In the early months of the coronavirus crisis, many grant funders came together to create bigger than usual emergency funding streams. Although many of the initial emergency funds have now closed, some trusts and foundations are opening new resilience and recovery funds. Please check back regularly on this website for updated information about sources of funding for churches in the Diocese of London. The list below includes currently open funds and details of when applicants can expect to hear from trusts whose programmes are now closed.
Charity Excellence Framework has a free searchable database of emergency funders on their website here.
You can also click on the links below to find out more about the specific funds mentioned here:
London Community Response Fund
Wave 5 of the London Community Response Fund is open to applications from Thursday 14th January. There are two types of grant: Crisis and Recovery.
Crisis grants of up to £10k available for emergency provision eg food and essentials, as well as alleviation of loneliness/isolation. The deadline for applications is 21st January 2021. Please note parishes will not be eligible if they received Wave 4 funding
Renewal grants of up to £50k available either for core or project costs. The deadline for applications is 15th February. Full eligibility criteria will be published here: https://londoncommunityresponsefund.org.uk/ Applicants will be able to apply if they have applied in previous rounds, whether successfully or unsuccessfully, so long as they meet the criteria.
For more information and to apply for funding visit the London Community Response Fund website here.
Cultural Recovery Fund Round 2
The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing £36m of this government funding to organisations in England, in partnership with Historic England, based on criteria set by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
This second round will offer grants of between £10,000 and £3m to support organisations to make the transition towards full reopening.
The deadline for applications is 2pm on 26 January 2021.
Parishes may be eligible under these criteria:
- Organisations that manage culturally significant assets or collections.
- Faith organisations that manage listed places of worship.
For full details please visit the National Lottery Heritage Fund website here.
Allchurches Trust – Hope Beyond
The Hope Beyond grants programme aims to enable churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities, helping them and the communities they support to adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by the Coronavirus pandemic. Grants of up to £50,000 are available to churches and Christian charities, and the amount you receive will depend upon the cost of your project and the level of need in your community, ranging from 10% of project cost through to 80%. For more information and to apply please visit the Allchurches Trust website here.
Childs Charitable Trust
The Childs Charitable Trust is a grant-making trust, supporting Christian UK registered charities and organisations working both in the UK and overseas. In view of the present pandemic the trustees have put together an Emergency Funding Application. Please see details on the Emergency Funding section of the website here. There is no specific deadline for this fund and the trustees aim to meet every month to discuss any emergency requests received
The Yapp Charitable Trust
Grants towards running costs and salaries to small registered charities in England and Wales to help sustain their existing work. This is not a COVID-19 emergency fund, but grants are available to support organisational running costs for charities with a turnover under £40,000.
For churches running projects in Islington. This is a London Giving pilot so it’s worth checking the main website to see what’s available in each area.
If you are unfamiliar with applying for funding and would like support with how to complete your application, you can contact Sarah Reilly, Fundraising Manager (maternity cover) for advice. You can get in touch initially by email and can make arrangements for a telephone call for support.