Coronavirus (COVID-19) - grant funds

Find out about the types of grant available to charities, the heritage sector, creative businesses, sporting and arts groups, who is eligible and how to apply for one.


For charities

The Chancellor has promised an extra £750 million coronavirus funding for charities.

For sports groups

Sport England have announced that funding is now available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the coronavirus crisis. This includes the opportunity for local clubs and community organisations can bid for grants of between £300 and £10,000 through the Community Emergency Fund, as well as a range of other support measures.

For arts organisations

Arts Council England are offering financial support to individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector during the coronavirus crisis. Funding is available for National Portfolio Holders, as well as organisations that are not in receipt of regular Arts Council funding, and freelancers.

The government have announced a £1.57 billion investment to protect Britain's world-class cultural, arts and heritage institutions. 

The package includes funding for national cultural institutions in England and investment in cultural and heritage sites to restart construction work paused as a result of the pandemic. This will be a big step forward to help rebuild our cultural infrastructure. This unprecedented package includes:

  • £1.15 billion support pot for cultural organisations in England delivered through a mix of grants and loans. This will be made up of £270 million of repayable finance and £880 million grants.
  • £100 million of targeted support for the national cultural institutions in England and the English Heritage Trust.
  • £120 million capital investment to restart construction on cultural infrastructure and for heritage construction projects in England which was paused due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The new funding will also mean an extra £188 million for the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland (£33 million), Scotland (£97 million) and Wales (£59 million).

For creative businesses

South East Creatives is looking at how they can move some of their workshops, events and mentoring online and to continue to be able to offer grants for those companies who want to and are able to continue developing their businesses during this period.

They have a grant funding programme offering anything from £1,000 to £20,000.

For workers in film, TV and cinema

The Film and TV COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund has been created in partnership with the BFI. Film and TV Charity is offering one-off grants from £500 to £2,500 to active workers in film, TV and cinema facing significant financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

For the heritage sector

Historic England has launched a £2 million emergency fund to help tackle the impact of coronavirus on the heritage sector.

The deadline for applications is midnight on 3 May 2020 and the funding for successful applications will be awarded from mid-May.

Grants for all sectors

Grants online offers a one-stop-shop for finding grants and other funding information.

General grants

A number of community foundations and other organisations have launched funding programmes to assist local organisations in responding to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Coronavirus help grants