Emergency funding for DDPOs during the coronavirus crisis

Emergency funding sources for DDPOs – we will be updating this list as we receive more information

Sources of emergency funding for DDPOs

We will be updating this list as we receive further information.

If you are already receiving funding, and are concerned about meeting your delivery or outcome targets or need other support, do contact your funder. Several funders have issued statements about flexibility and support they are offering to current grantees, including Arts Council, Esmee Fairbairn, Lloyds Foundation, NLCF and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

If you need support with making applications you can access free support from Inclusion London’s Associate Business Consultant Alex Hendra. To book 121 support by phone or video call contact Alex at consultancy1@inclusionlondon.org.uk.  Alex is also offering additional online training and support for DDPOs including a Webinar 30 June on Writing successful funding bids. 


Arts Council Emergency funding package

The Arts Council will offer individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector new financial support during this crisis, totalling £160 million. They have re-purposed all investment strands to be able to offer this support. These emergency funding streams will be open to applications very soon.
They are offering funding to organisations and individuals.

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)

In this time of national crisis, CAF has launched the CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help charities continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK.
This is intended as a rapid response fund, and CAF aim to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application.
CAF anticipate high numbers of applicants and unfortunately it is likely that we will not be able to offer a grant to all eligible applicants.


Community Justice Fund

The Community Justice Fund is a joint initiative to help specialist social welfare legal advice organisations cope with the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and lay the foundations for longer-term renewal.

Dealing with the impacts of COVID-19 is a defining moment in work to bring about a more just and fair society. A group of independent funders working in partnership with key representative umbrella bodies, have formed an alliance for social justice to create the Community Justice Fund. This fund will support the key role that specialist social welfare legal advice agencies play in providing essential support to people and communities now and as we plan for life after the crisis.

They have tried to develop a process which is as simple as possible, ensuring that applicants only have to apply once, and the partners to the fund will then work to ensure that your chances of funding are maximised through allocation to the most appropriate funding source.

They envisage the fund awarding grants in two waves. Wave one is now open.

The size of grant awarded will depend on a number of factors including the size of your organisation and the cost and scale of the support needed. They anticipate making grants in the range £25,000 – £75,000, but may be able to make larger grants in certain circumstances.

The Community Justice Fund envisage wave one running for six months. Applications will be considered on a weekly basis while funds are available. Decisions will be received within ten days of submitting an application.

To be eligible for funding, an organisation must be:
· registered with the Charity Commission and working in the UK;
· able to demonstrate a track record of delivering legal advice in one or more of the following areas of law: asylum, community care, debt, disability, discrimination, education, employment, housing, immigration, mental health, public and administrative law and welfare benefits;
· able to demonstrate a track record in delivering advice at specialist level including carrying out end-to-end casework for clients, carrying out representation in a court or tribunal and/or holding legal aid contracts


The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation have closed their application process and will be announcing emergency funding opportunities so keep an eye on their website.

Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund

The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund has launched a fast track application process for one-off grants of up to £3,000. It could be particularly useful for funding small projects or to cover unexpected costs arising from COVID-19. Applications are open to UK registered charities who support:

  • the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless;
  • provision of food and essential supplies;
  • victims of domestic violence;
  • nursing care to vulnerable patients.

London Community Response

The Mayor has announced funds for emergency support to help London’s community and voluntary organisations affected by the impact of the coronavirus. The emergency scheme London Community Response is being coordinated by London Funders and is available to organisations facing immediate financial pressures and uncertainty because of the coronavirus. These include increasing demands for services, higher staff absences, fewer volunteers and lower donations.

Wave 2 of this funding has now been launched. There is a weekly rolling deadline until further notice e.g. applications submitted by Friday 17 April will be assessed in the following week.

• Crisis response – grants of up to £10,000 to enable you to meet the immediate needs of communities, these could be one-off costs (e.g. new equipment), urgent needs (e.g. food and essentials), or to enable you to increase your support to people at risk. These are intended to be short-term grants that help you respond to the situation your organisation and the people you work with are facing right now, and during the coming two to three months.

• Delivering differently – UPDATE: applications for Delivering differently grants will close from 5pm Tuesday 19th May.  Delivering differently offer grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to enable you to change the way you deliver your work to ensure it continues to meet the needs of your communities, from switching to digital channels to redeploying staff to boost your capacity at a time of increased demand. In some circumstances we may consider grants above £50,000 but there must be a strong rationale in your application for this. We expect these grants to cover the up-front costs of changing the way you deliver your services (e.g. any new equipment, or training for your team), and then enabling you to continue to deliver in these new ways (including staffing and ongoing service costs) to increase the reach and capacity of your work. Whilst this is a rapidly-changing situation, and there is a lot of uncertainty about how long the current restrictions will be in place, we would ask you to prepare your budget based on needing to work in these new ways for up to three months.

You can apply for funding for costs you have already incurred since March 23rd (eg. buying new equipment for staff working from home)

Government funding for charities

The Chancellor has pledged £750million support to frontline charities with £360 million direct from government departments to charities providing key services, £370 million for smaller charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund and £20million minimum match funding for the National Emergencies Trust

Inclusion London will be monitoring how this funding is administered and will keep DDPOs updated through this page on opportunities to apply.

National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund are making COVID-19 funding a priority. All funding decisions for the next six months will prioritise getting funding to groups best placed to support their communities at this vital time focusing initially on existing grant-holders and applicants.
They will prioritise:

  • 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 COVID-19
  • Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19

If you would like to put in an application that is not related to COVID-19, you are still welcome to do so. However, please be aware that there is likely to be greater competition for our funding, and a delay in our ability to respond.

Sport England Community Emergency Fund

This new fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. We’ll be prioritising organisations that work with under-represented groups and groups who can’t access government emergency support. Up to £10,000 is available for costs from March-July 2020.


Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency we have created a streamlined application process and payment process to make it easier to get funds distributed quickly. If your application is successful the fund will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. The programme is set up to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects.

The fund will prioritise organisations whose need for services has been disrupted, who need to put in place new services, or who are experiencing increased demand. This is a rolling programme, where community groups or charities can apply for funding at any time during the next few months; we expect to be making weekly awards to eligible groups across the UK.

The Yapp Charitable Trust

The Yapp Charitable Trust has invited small UK charities affected by the impact of COVID-19 to apply for grants of up to £3,000. Registered charities in England and Wales, with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000, can apply for funding for core costs and staffing.

See also Inclusion London’s Funding Directory for more general information about funding opportunities