Coronavirus Emergency Funding

Aviva Community Fund
Aviva have reopened their Community Fund to include applications for projects that enable causes to adapt or continue their vital services by covering core running costs, so they can help their beneficiaries and communities during the current pandemic. Applications are open until 28th July.

Coronavirus Fund (Derbyshire)
The fund has been established to support community groups and organisations working to tackle the impact of the Coronavirus in Derbyshire. The initial focus of the fund will be to provide emergency grants of up to £1,000 to Food banks (that may be experiencing a fall in food donations and/or increases in demand) and befriending services, who will play a key role in helping those in self-isolation.

Facebook Small Business Grants Programme
They are offering $100m in cash grants and ad credits to help small businesses during this challenging time. Applications will be open in the coming weeks, sign up to their updates to know when. 

Forever Manchester Community Support Fund
The Community Support Fund will accept applications from community groups based in any of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. They want to fund organisations who are supporting their communities however they can. Local groups understand how they can best help their communities at this time, so they don’t want to limit the type of request you can make, you just need to let them know what you want to do and how it supports your community.

London Funders Emergency Fund
A new fund coordinated by London Funders has been set up to support London’s civil society groups affected by COVID19-19.The fund is expected to grow as more funders come on board. Applications for civil society groups are expected to open imminently.

National Emergencies Trust COVID-19 Grant
National Emergencies Trust have launched a Coronavirus Appeal to support grassroots charities and groups who’ll be supporting some of society’s the most vulnerable people throughout the outbreak. If you are an organisation looking for funding please find your local community foundation through the link provided in the title. 

Salesforce Small Business Grants
Salesforce is partnering with Enterprise Nation to offer eligible small businesses the opportunity to receive a £5,000 grant to help them through the COVID-19 outbreak. To split up the application process they have different deadline dates for different regions. Application periods: Scotland 29 June 2020 - 5 July 2020, Wales 13 July 2020 - 19 July 2020 and North of England 27 July 2020 - 2 August 2020. 

The National Lottery Community Fund
This is distributing £200m, including to small social enterprises supporting people and communities affected by COVID-19. This fund will also help organisations overcome any acute financial difficulties they’re facing because of the pandemic. The fund will priortise organisations supporting communities who experience disproportionate challenge and difficultly as a result of COVID-19, organisations providing services to vulnerable people and organisations which connect communities to work together to respond to COVID-19. 

Vital for Berkshire Coronavirus Funding
The Vital for Berkshire Coronavirus Fund provides grants of up to £5,000 to charities, community groups and other not for profit organisations who are either affected by or are supporting people affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Funding will be available to help organisations respond better and will help meet needs arising as a result of the crisis. 

UK Power Networks: Power Partners Fund
This round of funding has been repurposed to support organisations who have found new ways to help people facing guel poverty during the lockdown, especially given the current travel restrictions. It is a £300,000 per year grant scheme offering significant support for up to 40 organisations to combat fuel poverty, improve energy efficiency and support people in vulnerable circumstances.

Grant Funding

Spring Impact's Scale Accelerator
This scheme is now accepting applications from UK based charities and social enterprises that have been operating for more than two years that are now looking to scale their impact. On offer is £30,000 of consultancy and and joining a small group of other organisations on a similar journeyApply by 12th August.

MCS Charitable Foundation
The foundation is open to funding a range of projects that accelerate the adoption of renewable energy and low carbon technologies. You can apply for seed funding, research, sharing good practise and project delivery. The next two round's deadlines are: Monday 27 July, 9am and Monday 19 October, 9am.

Aviva Community Fund   
Aviva is offering grants to organisations that are working on projects that will increase community resilience and build communities through fresh thinking. They make decisions every three months.

Community Shares Booster Scheme 
Community Businesses can access up to £10,000 to help launch community share offers, and up to £100,00 match funding when the share offer goes live. 

Community Renewable Energy Funding
The Naturesave Trust provides start-up 'seed corn' grants for community renewable energy projects. They are keen to help communities, in particular, that do not have the initial start-up capital to undertake all the preliminary work. The projects considered must be from community groups and companies who seek funding for specific renewable energy projects. 

There are no deadlines for applications and no limits on the number of applications you can make. The Trustees aim to make a decision on applications within six to eights weeks of receipt of a completed application form.

Energy Redress Scheme
Energy Saving Trust has been appointed by Ofgem to distribute payments from energy companies who may have breached rules. The Redress Scheme funding is available to support a wide range of activities, from engaging vulnerable customers to installation if energy saving or renewable energy measures. The amount of funding available through the scheme varies throughout the year and will be reviewed on a quarterly basis in October, January, April and July.

Foundation for Integrated Transport
FIT provides grants for projects that tackle climate change emissions from transport. They welcome informal approaches from organisations who meet their core objectives. They make decisions on grants quarterly throughout the year. 

OLEV Grant Schemes for Electrical Vehicles
The government offers a range of grant schemes to support the wider use of electric and hybrid vehicles via the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

Rural Community Energy Fund
The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) is a £10 million programme which supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects, which provide economic and social benefits to the community. RCEF provides support to rural communities in two stages and is being run by five regional Local Energy Hubs. If you would like to register your interest for the scheme, or would like further information, please contact the relevant hub for your area. You can find your local energy hub through this link

Location-based grant funding

Cadent Foundation
This foundation funds, reserch and innovation projects. It also funds projects that; allieviate suffering of people in vulnerable situations; protect and preserve the environment and; provide a better and healthier community to live in and use. It covers the geographical area of North West England, East England, West Midlands and North London. They make decisions on a rolling basis. 

Calor Rural Community Fund
Communities Fund to £85,000, which it will divide into 22 prizes. The aim of the fund is to offer rural communities that aren't connected to the mains gas grid the chance to gain funding for incredible projects that will improve local life. Projects must be connected with a community organisation or charity in England, Wales or Scotland and not for profit.

Blackstone Edge Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund
Local areas located within a 5km boundary of the wind farm at Blackstone Edge, West Barnsley can apply for a grant for projects focusing on environmental protection, energy conservation, sustainable transport and promotion of civic responsibility/community development. 

Energy Efficiency Grants for SMEs in East Sussex
Grants of up to £1,000 to cover 40% of the cost of an energy efficiency project, such as LED lighting, insulation or heating controls. Small and medium-sized businesses, social enterprises and charities in East Sussex (excluding Brighton & Hove) can apply. 

Green BELLE Project
Grants of £1,000 to £10,000 are available to small and medium-sized enterprises looking to cut CO2 emissions and reduce their energy bills in Leicestershire. Please note that they have allocated all of their funding and so are no longer accepting grant applications but they do offer a place on the waiting list.

Council Climate Funds

Camden Climate FundThe Camden Climate Fund can provide up to 50% of costs to reduce the carbon used in our homes, businesses and community spaces. Advice is to apply ASAP. 

Islington Council Community Energy Fund (ICEF) – All applications on hold at present. Next round likely in autumn 2020

Grant Funding Organisations

Big Lottery Fund
Funding pots for community groups. 

Charities Aid Foundation
CAF offers a variety of banking, investment and loans solutions as well as grants for a variety of causes. 

Community Foundations
Community foundations manage funds from individuals, businesses and other donors who want to support causes in their local area.

Ebico Trust
Grants to fund support, education and research into fuel poverty of energy efficiency improvements to local housing stock. 

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation 
Finance for community energy (grants and social impact loans). 

Friends Provident Foundation
Grants for projects that address the issues of economic resilience and systems change in different ways. 

Greggs Foundation
Grants for projects aiming to make a difference to a local area with clear consideration given to the environmental and social impact of the project. Further details on the Local Community Projects Fund here and Environmental grants here.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Grants for projects working to tackle climate change, poverty and rebalancing local economies, resources and resilience. 

Naturesave Trust
Grants to fund community renewable energy and social enterprise projects. 

Power to Change
Grants to help new and existing community businesses grow and become more sustainable. The Community Business Fund awards grants between £50k and £300k to established community businesses that need funding for a business development project to make their organisation more financially sustainable. So far they have funded energy efficiency measures for community buildings owned by the applicant organisation with the aim of improving financial viability. 

Sainsburys Family Charitable TrustGrants to fund registered charities or activities with clearly defined charitable purposes. For further details please see here.

Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC)
Simple and flexible financing for charities and social enterprises.

Financing Organisations

Charity Bank
Loans to charities, community groups and social enterprises (£50k - £2.5m) for capital projects.

Coop Financing
Finance for community groups. Loans from £10k - £75k available, but can increase to £150k. 

Capital revolving loan fund for RE projects (100kW - 5MW) (set up and overseen by BIS). Loans available for development costs (feasibility), bridging loans (planning stage to construction) and short term loans to cover construction. 

Ethex has a track record of successfully raising more than £70m for over 70 enterprises from a committed network of more than 15,000 people who want to use their money to create impact. Over £50m of the funding raised has been for community energy projects. 

Pure Leapfrog
Finance and support for community energy.

  • Community Energy Fund: draws on a credit facility from Big Society Capital (social impact fund), which can be augmented through donations.
  • Bridge Finance: £30 million revolving loan facility from BSC to support large scale community energy projects.

Thrive Renewables Community Bridge Financial Model
Thrive Renewables will finance community energy organisations to help them acquire renewable energy technology. They have already supported communities with a £12 million investment into wind and solar projects across the UK. They can structure their investment as pure acquisition, joint ventures or mezzanine loans also. 

Triodos Community Renewables Underwriting Facility (T-CRUF)
Triodos Bank UK has launched a unique new patient capital product aimed at helping community organisations to acquire, build and own renewable energy assets for the benefit of their local communities. As many as 10 community groups could benefit from accessing T-CRUF over the next two years. The facility is available when a community energy group uses the Triodos Bank crowdfunding platform to raise capital through a community bond issue.

Crowd Funding:

Crowd Funder