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This is not a complete list of grants available to community projects related to or due to Coronavirus, but may give you a few ideas. 

As well as these more specific Coronavirus related grants, please see the other more general grants opportunities listed on our website

For support with applying for grants, contact Westbank, who are currently providing this help in East Devon.

East Devon District Council grants

Crowdfund East Devon

East Devon District Council has extra funding available through Crowdfund Devon. This funding has been available since February 2019, but Coronavirus projects are welcome to apply where they fit in with the criteria.

You would need to run a crowdfunding campaign, which takes a bit of time to set up and run. Crowdfunding has really taken off with the Coronavirus situation with a wealth of projects both national and very local being crowdfunded and being successful, where they've been well promoted. Devon County Council and Devon and Cornwall Police also have money available through Crowdfund Devon. Crowdfunder offers a lot of resources to help you get started.

Coronavirus Community Food Fund

We have grants of up to £2,500 available for community projects related to providing food to residents of East Devon who are in food poverty during Coronavirus through our Coronavirus Community Food Fund


Other local funding

Locality Budgets

Each Devon County Councillor has £10,000 available every year, which they give out in grants to worthy community projects

Devon Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund

Devon Community Foundation has set up the Devon Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund for local charitable groups that are supporting the most vulnerable people affected by the outbreak of coronavirus. This is a rapidly changing situation, and as a result, the focus of the fund will continue to evolve in line with the support required. The fund will currently support:

  • Groups that support the ongoing needs of vulnerable people to ensure that their health and wellbeing is maintained
  • Groups and activities that support vulnerable people self-isolating (the elderly, people with pre-existing medical conditions etc)
  • Support for foodbanks and organisations working to combat hardship caused by the pandemic including child hunger
  • Community response coordination
  • Volunteer costs for new and existing organisations responding to the effect of the pandemic.
  • Additional costs of working remotely and adapting services delivered in the wider community
  • Additional support as required for emotional support, mental health and bereavement support

Devon Funding News

Sign up to Devon Funding News, which is produced by Devon County Council. It may have information on useful grants in the coming weeks and months.


National funders

Tesco Bags of Help 

Grants of up to £1,000 for projects focused on children and young people. Examples of projects they might support:

  • Mental health support for children and young people – Coronavirus has had an impact on the health and well being of children, particularly mental health.
  • Outdoor activities – sport & green space provision for children & young people including use of green spaces support well being through physical activities.
  • Young carers– support for young carers as a result of current and continued isolation.
  • Bereavement counselling – offering support to children that have lost family members and support networks due to Coronavirus.
  • Child poverty – to support organisations that offer family support that are further impacted by Coronavirus, which could include food/educational packs, free activities.
  • Vulnerable at risk children – the pandemic has impacted vulnerable children with challenging home & family circumstances.

John Lewis and Waitrose

They've launched a £1m Community Support Fund to be distributed by Waitrose shops to local communities, and a support fund to aid staff facing additional costs as a result of the pandemic. Contact your local Waitrose to discuss.

Big Society Capital

Support, adjustments to existing funding and a new £25 million Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund to provide social enterprises and charities with emergency loans with no fees or interest for 12 months. The fund closes to applications at 5pm on 20 November 2020. 

The Armed Forces Covenant Trust

They have a package of programmes to support the Armed Forces Community with  funding from the Covenant Fund and from HM Treasury ; with special attention on those who have faced hardships as a result of the pandemic; on projects to help isolated people reconnect with wider communities; projects that support improved mental health and encouraging stronger links between Armed Forces Charities.

Find out more on their website.

Edward Gosling Foundation

The Edward Gosling Foundation are accepting applications from smaller charities providing front line community services to vulnerable people. Their 'Vision' is that people living with a physical and/or mental disability or a long-term illness should have, as many as possible, of the same choices, quality of life opportunities and aspirations as others more fortunate than themselves. 

The February Foundation

The February Foundation is a provider of capital and core costs, particularly for small or minority charities where a small grant will make a big difference. It is  is continuing to operate as normal. It's average grant is £5,000.

NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund

Donations from the NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund are limited to a maximum of £1,000. Ideally they like to fund something specific so we can measure the difference our donation has made – whether it’s purchasing an item of equipment or furniture, or something else that will help people over a long period of time.

They are most likely to approve funding request which meet one or more of our four areas of interest: 

  • Connecting the community; reducing social isolation, providing opportunities, and encouraging resilience
  • Providing care and support to vulnerable members of our community
  • Relieving poverty; improving the health and wellbeing of our communities
  • Advancing education and experiences for young people


The Persimmon Community Champions have funding of up to £1,000 available to groups or organisations that work with people aged over 70.

Yapp Charitable Trust

The Yapp Charitable Trust, although they aren't providing any emergency Covid funding, offer grants to registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000, to help pay running costs. They will not fund work that does not focus specifically on one of their priority groups. Grants are normally for a maximum of £3,000 per year and we will fund for up to three years.


Lottery Funding

National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund is working to prioritise funding for groups supporting people and communities facing challenges as a direct result of COVID-19.

The Heritage Fund

The Heritage Fund has support available for people and organisations working across the heritage sector.

The Arts Council

The Arts Council's Covid-19 Support has been set this up to ensure the people and organisations that make up the arts, culture, museums and libraries communities are supported during the Coronavirus crisis. A variety of grants, loans and help are available.

Sport England

Sport England have grants available for sporting organisation, groups and clubs. 


Our own webpages

Our normal grants and funding information pages may have useful funding opportunities, even though not directly related to Coronavirus projects.