Funding Opportunities

Everyone should have a place fit to call home

Yet with a shortage of new properties, outdated rental stock and a lack of support for the most vulnerable people in our communities, many end up in unsuitable, unsafe or unaffordable accommodation.

It’s a topic close to Nationwide’s heart. In fact, helping people into homes is central to how and why the building society began 140 years ago, and it’s the reason they launched their Community Grants programme: a chance for local organisations with great housing solutions to apply for grants of up to £50,000.

Applications are shortlisted and then their regional Community Boards, made up of our members and colleagues, come together to award the grants.

Find out more:

Charity Survival Fund

The Charity Survival Fund has been set up in response to Julia and Hans’ ongoing concern about Covid-19’s economic impact on charities. This £10m Fund will provide core funding to help charities, especially small and medium sized, to offset lost income in the current financial year.

Who can apply?

The fund is open to UK registered charities that:

  • Have a beneficial area within the UK
  • Actively operate across one of the three areas prioritised by The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust: Health and Wellbeing, Welfare and Education, Arts and Culture
  • Have annual income below £5m
  • Have lost (or are forecast to lose) income due to Covid-19
  • Have not already received Covid-19 related funding from The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust

Grant sizes

Charities may apply for grants up to the maximum threshold indicated in the table, depending on their annual income.

Up to £20,000 £5,000
£20,001 – £100,000 £10,000
£100,001 – £250,000 £50,000
£250,001 – £500,000 £100,000
£500,001 – £5,000,000 £250,000

How to apply

Read the Guidance for Applicants before you apply. This covers all the information required in the online application. For more information see the Frequently Asked Questions. Complete the online Application (by filling in the form and attaching a cover letter, case study, and budget and cashflow forecast).

The submission deadline is 5pm on Monday 27 July

Complete the Application

PCVS holds funding for groups with income of under £30k to apply for between £500-£1000 which could be used to support with translation for their communities.  Applications would need to be for qualified interpreters in their communities and/or to support expenses for volunteer support workers with languages including DBS checks.

Please note that we cannot fund organisations who have already received CCF funding.

If you are interested please email [email protected]

Emergency response
The Charities Aid Foundation has launched its Coronavirus Emergency Fund. This will provide grants of up to £10,000 to charities, social enterprises and other community groups to help them to continue to deliver much needed support to within their communities

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation have launched the Cambridgeshire Community Coronavirus Fund


The UFI Charitable Trust, a grant-funding body, focussed on delivering an increase in vocational learning, is making grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 available to help training providers move towards remote learning. Applications close on the 6th April 2020.

Sport and leisure organisations

Sports England have announced an emergency fund to support the sector, more info here
‘We’re making up to £195 million of funding available <> to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

Young people

Persimmon Homes

Arts funding
Funding to support arts and culture organisations:
Arts Council England COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Arts and Cultural Organisations

Also see Metal’s newsletter for more funding info

Funding for musicians

Rural isolation

Rural Response Emergency Grants Programme
The Prince’s Countryside Fund is inviting applications for emergency funding from farming and rural community support groups, who are providing assistance to counter the effects of isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic.

With thanks to Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, groups can apply for grant funding of up to £2,500

Environmental funding

Tree planting fund still open with longer response time

Funding for managing food waste and textiles recycling