Covid - 19 Funding Updates

Information about funding raised in the wake of the global Covid - 19 pandemic.


Northumbria Police and Crime Commission Coronavirus Response Fund

The Commissioner has decided to bring forward the annual £200,000 community fund as a new project designed to help local charities and community groups to continue their vital work.

With immediate effect (announced March 30th), applications are open for grants of up to £5,000 to help sustain the delivery of crucial community projects that have been impacted by the current global health crisis.

Groups can apply for capital or resource funding for projects that continue to

  • support victims

  • improve people’s lives to prevent crime - support access to services for those in need of safeguarding or reduce reoffending

  • build community confidence.

Applications are welcomed from a variety of organisations including those helping people at risk of domestic abuse and organisations helping young people experiencing abuse, neglect or the impacts of poverty now the stability and support of schools has been taken away.

Groups can apply now and decisions will be made by 24th April.

National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal


The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has launched a fundraising appeal to help those most affected by the coronavirus emergency. The appeal will raise funds for local charities and grassroots organisations that can provide vital support to people in the quickest way possible.

The British Red Cross will transfer funds to the NET, who will work with community foundations to ensure the money reaches local charities which will be able to help people most.

Individuals and charities should not apply directly to the NET for funds but should contact their local community foundation ( Check the websites for updates).

County Durham Community Foundation (for County Durham, Darlington & Tees Valley)

Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland


Emergency Funding: Arts Council

The Arts Council is making £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis. It has changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of funding.

The Council has re-purposed all investment strands to be able to offer this support. These emergency funding streams will be open to applications very soon and includes

  • Funding for National Portfolio Organisations  - £90m

  • Funding for organisations outside of the National Portfolio - £50m

  • Funding for individuals - £20m

Youth Futures Foundation: Updates

Grants programme: The Foundation’s rolling grants programme is now live.  The new fund will be distributed to organisations across England that have a promising track record of supporting young people (aged 14-24) who face barriers to accessing employment. It will fund delivery work and related overhead costs for specific programmes, entire organisations, partnerships or consortiums. The aim is to fund in the most helpful and flexible way possible for grant recipients. In addition, the Foundation will provide capacity building support to help organisations strengthen and grow their work.

There are two types of grant available:

  • Development Grants: £30,000 – £100,000 per annum over 1-2 years for delivery and development, supporting over 50 young people per year.

  • Impact Grants: circa £100,000 – £800,000 per annum over 1-5 years for delivery and an independent evaluation, supporting over 150 young people per year.

Response: The Foundation is also doing the following:

  • Calling for government to unlock an emergency support package for charities and social enterprises working with children and young people.

  • Working in partnership with other funders to develop a nationwide emergency funding response for the youth, community and employment sector. If you are seeking urgent funding to sustain your organisation over the next 3-6 months, this may be more appropriate for you than the rolling grants programme

John Lewis and Waitrose Funding

The partnership has launched a £1m community support fund. Local Waitrose stores will have these funds to support their local area based on the needs of the community.