sector organisations

A total of £750m in new funding is available for charities responding to the crisis in the UK.

£370m will go to small and medium-sized charities, channelled through the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) and other organisations. It will support locally-focused charities doing most during the outbreak.

Another £360m will be allocated to charities providing essential services and supporting people during the crisis. Some is specifically earmarked for hospices, St John Ambulance to support the NHS and Citizens Advice to allow more staff to provide advice. Children's charities and victims' charities can also apply.

Find out what is available for your organisation.

Charity emergency funders

Coronavirus Emergency Fund



What is available

Grants to support organisations helping those most affected by the coronavirus.


One Community Foundation: The NET Coronavirus Emergency Fund

For support: Email

Councillor Ward Budgets

Ward Budgets have been increased by an additional £30k per ward to enable you to respond to and support your residents in the current climate. We have also arranged, where possible, for same day grant payments to be made to groups where we already have existing relationships.

If you have a request now, or if you have any budget related queries, please contact your Active Citizens and Places officer who will be able to help:

  • Batley, Birstall and Birkenshaw wards - Ashley Fothergill
  • Spen Valley wards - Susan Ginty
  • Dewsbury and Mirfield wards - Jackie Ingham
  • Huddersfield North wards - Claire Howe
  • Huddersfield Central and Lindley wards - Cheryl Reid
  • Kirklees Rural wards - Julie McDowell and Luc Bride
National Lotteries Community Fund

Who is eligible

  • Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19
  • Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of measures to prevent the result of COVID-19
  • Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19

Awards For All


Between £300 and £10,000


National Lotteries Awards for All England

Reaching Communities


Over £10,000

About the support

Reaching Communities will support organisations who fit the eligibility criteria with funding for activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis.

It will also consider how to support those organisations to respond to any acute financial difficulties they might face as a result of the crisis.


Reaching Communities England



Over £10,000

About the support

This programme offers a larger amount of funding for organisations that work together with a shared set of goals to help their community thrive - whether that's a community living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences.


Partnerships England

Sport England Community Emergency Fund


Up to £10,000


31 July 2020

What is available

Immediate funding to those most in need. Specifically targeted at organisations, including those not currently supported by Sport England, who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing crisis.


Organisations eligible include:

  • local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills
  • voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity.


Sport England: Community Emergency Fund

Government support

Help for businesses and self-employed includes information about schemes which are also available for charities, including:

  • the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • claiming back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • claiming a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme.

Charitable Rate Relief and Small Business Rate Relief grants

Charities and amateur sports clubs usually aren't eligible for Small Business Rate Relief. This means that they can't apply for the Government's Small Business Grant Scheme.

Instead you should apply for Charitable Rates Relief for an 80% reduction on your rates bill.

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