Funds available to help Communities during Covid-19

The information below lists several funds which have been made available over the last couple of weeks in response to the current national crisis. Please click on the links to find out more details about each fund and how to apply.

Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund

The fund is open to constituted community organisations throughout Cambridgeshire (including Peterborough), who are supporting isolated older and vulnerable people at this time.

Grants between £1,000 and £5,000 will be considered (larger grants may be available for groups working in partnership). CCF aim for the process to take between 5 and 10 days.

The focus of the fund will be to offer community organisations emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community, affecting older people (aged 60 and over) and other vulnerable people (high risk, pre-existing medical conditions), as a result of the continuing threat of Covid-19. This will include the need for self-isolation, financial hardship, potential for hunger, lack of shelter, further exacerbation of health issues, loneliness and isolation of these people.

Who can apply:

  • Constituted organisations based in Cambridgeshire.
  • Parish, Town, District, City and County Council teams.
  • Partnerships – we want to support community groups working together; particularly in smaller geographical communities. We will therefore encourage a partnership approach, and one application from one lead organisation, rather than a number of separate applications.
  • Groups who already have live projects or pending applications.
  • Repeat applications under the same fund for continuation of projects that are proving to work well.

For more information:

CAF Coronavirus emergency fund

CAF has launched this rapid response fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help them to 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.

Who can apply:

Organisations with a charitable purpose and charitable activities, which had income of £1million or less in their last financial year.

This includes:

  • UK registered charities (registered with Charity Commission, Scottish Charity Regulator or Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, or as shown in the Charities Act 2010)
  • Organisations registered with Companies House or the Public Mutuals Register, as a charitable or not-for-profit entity, eg Community Interest Companies, Companies Limited by Guarantee and others 
  • Unregistered entities and social enterprises.

How much can you apply for:

Organisations in the UK with charitable activities can apply for up to £10,000 to support day to day activities in the current health emergency or your Covid-19 emergency response activities.

For more information:

The Prince’s Countryside Fund Rural Response Emergency Grants Programme

The Fund will assist projects that support farm businesses or other rural business and rural communities to cope with the effects of Coronavirus. This many include but is not limited to: – Fuel costs for grocery and prescription delivery from rural community shops, pubs, and hubs – Costs associated with emergency support by farm and agricultural support groups – Rural foodbanks and food delivery.

How much can you apply for:

The Fund can award grants of up to £2,500.

For more information:

Sport England

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.

These organisations include:

  • Local sports clubs
  • Voluntary and community sector organisations that deliver or enable sport and/or physical activity, including organisations that are not solely or primarily sports organisations and have an important role to play in keeping people active, that may need support for other parts of their organisation to remain open
  • Small charitable trusts that do not qualify for financial help elsewhere
  • Regional or county level organisations or leagues that have already paid out funds for activities that are now cancelled and are not able to claim funds from elsewhere.

How much can you apply for:

Awards will be between £300 and £10,000. In exceptional circumstances they will consider awards of more than £10,000.

For more information: