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.

Charities Aid Foundation - CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund

In this time of national crisis, 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 they aim to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application.

They anticipate high numbers of applicants and unfortunately it is likely that they will not be able to offer a grant to all eligible applicants.

For details, visit:



Persimmon Homes Funding

Please find below details of two charity schemes that Persimmon is actively operating, which will see millions of pounds handed out to groups supporting specifically the under-18s and people aged over 70. 

Building Futures

Persimmon’s Charitable Foundation has this week committed to relaunching its Building Futures scheme for 2020. As part of its sponsorship of Team GB, Persimmon will donate more than £1 million to support children in sport, health and education.


We are calling on local groups within your area which support children to apply. It can all be done online remotely at

Community Champions


Persimmon’s Community Champions initiative has run since 2015 and gives away £64,000 every month in single donations up to the value of £1,000. So far over £3.5 million has been donated in the UK.

Persimmon has decided that from April 2020 all funding will go directly to groups supporting the over 70s.

However, we need your help to find these groups. If you know of any, can you let them know that funding is available? Again, they can apply online at



Funding Opportunities Update 06-04-20 - Funding to Address the Impact of COVID-19

Sport England is making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. 

For further details, visit: 

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 will be available to organisations which have received funding in the past or are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant. 

Several Community Foundations and other organisations have launched funding programmes to assist local organisations in responding to the challenges of the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Below you will find a list of organisations and the types of funding they have made available.



• County Durham Community Foundation – COVID-19 Fund

CDCF has just launched their COVID-19 Fund to support community groups and organisations through this period of uncertainty. The focus is to offer emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus. 

Grants up to £5,000 is available to support work in the community, and to help organisations survive over this period of closures and isolation. 

Theme 1: Proactive  

    • Organisations that are supporting older people and other vulnerable groups affected by the COVID-19 outbreak 
    • Additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community including volunteer costs
    • Activities to support community coordinated resources
    • Initiatives working to combat poverty (e.g. initiatives to tackle food poverty or ‘holiday’ hunger etc.)
    • Advisory services that complement those being put in place by statutory authorities such a directing people to local services or listening on the phone and giving emotional support. 

Project may be new or something you currently deliver but it must respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The activity must also complement the support measures that are being put in place in your communities by the statutory authorities e.g. local authority led community hubs.


Theme 2: Recovery and Resilience 

  • A contribution to charities and community organisations whose operations and finances are significantly affected by loss of income due to restrictions in place around COVID-19 

This fund is expected to be heavily subscribed.  In this first phase of emergency funding, priority will be given to applications that meet Theme 1. Applications for Theme 2 will be accepted but they will be given lower priority.


Karbon Homes Community Funding – New Funding and Volunteer Offer Launched

Karbon Homes have launched a funding pot and volunteer offer to support communities during this challenging time. 

The fund will offer support to initiatives helping: 

           socially isolated or elderly people without support networks  

           those unable to afford essentials  

           those unable to access the internet  

To apply for the support you must be a constituted, not for profit organisation with a history of delivering similar initiatives. 

To find out more about the funding and apply, please visit: