Applications now open for funding for Small and Medium Charities

Application Process for Emergency Government COVID-19 Funding for Small and Medium Charities Announced

Further to Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement on 8th April of additional support worth some £750m for the sector the National Lottery Community Fund (“NLCF”) has now opened its application process for grants aimed at small and medium charities. Larger charities, which include St John’s Ambulance and the nation’s Hospices, which are to be funded to the tune of £210m via Hospice UK, will be funded directly from Government departments.

Funding Distribution

Funding of £370m will be distributed by the NLCF via the Reaching Communities Fund, for emergency COVID-19 grant funding. This fund represents around £310m in new funding from the Government and the balance is existing funding already available to the NLCF Reaching Communities Fund but has been redeployed. Organisations not looking for COVID-19 related funding have been asked not to submit funding applications at this time to ensure that NLCF can devote its resources to helping those impacted by COVID-19.

The Reaching Community Fund will now focus entirely on funding projects and organisations helping communities through the COVID-19 pandemic and the funding is expected to be distributed over the next 6 months. The fund can support specific projects/activities for people affected by the crisis and/or if your organisation is struggling financially because of the impact of COVID-19 you can also apply for funding of core costs – although your application does have to lay out exactly what costs are looking to be covered. Most grants will be between £10,000 and £100,000, but larger awards may be considered by exception.

Funding areas

NLCF are focusing and prioritising on three, quite broad, strategic areas when allocating this funding to organisations:

  • supporting people who are at high risk;
  • supporting people most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis; and
  • connecting communities and support communities to work together to respond to COVID-19.

This is rapid response funding although it is likely that NLCF may require some form of financial due diligence from applicants.

Further guidance and the application form can be found on the National Lottery Community Fund website.

The Charity Team here at Garbutt + Elliott are here to support you through this difficult time and can assist you through the funding process. If you have any queries, please do get in touch with our Charities partner Laura Masheder at