Emergency funding for DDPOs during the coronavirus crisis

Emergency funding sources for DDPOs – updates JULY 2020

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.

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 .





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 Fore’s RAFT Transition Fund

In Autumn 2020, The Fore’s RAFT Transition Fund is offering unrestricted grants of up to £15,000 to help fantastic small charities and social enterprises plan for the longer term and gain a stronger footing in a post-coronavirus world.

The Transition Fund will offer grants in two rounds.  The first round opened for registration on the 20th July and a second round of funding will open for registration in September.

The Fore RAFT Transition Fund is designed to support small charities and social enterprises as they adapt to the post-lockdown world. Funding will enable grantees to strengthen their organisations, plan ahead, become more sustainable and refocus on the new needs of their beneficiaries.

The Fore is particularly looking to fund small organisations working with marginalised groups and led by people in the community that may have found it hard to access trust and foundation funding in the past.  We want to be different.  Our funding process is specifically designed to level the playing field and give no advantage to those with fundraising experience or connections.

Any registered charity, CIC, CIO or Community Benefit Society with turnover of under £500,000 in the last financial year is eligible to apply.

Julia and Hans Rausing Trust- Charity Survival Fund

The fund is open to UK registered charities that:

  • Have a beneficial area within the UK
  • Actively operate across one of 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 TrustGrants are for core funding. Grant sizes depend on the size of your organisation. Simple application process. Deadline 27th July


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 or providing responses and services to people affected by it.

Wave 3 of this funding opened on 1st July. It will only be open for a few weeks so get your applications in as soon as possible:

You can apply for under £10K with decisions made in 2-3 weeks
Or you can apply for £10-£50K  with decisions made in 6-8 weeks

The funding must for work work done over 6 months from the award date. You can apply again if you have had funding in Wave 1 or 2, or if you were unsuccessful in an earlier wave


We know that Covid-19 had caused difficulties to all Londoners, but that some people and communities have faced disproportionate challenges and negative outcomes.  We also know that civil society organisations across London are providing vital services and support for people, with increased demands through crisis expected to continue into the next phase.

Through all the funding programmes available we will give particular priority to supporting:

  • Equity and inclusion – organisations led by and for marginalised communities and those most affected by the covid-19 crisis (particularly Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME); Deaf and Disabled; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+); and/or women’s-led groups);
  • Strong connections – groups who reach and connect with people at high risk of negative impacts from Covid-19 (in terms of health outcomes, as well as social and economic issues); and/or
  • Smaller organisations – typically those with a turnover of up to £1m a year (though we welcome applications from grassroots and much smaller groups too).

They are giving funding under three themes:
CRISIS: We know that the crisis won’t be over at the same time and in the same way for everyone – we will continue to offer funding to provide food, essentials and support through crisis.
ENABLE: We know that many people will be navigating changes to their lives – we will fund work that helps to prevent difficulties escalating, and that enables people to emerge from crisis.
ADAPT: We know that civil society organisations have faced significant challenges during the crisis – we will fund work that helps groups to restart, adapt or collaborate for the future.

There are lots of really clear examples under each category which will help you see if your bid is likely to be funded. Have a look at their guidance here https://londoncommunityresponsefund.org.uk/guidance-applicants

If you need help to get a bid in on time…please contact Alex Hendra as soon as possible at Consultancy1@inclusionlondon.org.uk

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 Emergency Funding

Will fund activities supporting people and communities affected by COVID-19. Can also help organisations overcome any acute financial difficulties they’re facing because of the pandemic.

• Organisations supporting people and communities who experience disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. They specifically highlight Disabled people
• Organisations providing services and support for vulnerable people, for which there will be increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. They specifically highlight people facing financial hardship, domestic abuse, violence against protected groups, homeless, vulnerable young people, and mental health support
• Organisations which connect communities and support communities to work together to respond to COVID-19
They specifically mention organisations supporting local community activity, including volunteering, and community organising; organisations supporting public information and digital engagement/capability; and organisations building capacity of BAME and other marginalised communities.

• Awards can be small (between £300-£10,000) or large (over £10,000) and partnership bids are accepted
• You can only apply once and funding must generally be spent within 6 months of the award (although they will consider larger awards or longer timeframes, particularly for organisations working across more than one area of England, on a case-by-case basis).

You can also still put applications into their main funding programmes, not related to COVID-19, but they ask you to be aware that there is likely to be greater competition for funding, and a delay in their ability to respond.


Sport England Community Emergency Fund- THIS FUND IS NOW PAUSED TEMPORARILY

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.

Sport England Innovation Open Call

Have launched an open call to find existing or adaptable innovative solutions that solve specific COVID related challenges that are impacting the audiences we care most about and are least well served currently.

The challenges we are focusing on for this Open Call are:
changes in circumstances due to COVID-19
mental health impacts
the risk of digital exclusion

We believe that innovation can play a key role in helping people overcome these challenges so they can lead more active lives, and in turn help tackle the inequalities that exist within society.

Key Messages:
Think about how innovation can help address inequalities. We want to hear from individuals and organisations that offer solutions specifically developed to support women, people on low incomes, older adults, people from BAME backgrounds, disabled people or people living with long-term health conditions. We welcome ideas that work at the intersection of these audiences.
We are looking for solutions that specifically focus on the challenges outlined in the Call
We want to help these audiences quickly, therefore we are looking for products or solutions that are already worked up and ready to deliver positive impact within the next 6 months.
We are particularly interested in supporting organisations that are new to us, that may never have heard of Sport England before, and may be in other industries, because we know there is a wealth of talent unknown to us with vital contributions to make.
We are offering a range of support – access to our connections, advice, research and insight or a small amount of funding.
Innovation also doesn’t have to always be technology led. Some of the best ideas are local, simple and start with people at the heart.

The open call will initially be open for two weeks, closing on Wednesday 24 June at noon.



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