Covid-19: Third Sector & Education Support

Useful information, resources and ideas for schools, colleges, community groups and charities during the coronavirus pandemic.

Last updated: September 16th, 2020

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Foyle Foundation Grants Schemes
Small Grants Scheme awards grants of up to £10,000 to smaller charities in the UK working at a grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Main Grants Scheme awards £10-50,000 to charities with the core remits of arts or learning.

Independent Age Grants fund
£5,000-15,000 grants for organisations grants to help smaller organisations across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the virus.

Comic Relief: change Makers
Grants of between £150,000 to £600,000 over three to five years to organisations that can make change and a significant contribution to their sector. Comic Relief have a particular interest in working with and for those who are hardest hit and systematically excluded in society: BAME communities, the LGBTQ+ community, women, those living with disabilities. Deadline Sept 25th.

The Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust
Supporting projects that focus on the many complex issues that have arisen from the Covid 19 pandemic that address the specific needs of people aged 60 and over. Priority will be given to charities that work within BAME communities. Deadline: Sept 30th.

Rosa: Covid-19 Support Fund
Awards grants of up to £10,000 (for a period of up to six months) for specialist women’s organisations across the UK. Rolling deadline.

Infrastructure Fund
Applications open for Infrastructure Organisations to support BAME-led charities and groups to access National Emergencies Trust (NET) funds. Applications considered weekly.

Alpkit Foundation
Small grants for projects that are a community response to Covid 19 such as food access, health, well-being and recovery issues. Rolling deadline.

Youth Futures Foundation
Rolling grants programme designed to find, fund, support and evaluate promising practice. Funding will go to organisations working with young people aged 14-24 to help overcome barriers to finding meaningful work.

National Lottery Reaching Communities (COVID-19)
Focusing on funding projects and organisations helping communities through the COVID-19 pandemic and support with running costs for organisations that have been financially impacted. Currently paused.

Childs Charitable Trust
Emergency Funding Application for charities affected by the pandemic.

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund
A new fund for social enterprises and charities who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19.

BBC Children In Need Emergency Essentials Programme
Programme that supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances.

COVID-19 Emergency Surplus Food Grant
Grant to assist not-for-profit surplus food redistributors in overcoming challenges that they are currently facing in obtaining surplus food to distribute to people in need or those considered vulnerable.

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund
This fund will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. The programme is set up to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects.

Public Engagement Spark Awards
Proposed engagement programmes must clearly focus around the remit of the STFC science programme (astronomy, solar and planetary science, particle physics, particle astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics and accelerator science). Wide organisational eligibility. OPENS Sept 9th.

Asda Foundation Getting Schools Back On Track
New grant to help families who may be struggling financially and need extra support. Schools may apply to purchase items on behalf of children or provide additional services. This fund is not for individual students.

Biochemical Society Scientific Outreach Grants
Grants of up to £1,000 to assist with the direct costs involved with scientific outreach activities that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience to young people and the community. Deadline: Sept 24th.

Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Grants
Provides financial support to members, individuals and organisations in order to enable them to run chemistry-based public and schools engagement activities. Small grants up to £5,000 – Deadlines Sept 14th, Oct 12th, Nov 16th.

Royal Society of Chemistry Enhanced Equipment Grants
These funds are awarded against bids for equipment that cannot be purchased through a school’s mainstream teaching budget and which would enrich the learning experience of students in either primary (science) or secondary (chemistry) studies.

Universal Music UK Sound Foundation Musical Instrument / Equipment Grants
Support for schools and individuals to buy musical instruments and equipment. Teacher’s Award for funding to undertake music courses and training.

The Newby Trust
The Newby Trust funds local, regional or national charities registered and operating in the UK within the broad categories of Education, Health or Social Welfare. Rolling deadline.

The Ironmongers’ Company STEM Grants
The Ironmongers’ Foundation wishes to support initiatives that encourage young people to study science subjects at school and go on to pursue STEM-related further education or vocational training, particularly in the area of Materials Science. Deadline Dec 1st.

Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation
Awards grants to registered charities and seeks to support long-term strategies for dealing with youth education and employability. The Foundation will fund specific project or ongoing costs including staff salaries and overheads. For more information and how to apply please contact

Institute of Physics School Grants Scheme
Grants of up to £600 for projects, events and activities that promote a greater interest in physics and engineering in young people. Deadline Nov 1st.

Salix Energy Efficiency Fund
Working to reduce energy usage; Salix Energy Efficiency Funding is available for all individual academies, academy sixth forms, free schools and those in Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs). Opens in September.

Rural community Energy Fund
Funding to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits to their communities, and also make money by selling it back to the grid. Schools, Parish Councils and other community based organisations may apply.

Youth Music Fund A
Grants of £2,000 to £30,000 are available and the fund is designed to support music-making and music-making related activities for children and young people (aged 0-25) facing barriers. Rolling deadlines. Next deadline Dec 4th.

Youth Music Fund B
Grants of £30,001-£200,000 to support music-making related activities for children and young people (aged 0-25) facing barriers and/or workforce and organisational development to create a music offer that’s more inclusive for all children and young people. Rolling deadlines. Next deadline Oct 2nd.

Youth Futures Foundation
Rolling grants programme designed to find, fund, support and evaluate promising practice. Funding will go to organisations working with young people aged 14-24 to help overcome barriers to finding meaningful work.

DWF Foundation
Grants under £5000 for registered charities focusing on health and wellbeing, homelessness, employability and education and enabling young people to develop skills for the benefit of the community. Rolling deadline (3 per year).

Masonic Charitable Foundation Later Life Grants
Small grants for charities working to reduce loneliness and isolation in later life (would fund digital inclusion projects). Several rounds and deadlines throughout the year.

Alpkit Foundation
Small grants (£50-500) to help with costs for projects that help people to get outdoors, environmental projects and diversity and inclusion activities. Rolling deadline.

Edward Gostling Foundation
Grants to UK registered charities with the aim of enhancing the quality of life of people in need and, particularly, those on a low income who have a physical and/or mental disability or long-term illness. Rolling deadline (6 per year).

The Allen Lane Foundation Social Cohesion Programme
Supports community-led grassroot groups or organisations at a very local level where there are issues which identify marginalised groups of people who are excluded. Project applications should propose ways to make communities more inclusive for the betterment of all. Rolling Deadline.

More Than a Pub
Community groups who are considering taking ownership of their local pub to open with expanded community services can apply for grants, loans and business support.

ASDA Foundation Local Impact Funding
The Local Impact Fund is to support those smaller local initiatives to help you support your community. Applications are open all year round.

Tesco Bags of Help Community Grants
Grants of up to £2000. Continuous rolling programme.

See our page on Creative & Cultural Industries for other arts-specific funding updates


Cotswold Co. Working From Home Guide

A guide to creating a healthy and productive workspace at home.

Finty Managing Money Pressures Guide

Money and mental health – practical financial skills to manage money.

The Charity Excellence Framework

A free, online toolkit to increase impact and funding.

The Event Safety Alliance Re-opening Guide

A collective work by event industry professionals to help our peers who are planning to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.

Covid Tech Support

Free tech support for non-profits and communities tackling COVID-19.


Connecting people on furlough with volunteer opportunities. Register as a volunteer or as a charity / good cause.

Coronavirus Tech Handbook

A crowd-sourced set of tech, tools and data relating to the coronavirus pandemic from Newspeak House.

Covid-19 Network Resources

Comprehensive suite of digital inclusion resources and information to support people through self isolation.

Fundraising During a Pandemic (Greater Brighton/London Borough of Merton).

Expert fundraisers and funders explore grant, private and corporate funding for arts and charities during the Covid-19 crisis. View our webinar in full.

Fundraising During a Pandemic (Essex 2020).

always possible brought together several prominent fundraising experts who shared honest knowledge, wisdom and tips for organisations and individuals needing to rethink their approach to public and private investment in creative projects. View the webinar in full.

Radical Collaboration and Pooling Resources

Blog and webinar for creative industries in Greater Brighton.

Covid-19 Mutual Aid Groups

A database of all the 3083 Covid-19 community Mutual Aid groups in the UK.



Distance Education with Canva
Free creative learning tool and templates to support remote learning delivery, but also useful ideas for engaging in-class content.

Interactive Student Apprenticeship Guide
This interactive guide from Amazing Apprenticeships is designed for students in years 12 and 13 and includes 10 hours of self-directed learning activities, perfect for distance learning or classroom-based development.

Covid-19 Advice for School Staff
Excellent set of resources from Unison, including risk assessment checklist.

Mental Health Foundation returning to school advice and support
Guides that aim to outline the scale of the challenge that schools and pupils are facing and provide practical advice, activities and support.

Virtual Mental Health and Wellbeing Panel – children, parents, schools
Webinar held during lockdown from Adele Bates Education.

See the ‘Funding’ tabs for funding available for schools projects.