Covid-19: Social impact funding you might miss – 17 June update

The list of Covid-19 emergency funding is growing each day – it's a challenge to navigate and easy to miss out.

So in this regular update, we are searching through to highlight our top pick of emergency grants, loans and other funding sources where deadlines are approaching or which we think you might not have noticed. The list below is divided into international and UK funds.

Send any announcements to us at by Wednesday at midday for inclusion in the next update.

For organisations worldwide

DFID: COVIDaction Resilient Health Systems Call (Global)

Deadline: 18 June

For replicable data and technology healthcare innovations that respond to demand in Africa and/or South Asia, and that are ready to be deployed. Grant funding of up to £200,000 plus in-kind support (expertise and matchmaking with donors, investors and innovators).


Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition fund (Caribbean)

Deadline: 5 July

Funding of up to $3,400 for social media advocacy campaigns and information on the impact of Covid-19 on informal workers, migrants, and other underserved communities throughout the Caribbean who are struggling with the fallout from Covid-19. Community-based organisations based in the Caribbean are eligible to apply.  


Ecover: Fertilise the Future (Europe)

Deadline: 1 September

A £500,000 fund from the Belgian cleaning firm, open to all European organisations with innovative ideas promoting ‘nature-based solutions’: conservation, biodiversity, sustainable agriculture and food systems etc. Aimed at organisations with proof of concept and looking to scale up. Not specific to Covid-19.


BIOPAMA Action Competent: Rapid response grant 2020 (African, Caribbean and Pacific group of states)

Deadline: open-ended until 31 December

Rapid Response Grants of up to €50,000 for efforts to increase resilience of protected areas and community livelihoods affected by Covid-19. Activities must take place in one of the eligible ACP countries and can last up to 12 months. 


Urgent Action Fund (UAF): Collective care and healing (Africa)

Deadline: Ongoing

Grants of up to $8,000 to support resilience and wellbeing of African women’s human rights defenders to plan/implement “collective care and healing practices” in areas including mental health, wellness, research and Covid-19 care and awareness. Priority given to projects that focus on women and gender non-conforming communities that face exclusion, violence, and marginalisation.


For UK organisations

Sport England: Innovation Open Call (England)

Deadline: 24 June

Grants of up to £50,000 and in-kind support (expertise, research and networks) for innovative projects that help women, people on low incomes, BAME communities, disabled people or those living with long-term health conditions to be active during Covid-19. For existing projects (not new ones) and a preference for organisations or individuals that haven’t worked with Sport England before.


Historic England: Covid-19 Emergency Heritage at Risk Response Fund (England)

Deadline: 28 June

Grants to help fund urgent maintenance, repairs and surveys at some of England’s locally-cherished historic buildings and sites. Eligible to apply are owners, leaseholders and charitable bodies and trustees responsible for the maintenance and repair of listed buildings or monuments open to the public.


Social and Community Capital: Coronavirus Response Fund 

Deadline: 29 June

A £1m fund announced this week, offering £5,000-£50,000 grants to social enterprises across the UK that employ people from vulnerable or disadvantaged groups. Organisations must have an annual turnover between £50,000 and £1m and generate at least 30% of revenue from trading. Applications open 22 June.


BBC Children in Need: Covid-19 Next Steps Grant 

Deadline: 1 July

Grants of up to £80,000 to support vulnerable children and young people affected by Covid-19. Organisations with a track record of engaging the target audience, among other things, will be prioritised for funding. Projects can last up to 18 months and must start by 30 September; decisions within 10 weeks of the application submission.


The Edge Foundation: Post Covid-19 Revival Fund 

Deadline: 9 July

Grants of £10,000-£50,000 for education institutions and nonprofits to revive educational development projects and support the revival of the sector. Projects must address at least one of the Covid-19 challenges as set out by Edge. 


Department for Communities (Northern Ireland)

Deadline: 10 July

A £15.5m fund delivered by the National Lottery Community Fund to provide grant awards to meet unavoidable costs for charities that have exhausted all other avenues of support and are facing imminent closure. Social enterprises can apply as long as they are a local charity and meet the eligibility criteria.


MHCLG: Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation - COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund (England)

Deadline: 20 July, or until funds run out

A remaining £1.85m from the original domestic abuse safe accommodation fund is available for charities ensuring safe accommodation services can continue operating and helping more victims access these services. Applications are rolling with funding on a first come, first served basis. 


The 7Stars Foundation: Charity support fund

Deadline: Not specified; fund launching in July

Charities with annual turnover of less than £1.5m and working with young people vulnerable to abuse, addiction, homelessness, and supporting young child carers are eligible for unrestricted grant funding of up to £2,500.


More upcoming deadlines you may have missed


Where else to look for emergency funding

You can find our full list of funds announced previously here

For more details of funding available for social enterprises, charities and community groups worldwide, check out the databases compiled by the Charity Excellence Framework; and at, from the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University. 

Send any announcements to us at for inclusion in the next update.


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