Funding Friday

Comic Relief Community Fund

Focus of fund/fund aims:

Grants up to £4,000 to support small community organisations to deliver community projects, build their capacity and respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Activities should address one of the Comic Relief strategic themes: supporting children under 5; tackling gender inequality; helping homeless people and migrants; supporting good mental health.
Application deadline:

The COVID-19 fund will close at the end of 2020. Applications for Capacity Building and Project Delivery may be submitted at any time.

The fund has four main objectives and will support innovative projects that will tackle Comic Relief’s four core themes:

  • Children Survive & Thrive: supporting children under the age of 5 to grow, play and learn in safe environments with people who love and care for them
  • Fighting for Gender Justice: projects that champion women and girls, including initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation
  • A Safe Place to Be: projects that tackle homelessness and support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration
  • Mental Health Matters: projects that support good mental health in communities and tackle stigma and discrimination

There are three types of grant:

  • Capacity Building Grants – up to £1,000 to support small community organisations to become stronger and more robust and to improve their ability to deliver, both during and after the COVID-19 crisis
  • Project Delivery Grants – up to £4,000 to support grassroots organisations to deliver projects that address Comic Relief’s four strategic themes. Projects need to be completed within 12 months.
  • Comic Relief Covid-19 Community Fund – grants up to £4,000 to support local grassroots organisations to respond to the needs of vulnerable individuals, families and communities during the COVID-19 crisis and recover from the impact that COVID-19 has had on their services.

Apply for the Comic Relief Community Fund


Lord Barnby’s Charitable Foundation General Fund

Grants generally between £250 and £10,000 for UK charitable organisations for general charitable purposes.
Application deadline: none – applications may be made at any time in writing.

Lord Barnby’s Charitable Foundation’s General Grants programme is a discretion scheme that awards a large number of small grants to a diverse range of organisations.
Grants ranged from £500 to £10,000. The average grant award was £2,400. There is no requirement for matched funding.
Charitable organisations working with the following beneficiary groups or causes are regularly supported:

  • Children and young people
  • Disability
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Older people
  • Parish churches.

Please note the Foundation does not maintain a website.
Applications may be made at any time in writing and should include the following information:

  • A brief description of the organisation and project
  • A copy of the organisation’s most recent accounts.

Contact details for the Foundation are:
Mrs Catherine Thomason
The Lord Barnby’s Foundation
PO Box 442
Market Drayton
TF9 9EQ
Tel: 07835441168
Email: lordbarnbyfoundation@gmail.com


Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

Tesco Bags of Help has responded to the current COVID-19 crisis by setting up a new fund to support local communities. In order respond quickly to the emergency we have created a streamlined application and payment process to make it easier to get funds out quickly.

The programme will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups, as part of their emergency response in supporting local communities.

Typically, the fund will support organisations that have experienced;

  • Increased demand – a holiday hunger club needs more resources to support children through the summer months or a food bank whose stocks are running low and needs an immediate donation to enable the food bank to restock
  • Disrupted services – a local charity setting up a delivery service to replace its monthly lunch club, or a charity needing to set up a telephone service to support beneficiaries
  • New services – a health focused charity having to set up a new online patient service requires new IT equipment or a mental health charity developing a new service.

Applications will be welcomed from a wide range of organisations including: voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, schools, health bodies, Parish/Town councils, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, community councils, local authorities and housing organisations. Other not-for-profit organisations might also be eligible.

Please note that the last day we will accept applications to this fund is Friday 18th September 2020.

Apply by visiting the Tesco Bags of Help