Funding Opportunities

Included in this section are summaries of available funding opportunities which community groups may wish to apply for. For more detailed information, community groups are advised to visit the individual website of the funder. Please take note of the timescales / deadlines for applying for funding and the funding criteria which you will need to meet in order to be eligible to apply.

The information contained in this section of the website was correct at the time of publication.

Tesco Covid-19 Emergency Funding

Tesco's Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Funding is open for not for profit organisations to apply.

The programme will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations, including schools, who are supporting vulnerable groups, as part of their emergency response in supporting local communities. Find out more at:

Applications are being processed quickly in order to provide support to communities in need.

National Lottery Emerging Futures Fund

Registered charities, voluntary and community organisations, CICs and social enterprises can apply for grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 to help communities transition from the immediate Covid-19 crisis towards recovery and renewal.

The National Lottery Community Fund has launched a £1 million Emerging Futures Fund to help organisations look at how things are changing, what is needed in this transition, and what is possible in the future.

Due to social distancing rules it is expected that a lot of projects will take place online. Consideration must be given to people who are digitally excluded, or need support with their digital capabilities. Funding can be used for costs such as staff salaries, project activities, running costs, and equipment.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 25 June 2020.

To find out more visit 

Switchaid - Covid-19 Telecoms Fund

Switchaid have launched a fund to support charities with emergency telecoms needs during COVID.

If you are a charity or organisation that is in need of some help with telecoms, communication and remote working, check out their website

  • Ideal for remote and office workers or a combination of both
  • Use your existing charity number
  • Reduce missed calls
  • Add a welcome message
  • Direct call to individual users or teams
  • Full set-up and support
  • All features and call included

Small Grants Community Fund

IIC grant


Voluntary and community organisations can apply for grants to develop and implement community-based activities that will have a positive effect on the mental health and emotional wellbeing, particularly those people who are the most vulnerable or isolated within our communities.

Grants between £1,000 and £5,000 are available and all projects must be completed within 12 months of receiving the funding.

The deadline for applications is 20 July 2020.

The Application form and Guidelines are available by clicking on the following link:

If you have any questions then you can email Lucy Wilkins:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Derwent Valley Partnership’s Holiday Activities with Healthy Food (HAHF) Fund Summer 2020

The HAHF Fund aims to ensure as many children and young people as possible, have access to food during school holidays, alongside enriching activities, in particular considering those children and young people who would normally receive a free school meal during Term Time.

Community groups and organisations can apply for a minimum amount of £250 and up to a maximum of £2,500 to deliver activities for children and young people during Summer 2020.

Applicants are encouraged to provide a healthy snack or meal (breakfast, lunch or tea) as part of the activity – this could be a packed lunch or meal delivery for example.

Please note that all projects must adhere to the current government guidelines in relation to Covid-19 around social distancing and maximum group size for outdoor activities.

An application pack (which includes guidance notes and an application form) can be requested from the Derwent Valley Partnership Team by calling 07818 510365 or emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All fully completed applications and supporting documents must be received by 12 noon on Monday 22 June 2020.