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.

Tampon Tax Fund 2020-21

The 2020/21 round of Tampon Tax Funding is inviting bid under three categories, violence against women and girls; young women’s mental health and wellbeing; and a general programme.  

Charitable, benevolent and philanthropic organisations from across the UK applying to this round of funding are welcomed, to include activities that seek to address the consequences of Covid-19 for disadvantaged women and girls.  

Applications should be for £1 million or more and be from organisations that can deliver impact across their chosen category and across multiple regions in one or more of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  

Grants may be for 1 or 2 year projects. All activities must be concluded, and funds must be spent by 30th June 2022.  

They are particularly interested in receiving applications from organisations whose projects include making onward grants to other charitable organisations.  

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 31 May 2020.


To access guidance for applicants, please visit:






Defra Covid-19 Food Charities Grant Scheme

£3.45 million of grant support is available to front-line food aid charities who are currently unable to meet an increased demand for food from vulnerable individuals or supporting charities, but who have the capacity to distribute all of the food purchased under this grant by 9th August 2020.  

The minimum limit of need to apply to this grant scheme is £30,000 over a 12-week period and the maximum grant funding available to each organisation is £100,000.  

The grant scheme will close on Monday 6 July. Applicants will need to register with the eSourcing portal from 11 May 2020. 

Further information can be found at:




Youth Endowment Fund

The Youth Endowment Fund has opened a new £6.5m COVID-19 grant round to support vulnerable young people at risk of youth violence. 

Key Points:  

  • 50% of the total funding available will be reserved for charities and social enterprises.

  • The average grant will be around £50,000. The minimum grant that organisations can apply for is £25,000.

  • It will prioritise funding for activities and work which: 

1. Can clearly describe why the activities will be effective, especially if activities are being adapted to remote, digital or virtual delivery. 

2. Are tailored to young people and involve regular virtual contact with a practitioner (for remote/digital/virtual activities). 

3. Have clear strategies for engaging the most at-risk young people and monitoring their engagement. 

Applications close midday Wednesday 3 June 2020

For further information, visit:



Funding for Domestic Abuse Charities

Domestic abuse charities can access the vital funds they need to support vulnerable groups over the coming months. 

• Charities can bid for a share of £10 million funding to support victims of domestic abuse 

• The money will be used to support additional refuge bed spaces and specialist support 

• A further £6 million will also be given to homelessness charities to support their work during this time 

The fund will be open for domestic abuse charities in England, including refuges, to bid for a share. Charities providing Domestic Abuse Safe accommodation (including refuges) in England can apply for this funding. In order to ensure the funding can be shared as quickly as possible, the bidding process has been streamlined meaning people can access the help they need as soon as possible. Further information on funding streams for charities providing other domestic abuse services will be made available in due course. 

Linked to this, an additional £6 million will be made available for frontline homeless charities. This funding will be shared amongst organisations who are on frontline, keeping vulnerable people without a home safe and giving them help they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The taskforce will work hand-in-hand with councils and agencies across the country on plans to ensure rough sleepers can move into long-term, safe accommodation once the immediate crisis is over – ensuring as few people as possible return to life on the streets.  

For further details, please visit:



Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund

Please see below details of a new fund aimed at providing support to mental health providers in England.

The Department of Health and Social Care has made £5 million available to support voluntary and community sector (VCS) mental health providers which are experiencing an increase in demand for their services due to coronavirus. Through the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund, small and large grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 are available to help increase mental support for people with and at risk of developing mental health problems. This might include befriending support, support or advice workers, peer support, and practical help including support whilst in self-isolation. Funding can cover costs such as core and capital costs, and direct project costs such as staff and volunteer training. The grant is administrated by Mind.  Applications can be made at any time and will be assessed every two weeks for an anticipated eight to ten weeks.


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