Social enterprises and COVID-19: Grants, loans and other funding

Below is a list of funding we've heard of that can help social enterprises and other social sector organisations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic – either those directly tackling its effects, or those working in unrelated fields but needing extra support to continue delivering their services. [LAST UPDATED: 27/03/20]

This page will be updated regularly – please send details of any funds to news@pioneerspost.com so we can add them to the list. 

 

For organisations worldwide

  • Open Road Alliance, a US-based fund that specialises in making short-term bridge loans to social enterprises in difficulty, is offering four loan products and grants of up to $100,000 to organisations tackling the virus.
  • Sweden’s Action Against Corona initiative is offering startups or projects from around the world that are tackling the virus up to €1m. Read more here.
  • Entrepreneur and investor Sam Altman is looking to fund startups or projects directly helping with COVID-19.
  • Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) has two emergency funds to help Latino organisations offset unexpected costs – one focused on migration, another on civic participation.
  • The GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund is aiming to raise $4m, and offering micro grants of $1,000 to nonprofits (existing users of the platform) that have been affected – apply here.
  • Netflix has set up a $100m fund to help the creative community, including “third parties and nonprofits offering emergency relief to out-of-work crew and cast in countries where Netflix has a big production base.”
  • Facebook is offering $100m in cash grants and advertising credits for up to 30,000 small businesses (in 30+ countries) that are facing disruptions due to the virus.
  • ChangeX is identifying, funding and spreading grassroots projects aimed at strengthening Ireland’s response to Covid-19. The Web Summit has pledged €1m to support these projects.
  • Aspen Tech Policy Hub is accepting applications from technologists (US citizens/residents only) for projects that will help mitigate the effects of Covid-19, with winning teams allotted up to $15,000. Deadline 30 March.
  • Bumble is offering small business owners "in a tough position due to COVID-19" up to $5,000 cash. Requests accepted until 5 April and awardees announced within 30 days from then.
  • MIT SOLVE is seeking solutions for prevention, accurate detection, and rapid response of outbreaks. Selected solutions get a $10,000 grant. Deadline 18 June.
  • The Horizons Foundation is contributing $200,000 to provide emergency grants to LGBTQ organisations in the Bay Area. 
  • Freelancing platform PeoplePerHour is offering small businesses £10m worth of credits to hire one of its 2.4 million freelancers.
  • The WeFunder accelerator is looking for startups with bright ideas to tackle any area that's affected by coronavirus, with $50,000 in immediate funding and help to raise up to $1m. Deadline 3 April.
  • The Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) has a database of grants, loans and other cash available to entrepreneurs everywhere. 

 

For UK organisations

 

UK - region-specific

  • The Mayor of London, City Bridge Trust and London Funders have announced a £2m fund for community and voluntary organisations in the capital.
  • The Community Foundation for Staffordshire is raising funding for organisations that support vulnerable people.
  • The Community Southwark Coronavirus Charity Help Fund has grants (£5,000-20,000) on offer for small community organisations and local charities, for specific coronavirus poverty relief projects.
  • Devon Community Foundation has grants for local charities that are supporting vulnerable people affected by the outbreak. Charities can apply for grants which would support them for 6-8 weeks. 
  • The Kent Community Foundation is offering grants of up to £10,000, prioritising charities and community interest companies that are supporting isolated older people.
  • The Surrey Coronavirus Response Fund is soon opening applications for funding from local charities, community groups or social enterprises in Surrey that respond to the needs of vulnerable local people
  • The Sussex Community Foundation’s £100,000 Sussex Crisis Fund is supporting local charities and community groups that are helping people affected by the virus outbreak.
  • The Two Ridings Community Foundation has grants of up to £2,000 for charities or community groups in North Yorkshire, York, East Riding of Yorkshire or Hull trying to continue their work in a difficult environment.
  • The Wiltshire and Swindon Coronavirus Response Fund will prioritise voluntary groups that support individuals most affected by the outbreak (especially isolation or loss of income).
  • The Greenham Trust has £250,000 of emergency funding for local charities and voluntary organisations supporting elderly and vulnerable people in West Berkshire and North Hampshire. It has also launched a public appeal and pledged to match up to £100,000 of this funding.

 

Other funding initiatives

 

Thanks to all those who shared the above links, including Ian McLintock of The Charity Excellence Framework – a free online toolkit that includes Coronavirus assessments, toolkits and resources and allows users to assess their charity's effectiveness and resilience in less than a day.