Funding for Groups

Stronger South Derbyshire – Small Grants for Community Support during CV19

We know this is a particularly difficult time for your group or organisation and that you’ll be facing even more challenges than usual. We also know that relatively small amounts of money can go a long way in the right hands and that’s why we’re making our small grants application process even more accessible.

Like all funders, we have a limit to the grant resources available but we want to ensure that local groups and community organisations closest to their communities in South Derbyshire have access to additional funds during this crisis especially where it can really make a difference.

Applications are currently being sought from groups based and operating in South Derbyshire for sums of up to £500. This could be used to help people in practical ways, or provide emotional support, or helping people stay connected, or finding new ways to support your beneficiaries during this difficult time. We don’t want to be too prescriptive about the way the money is used but we do want to be able to understand how your beneficiaries will be helped during the CV19 crisis.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • We can’t pay grants directly into the accounts of individuals, or groups of individuals who have come together recently to provide informal support services to their communities, who don’t have a constitution and bank account. If you are an informal group like this please talk to us before making an application.  We may be able to support you by holding the grant your behalf and making payments when you provide receipts or invoices.
  • Only one application may be submitted per organisation.
  • Funds to make grants or financial donations to other organisations or to individuals.
  • Organisations that discriminate on the basis of age, race, colour, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or other unlawful basis.
  • Organisations that are religious charities whose activities only promote the furtherance of their religion or only benefit their own religious members.
  • Organisations that are political parties or campaigns.

Eligible Expenditure

This unrestricted funding can be used for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas. Applicants must be able to describe how the grant will improve the situation for their organisation and community.


We intend to review applications on a continuing basis until the fund has been fully dispersed. We will email you to let you know whether we can offer a grant or not as swiftly as possible. If your organisation is not a registered charity, it is possible that we will need to make further checks on your organisation, and if so, it may take slightly longer.

If you would like to apply please email for an application form. Applications may be shared with other donors and funders who are approaching us offering support. We will also keep you informed of any other grants you might want to apply for.

Finally, we want to thank you for all the amazing work that you are doing in your community in this time of crisis. It’s greatly appreciated.

Other Funding


  • Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust: At this time of crisis, JRCT is keen to support work that responds to the dual harms of the Covid-19 pandemic and systemic racism. Specifically, they wish to encourage work within or across their existing programme areas that scrutinises the responses and policies of powerful institutions and actors, and which envisions and builds support for transformative social change based on justice, peace and sustainability. Next deadline 30 November 2020.
  • DCC Public Health Emergency Covid-19 Fund: Will support voluntary and community sector organisations with funding up to a maximum value of £2,000 for constituted groups and £250 for non-constituted groups, to allow them to play a key role in the local response. To apply, organisations need to return the application form by email only to and
  • Severn Trent Water Recovery Fund: Part of the £1m Coronavirus Emergency Fund. Aims to help charities and non-profit organisations who need a helping hand to get back on their feet as life starts getting back to normal. To be eligible your organisation must be located in the Severn Trent region and have a focus on improving community wellbeing. Once all the money available has been allocated, the fund will be closed.
  • The Childs Charitable Trust has introduced an Emergency Funding programme to support charities that are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the current pandemic. The trustees aim to meet every month to discuss any emergency requests received. The trust particularly welcomes applications from Christian based organisations.
  • The National Lottery Community Fund – Coronavirus Community Support Fund: For the foreseeable future TNL is prioritising funding projects and organisations supporting communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. They particularly encourage applications from organisations led by and working with disabled people, the LGBTQ+ community and black, asian and minority ethnic communities.
  • The Schroder Charity Trust: Grants up to £5000 for registered charities supporting: Education & Young People, Communities, Environment & Conservation, Health, Arts & Culture, International Development, Heritage, and Supporting the Armed Forces. Next deadline November 2020.


  • Support Adoption for Pets: The largest grant giving charity in the UK for animal welfare charities is providing an additional £400,000 to local animal sanctuaries suffering as a result of the covid-19 outbreak. Grants range from £1,000 – £180,000.

Armed Forces

  • The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust
    • The Positive Pathways programme offers fixed grants of £35,000 to activity-based projects that are run by veterans, for veterans. Next deadline 30 November 2020.
    • The Force for Change programme ofers grants of up to £20,000 to support projects that encourage Armed Forces communities to be more engaged and connected within their local communities, and for this year, will also support local projects that address needs that have arisen as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Next deadline 30 November 2020.
    • The Tackling Loneliness programme will award fixed grants of £70,000 for two-year projects that work proactively to enable people to become more engaged with their community. Deadline 9 October 2020.
    • The One is Too Many programme is part of the Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund and will award grants of up to £300,000 to two-year projects that aim to reduce suicide risks within vulnerable veterans in a coordinated and targeted way. Deadline 14 December 2020.

Arts, Culture & Heritage

  • Arts Council England
    • National Lottery Project Grants are available to individuals, community and cultural organisations. Deadline March 2021.
    • Support for Freelance workers in the arts and culture community, such as technicians, stage managers, artists and performers is available through the Theatre Artists Fund and Help Musicians’ Financial Hardship Funding programme.
    • The Developing Your Creative Practice fund is aimed at helping artists and creatives take their work to the next level. Opens Autumn 2020.
  • The Architecture Heritage Fund – Transforming Places Through Heritage: The AHF’s Transforming Places Through Heritage programme has grants of up to £100k available to support projects that will contribute to the transformation of high streets and town centres in England. They also offer a guide with more information on support available to charities and social enterprises during COVID-19. Applications of up to £15k can be submitted at any time whilst a quarterly Grants Panel considers applications over £15k. Next deadline 30 September 2020.

BAME Communities

  • The Phoenix Fund aims to put racial justice at the heart of COVID-19 pandemic response. The initiative will support a network of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic charities and groups in England that are working in the heart of their communities, providing essential and emergency services, support, and education tailored to the BAME community. Organisations in England that are led by representatives of the BAME communities are invited to apply for grants of up to £20,000. Next deadline 30 September 2020.

Building Maintenance

  • Screwfix Foundation: Grants of up to £5,000 are available to charities and not for profit organisations for projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve the properties and community facilities of those in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability, distress or other disadvantage throughout the UK. Applications can be made at any time and will be reviewed on a quarterly basis. Next review date November.

Children, Young People & Families

  • BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme: Supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances. Provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to child’s wellbeing. All applications must be made by a registered referrer. They aim to process applications within 10 working days.
  • BlueSpark Foundation provides grants of up to £5000 for projects which aim to improve the education and development of children and young people by means of educational, cultural, sporting or other activities. Particular consideration will be given to projects which help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people. Individuals may also apply.
  • Buttle UK – Chances for Children: Grants targeted at improving the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people and their capacity to engage in education and learning. There is a particular focus on: maintaining educational activity and stimulus within the home environment, establishing and/or maintaining internet access and communications, and household essentials.
  • Family Fund has received £10 million in extra funding from the Department for Education to provide grants for families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children in England this year. This emergency funding has been provided in response to the crisis presented by the Coronavirus pandemic. Families can apply for grants to make their lives easier while implementing social distancing measures, including computers and tablets, outdoor play equipment and sensory toys. Grants are typically around £400 to £500 per family, but vary depending on need.
  • Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust: Grants are available to help parents and carers who have worked in the UK fashion or textile industry and whose household income has reduced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Parents and carers to apply for items their children will need for the year ahead. These can include essential clothing; baby clothing, equipment or bedding; children’s bedroom furniture; essential White Goods; specialist items for children with additional needs, e.g. sensory toys, adaptive clothing or SEN adapted computers.
  • Persimmon HomesBuilding Futures: Persimmon’s Charitable Foundation has 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.
  • The 7 Stars Foundation
    • Project grants of up to £5k are available to organisations with a turnover of under £1.5M that are supporting young people aged 16 years and under to have the best start in life.
    • Long Term grants offer unrestricted grant funding awarded on a two year commitment, up to £20,000 per year, to organisations with a turnover of under £500k that are supporting young people aged 16 years and under (18 years at trustee discretion), with a focus on capacity building and enabling organisations to reach further.
    • Direct Funding grants of between £100 – £1k are available for young people aged 18 years and under to overcome or heal from abuse; addiction, support for those in transition or without a place to call home.
  • The Ironmongers’ Company wishes to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people (under 25) to fulfil their potential. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. Next deadline 15 December 2020.
  • Youth Futures Foundation: Development Grants of between £30,000–£100,000, and Impact Grants of between £100,000–£800,000 are available for organisations working with young people aged 14–24 to help them overcome barriers to find meaningful work.
  • Youth Music Network: Schools as well as other not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants to fund developmental music-making projects for children and young people in challenging circumstance as well as strategic work supporting the development of the workforce, organisations, and/or the wider sector. Grants of between £2,000 to £30,000 are currently available for high quality music-making projects.

Crime & Criminal Justice

  • Safer South Derbyshire Partnership – Safer Neighbourhood Funding: A small grants programme available to neighbourhood groups, to give local people a chance to develop projects to make their own community safer by helping to reduce crime and the fear of crime. The maximum grant one project can apply for is £2,500. Projects requesting an amount of more than £500 will require match funding.


  • Royal Society of Chemistry – Funding for Chemistry Clubs: Schools and colleges can apply for grants of up to £1,000 to run chemistry activities outside of the normal science timetable, which may be focused on generating interest in chemistry in all ability levels or which may provide opportunities to stretch and challenge the already able and motivated. Applications from existing chemistry clubs looking to expand/ enhance activities would be welcome as would those from schools and colleges interested in starting a new club. Applications can be submitted at any time.

Environment, Conservation & Nature

  • Alpkit: Grants of £50 – £500 are available to people, groups and schools that work to remove the barriers in getting outdoors and experience wild places.


  • Coalfields Food Insecurity Response Fund is a new fund to tackle food poverty. The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has joined forces with Company Shop – the UK’s largest commercial redistributor of food and household products. Projects can apply for up to £2,500 and if successful, will be granted a Company Shop membership to maximise their purchasing power. The discounts offered means for every £10 spent, a project will typically get £30 in goods (if they purchased these goods directly from the retailer). So for a £2,500 award a project could receive goods up to the value of £7,500.


  • The Teaching Staff Trust: Support for teachers, teaching assistants, nursery workers, caretakers and lunch supervisors who have worked within the education sector for at least five years. Grants can be used to help with bills, household costs, travel or other essentials.

Loans and Investment

  • Bounce Back Loan Scheme: This government scheme enables smaller businesses to access finance more quickly during the coronavirus outbreak, helping small and medium-sized businesses borrow between £2,000 and up to 25% of their turnover. The maximum loan available is £50,000. The government guarantees 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months. After 12 months the interest rate will be 2.5% a year. Deadline 4 November 2020.
  • The Access Foundation has received £30m of dormant money to help create more of the finance that charities and social enterprises need through the coronavirus crisis and the recovery. The £30m will be used to enable blended loan and grant projects, create new flexible forms of social investment and expand the range of financing tools available to the sector during the recovery.

Older People

  • Persimmon Homes’ Community Champions initiative gives away £64,000 every month in single donations up to the value of £1,000. For the foreseeable future all funding will go directly to groups supporting the over 70s.
  • The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust: Grants of £5k will be available in September to support projects that focus on the many complex issues that have arisen from the Covid-19 pandemic and address the specific needs of people aged 60 and over. Priority will be given to charities that work within BAME communities. Next round open 1 – 30 September 2020.

Places of Worship

  • National Churches Trust – Cornerstone Grants: Listed and unlisted Christian places of worship of any denomination can apply for a grant to towards the cost of urgent structural repairs. Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available to projects costed at more than £100,000 including VAT. Also considered are projects that introduce kitchens and accessible toilets to enable increased community use where the cost is more than £30,000 including VAT. All grants will represent a maximum of 50% of the project cost.

Rural Areas

  • Rural Action Derbyshire – Rural Hardship Support Fund: This fund can provide regular food parcels and assistance with some critical household expenses to people in rural areas of Derbyshire who are suffering extreme hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Particularly targeted at people associated with the farming industry including farmers and workers in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and countryside services and people living in isolated rural communities who have been adversely affected by Covid-19. Applications by referral only.

Smaller Groups/Organisations

  • The Fore’s RAFT Transition Fund: From September 2020 unrestricted grants of up to £15,000 will be available to help small charities and social enterprises plan for the longer term and gain a stronger footing in a post-coronavirus world. Opens 21 September 2020. Deadline 16 October 2020.
  • The Tesco Bags of Help – Covid-19 Communities Fund will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups as part of their emergency response in supporting local communities. For example, the fund will cover a food bank whose stocks are running low, a holiday hunger club that needs more resources to support children through the summer months and a local charity setting up a delivery service to replace its monthly lunch club or a charity needing to set up a telephone service to support beneficiaries.
  • The Foyle Foundation – Small Grants Scheme: Smaller, grass-roots and local charities currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000. Funding can be used to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services.
  • The Rank Foundation – Pebble Grants: For projects where the total cost is less than £150,000, the mainstay is capital costs (building work, refurbishment or the purchase of long-term equipment) or a one-off short-term activity (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people) and a third of the total costs have already been raised. Deadline 30 September 2020.

Sports & Physical Activity

  • England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) – Emergency Support Programmes for Cricket Clubs: Cricket clubs and leagues are able to apply to two new funding schemes specifically designed to help see them through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The two schemes are the Emergency Loan Scheme and the Return To Cricket Grant Scheme. Next deadline December 2020.
  • Lawn Tennis Association: A multi million pound package of additional funding and measures to support those involved with tennis in Britain through the impact of Covid 19 has been announced. Funding will be available for tennis venues, coaches, officials, and players to the value of approximately £20 million.
  • Localgiving and People’s Postcode lottery – Magic Little Grants: Grants of £500 for local charities that support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise. During COVID-19 they are happy to support projects that help people to stay active whilst social distancing, such as online fitness classes delivered via video conferencing software or Youtube. Deadline 31 October 2020.

Websites with further funding

  • Hundreds of sources of charity emergency funding updated each Monday: Details and links to emergency funding for charities including UK wide, UK country specific, regional, global, Government financial support, specialist funding and platforms. This list is compiled by Charity CEO Ian McLintock with help from the Clare Foundation and can be downloaded from the Charity Excellence website: