Community and charity support

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity and community sectors

Opening community halls and places of worship after lockdown


Government advice

The government has provided key guidance for those in the charity sector: Government advice for the Charity Sector

Information provided, and subsequent ongoing updates, including:

  • How do I get support to pay my charity staff?
  • Can I use reserves and restricted funds to help my charity through the crisis?
  • What do I need to report to the Charity Commission?

Further, local support can be provided by Lancaster CVS:


Available funds and grants

Funds and grants for third sector charities and community groups are listed below. Please also contacts Lancaster District CVS for further support and advice.

  • CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund. This Fund is to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. 
  • The Urgent Response Fund - Coronavirus. This is a small grants fund for charities and community groups in need of resources to effectively deliver projects / activities to support the basic health and wellbeing needs of vulnerable members of the community in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Community Emergency Funding - Sport England. This new fund aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are
  • experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing
  • coronavirus crisis.
  • Tesco Bags of Help. If your application is successful the 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.
  • Lancashire Community Foundation. An emergency fund for community organisations to apply for support with helping the most vulnerable.
  • National Lottery Awards for All England (New COVID-19 restriction). A quick way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300 and £10,000. Suitable for voluntary or community organisations. This is restricted to: Activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis. Helping organisations overcome any liquidity issues caused by COVID-19.
  • Youth Futures Development Grant and Impact Grant. A simple to access, rolling grants programme, enabling you to focus on the vital work of supporting some of the most vulnerable young people in our communities now and in the future.
  • Magic Little Grants 2020. Small one-off grants are available to small local charities and community groups for community projects in Great Britain that support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of improving their physical health. (max.£500). Application deadline: 31/10/2020
  • The Yapp Charitable Trust Grants. Grants are available for running costs and salaries to small registered charities in England and Wales to help sustain their existing work. Small charities tackling the impact of Covid-19 can apply for our funding towards their ongoing core costs.