Funding Opportunities

Most of the current listed opportunities summarised are emergency funds for support directly related to the Covid-19 Health crisis. However, there are also some funds continuing to provide their standard funding streams. 

Norfolk County Council would like to ensure that as many Norfolk organisations as possible are able to access the funding opportunities and the application support they need. If your organisation is interested in submitting an application to any of the opportunities listed, if you have any queries, would like to be added to the distribution list,  need further information and/or application support please email

Mental Health Response Fund

To help VCS organisations based in England continue to provide mental health services – or provide additional support – organisations can apply for a Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF) grant. Thanks to £5m support from government (the Department of Health and Social Care), grants of £20,000 or £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to 12 months.

Further information and guidance is available here:


Mental Health Response Fund (part two- for smaller VCSEs)

Grants of up to £1000 will be available to support community action, peer support, mutual aid and other activities that will make a direct difference to the lives of people living with mental ill-health, trauma and distress during this Covid-19 period. 

The NSUN grant is for organisations or collectives or groups which may or may not be constituted (but are not set up as a charity or a community interest company (CIC), for example) or who otherwise are not eligible for the main Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund


1.25 Billion for Innovative and Research Intensive Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

New government funding   has been announced for companies that innovate, and are not eligible for the current business support measures previously introduced. The £500m Future Fund, for high growth companies and further support from Innovate UK

The Future Fund is not yet open- it will open in May 2020. For more information here is the link:

For more information on Innovate UK the link is here:


Care Workers individual grants

The Care Workers Charity has set up a Covid-19 emergency Grant programme for currently employed care workers who must take time off work due to Covid-19 for either illness or self-isolation or for funeral costs. Applicants must work in  role that is involved in or supports the provision of adult, elderly or disability care.


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme now open

all UK employers can now access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salaries for those that would otherwise have been laid off during the coronavirus crisis. All UK businesses and employers with a PAYE scheme that was created and started on or before 19 March 2020, small or large, will be eligible for the scheme. This includes employers across the private and public sector and charities and non-profit organisations.

Applications are now open. Details of what applicants need to make a claim are available at


Authors Emergency Fund

  • Emergency grant fund for professional authors in the UK, including writers, illustrators, literary translators, scriptwriters, poets, journalists and others, for whom author-related activities make up a substantial amount of their annual income.
  • Grants are likely to be up to £2,000 and designed to meet urgent need.
  • More information here.

Big Society Capital provides information on Resilience and Recovery Fund

The  new £25 million Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund, managed by Social Investment Business (SIB), will enable social lenders to provide emergency loans to social enterprises and charities who face a problem because expected income and activity has been delayed or disrupted

 More information is here: :

Funding Enlightened Agriculture – LEAP: Small emergency loan programme

• For a period of 3 months from the 1st April, small unsecured loans from £5,000 - £20,000.

• 3-month capital and interest holiday, followed by 12-month capital holiday · Interest rate: 5%; term: 5 years and 3 months – no arrangement fees
• The focus of this fund will be on established community food businesses and agroecological growers and can be used for anything that helps them navigate the crisis.
More information on eligibility and agriculture can be here.

The Cadent Foundation

has been established to make a positive and lasting difference to local communities and the wider society. Cadent have £20m available over the next 5 years to charities and community groups to support projects that make a real difference.
Applications are open to May 31st.

More information is here:

Good Finance launches Resource Hub for Charities and Social Enterprises

With sections on funding advice, guidance on how to support staff, volunteers and beneficiaries, as well as impact on social investors and financial implications for the sector.

More information is here:

£100 million response announced to help social sector organisations through the coronavirus crisis

An ambitious £100 million programme of loans and investment is announced today to help get much-needed emergency funding to social enterprises, charities and small businesses in disadvantaged areas affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The measures complement the coronavirus grants programme for social sector organisations announced earlier by the Government. The new measures, announced today by leading social investors, will create routes for charities, social enterprises and some small businesses facing cash-flow problems and disruption to their trading to obtain urgent finance which they otherwise couldn’t access. Within weeks, affected organisations will be able to apply for emergency loans and investment without paying any fees or interest for 12 months.T he new measures include:

  • A new Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund, managed by Social Investment Business (SIB), to enable social lenders to provide emergency loans to affected social enterprises and charities without requiring personal guarantees and charging no fees or interest for 12 months. Big Society Capital will provide an initial investment of £25 million, with loans backed by the Government’s existing Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and issued through SIB working initially with Charity Bank, Social and Sustainable Capital and Big Issue Invest. Co-investment from social investors is being sought to supplement Big Society Capital’s initial investment.
  • Up to a further £50 million which Big Society Capital will reprioritise and repurpose over coming months to address emerging funding needs among social enterprises and charities, either through the Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund or alternative funding vehicles as appropriate.


Morrisons opens fund to support VCSE organisations working with homelessness


There is a total of £500,000 for this fund. Awards up to £10,000 are available. However, smaller requests will allow more charities to be supported from the fund. Registered charities who care for the homeless can apply for support to cover the following broad areas:

•           Outreach and support for rough sleepers, including provision of essentials.

•           Delivery of services in hostels and shelters.

•           Information and advice.

Applications can be made at any time.