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


  • 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
  • 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.
  • Severn Trent Community Fund: Grants of up to £200,000 are available to support new projects by local charities and community groups in the Severn Trent region that help to make a real and tangible difference in the community through three key elements of community wellbeing: People – Projects that help people to lead a healthier life and gain new skills; Places – Projects that help to create better places to live in and use; Environment – Projects that will help look after our natural environment, give people greater access to that environment or help look after water.
  • The Comic Relief Community Fund: Grants for grassroots community organisations with an income of less than £250,000 whose work delivers on one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes: Children Survive & Thrive; Fighting for Gender Justice; A Safe Place to Be; Mental Health Matters. Funding is available to help you develop your organisation through a Capacity Building Grant (up to £1000) or to deliver projects through a Project Delivery Grant (up to £4000).
  • 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.



  • 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 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 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.

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.


  • More than a Pub: The Community Pub Business Support Programme: Want to take ownership of your local pub and run it for the benefit of the community? Need help getting it into community hands? The More than a Pub programme provides business development support to enable the community control of pubs in both rural and urban communities across England. Next deadline 28 November 2020.
  • Power to ChangeCommunity Business Renewal Fund: Provides grants of between £10,000 and £20,000 to community businesses in England affected by the Covid-19 crisis to adapt, renew and rebuild their business so they can remain financially viable. The fund is aimed at organisations delivering services in their local community to support those who have been most affected by the Covid-19 crisis. There will be three application rounds, each with an application window of just 3 hours:
    • Round Two – Tuesday 12  January 2021, 10am-1pm

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 available to help children and young people who are in crisis reach their potential by providing small but targeted and effective interventions to help remove the material barriers to education, training or wellbeing.
  • 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.
  • The 7 Stars Foundation
    • Project grants of up to £2.5k 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.
    • Shine Bright Fund grants are to provide relief; respite and happiness at a time of anxiety and worry. Grants are awarded to regional charity partners who then distribute funding on to young people, aged 16 years and under. Funding is to provide educational and art materials; toys; books; and emotional support items.
  • The DM Thomas Foundation accepts applications from registered charities (and CICs) working in the areas of education or health with one of four chosen focus groups: Children and young people with disabilities; Children and young people who are sick in hospital; Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care); Mental health of children and young people. Applications are received for quarterly deadlines. There is approximately £200,000 available to distribute each quarter. Next deadline 4 February 2021.
  • 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: Invests in music programmes for children and young people of all ages, (from babies and their families through to young adults up to the age of 25) and work that helps organisations to diversify and be more inclusive, using the power of music to support musical, personal and social development. Next deadline 4 December 2020.


  • The Near Neighbours programme offers small grants between £250 and £3,000, as seed funding for local groups and organisations who are working to bring together neighbours. Eligible groups and organisations must be working to develop relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities in order to improve their communities. Grants have offered funding to a broad range of work; environmental, social, cultural, artistic, and sporting, that furthers the programme’s aims of encouraging social interaction and social action. Deadline 11 December 2020.

Crime Prevention

  • Derbyshire’s Police & Crime Commissioner’s Vulnerability Fund: A new £485,000 fund which aims to make communities safer and people less vulnerable to becoming victims of crime. Micro-grants from £50 to £1,000 can be applied for from South Derbyshire CVS. To find out more, email Development Officer Liz Gumbley: Deadline March 2021.
  • 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.

Digital Support

  • The Fat Beehive Foundation: Grants of up to £2,500 are available to UK registered charities with an annual income of less than £1million, for building websites or digital products that enable them to carry out their work in a more efficient and effective way, resulting in positive social benefit.

Disability / Long-term illness

  • Baily Thomas Charitable Fund: Offers grants to aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disabilities.
    • General Grant Programme for appeals over £10,000. Next deadline 1 December 2020.
    • Small Grant Programme for appeals under £10,000. Ongoing deadline.
  • The Edward Gostling Foundation provides grants to charities with a gross annual income of £5M or less that support people of all ages living on low incomes who have a physical and/or mental disability or long-term illness.


  • 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.
  • 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.

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 experiencing wild places.

Financial Well-being

  • The Standard Life Foundation funds research, campaigning and policy work which has the potential to improve financial well-being at a national scale. Registered charities, voluntary organisations, think tanks, campaigning groups, research bodies and universities can apply for grants of between £10k – £200k, to support work which will: Increase incomes for those on low-to-middle incomes; Ensure people have an adequate safety net, building savings and assets; Reduce the cost of living, making sure those on lower incomes are not paying more; Address issues related to spending and borrowing, particularly where it becomes problematic. Deadline 4 February 2021.


  • Foundation Derbyshire – Derbyshire County Council Grant Support for Derbyshire food banks, community cafes and food projects.
    • Quick Access Food Grants: Grants up to £1,000 to be used for directly purchasing food, including fresh goods, toiletries and household goods.
    • Winter Foodbank Main Grants: Grants of up to £8,000 to be used for any costs which will ensure you can operate effectively over the winter period and help ease financial pressures for the remainder of 2021. This could include: rent, staff salaries, utility bills, volunteer expenses, petrol, takeaway containers, storage etc.


  • Help the Homeless Grants: Homeless charities can apply for capital grants of up to £5,000 for projects that aim to help homeless people return to the community and enable them to resume a normal life. Typically, such organisations may operate small or medium-sized residential or training facilities to assist homeless people. To be eligible to apply, the charity must have an annual turnover of under £1million and with ‘unrestricted reserves’ of under six months. Deadline 15 December 2020.
  • Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund: Grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 are available to homelessness, faith, community and voluntary sector organisations to provide single room and COVID-19 secure accommodation for people experiencing homelessness this winter. The funding cannot be used to support traditional, dormitory-style night shelter provision and will seek to produce a legacy for the future of winter homelessness support. Deadline 1pm 2 December 2020.

Loans and Investment

  • Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund: A new fund for social enterprises and charities that are improving people’s lives across the UK who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. Loans of between £100,000 – £1.5 million are available. Grants can be awarded alongside a loan if it is clear that the COVID-19 interruption to your business model means that you would struggle to meet a viability threshold for a loan without the grant. Grants range in size from £40k – £300k. Deadline 31 January 2021.

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.

People Who Experience Racism

  • Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – Rights and Justice Programme: Grants are available to support projects aimed at promoting racial justice and equality of opportunity as a basis for a harmonious multi-racial, multi-ethnic society in the UK. Deadline 30 November. For more information visit:

Places of Worship

  • Allchurches Trust – Hope Beyond: Grants of up to £50,000 are available for churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities, helping them and the communities they support to adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • 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. Next deadline 1 March 2021.

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

  • Allen Lane Foundation: Grants of up to £15,000 are available to small registered charities, voluntary groups and charitable organisations in the UK that work with seven particular beneficiary groups: Asylum seekers and refugees; Gypsies and Travellers; Migrant communities; Offenders and ex-offenders; Older people; People experiencing mental health problems; People experiencing violence or abuse. The Foundation also has a new programme of work focussing on Social Cohesion. Next deadline 30 November.
  • 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. Next deadline 30 November 2020.

Sports & Physical Activity

  • Derbyshire County Council has extended its Youth Action Grants programme, making an extra £221,000 available. The grants are aimed at projects for children and young people aged 0 to 19 years and up to 25 years if they have a disability. Eligible organisations include voluntary and community groups, social enterprises and parish councils providing services in Derbyshire. Applications must support the wellbeing priorities in the DCC Council Plan. Applications should be made ASAP and DCC have committed to responding to all applications within 6 weeks. Deadline – the programme will run until all money has been allocated.
  • England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) – Emergency Support Programmes for Cricket Clubs: Cricket clubs and leagues are able to apply to 3 new funding schemes specifically designed to help see them through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 3 schemes are the Emergency Loan Scheme, Return To Cricket Grant Scheme and the League Emergency Loan Scheme. Next deadline 15 January 2021.
  • 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.

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: