COVID-19 responses by grant providers (A-E)

Over the next 3 days we’re posting details of around 90 grant providers that have amended, updated or suspended their grant-making activities following the onset on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While this isn’t an exclusive list (other COVID-19 funds are available), it does provide an indication of how some grant-making Trusts have reacted to the coronavirus.

All of the funds listed have been featured in our daily grants bulletin (details on the GRIN website). Today we’re featuring funders listed by title from A-E. On Wednesday we’ll cover F-M, and on Thursday N-Z.

Please note: the funding landscape has been changing fairly rapidly over the last couple of months, so we advise following the website link for each funding source provided to check its current position.

1.  Adamson Trust – has suspended all grant-making activities.
2. Alec Dickson Trust – the Trust has closed its application portal for the immediate future. 
3. Alpkit Foundation – grants up to £500 organisations and individuals in the UK helping people and communities affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
4. Angus Irvine Playing Field Fund –  The Angus Irvine Playing Field Fund, which is designed to increase opportunities for young people in disadvantaged areas to play outdoor sport, has closed to applications until further notice due to COVID-19.
5. Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust – is launching a package of funding to support the Armed Forces community during COVID-19.
6.  Arts Council Developing Your Creative Practice – has been suspended. 
7. Arts Council Project Grants – have been suspended.
8. Author’s Emergency Fund – grants up to £2,000 for UK authors impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
9. BBC Children in Need – has paused all applications to its Small Grants and Main Grants programmes. 
10. Blanchminster Trust – is continuing to administer its grant making activities through staff working remotely – a decision a number of grant-makers have made in order to keep their grant schemes available during the current crisis.
11. British Council -has posted a COVID-19 statement on its website. 
12. British Foreign School Society – has suspended its spring 2020 grant round due to COVID-19. 
13. British Horse Foundation COVID-19 Hardship Fund – the British Horse Society (BHS), has launched the BHS Approved Centre Hardship Fund to help support riding schools affiliated to the charity through the Covid-19 pandemic. Grants from the fund will be allocated based on a payment of £750 per BHS Approved Riding School.
14. BUPA UK – has posted a COVID-19 statement on its website. 
15. Church Care – has announced that it is extending the time period for acceptance of grant applications and grant claims (applications are still being accepted). 
16. Clothworkers’ Foundation – has advised that it’s taking a flexible approach to grant applications during the current period.
17. Comic Relief – has posted a COVID-19 statement on its website. 
18. Community Business Bright Ideas Fund – has been suspended for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19. 
19. Community Radio Fund COVID-19 Emergency Funding – funding to support Ofcom-licensed community radio stations facing severe financial difficulty due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (application deadline 11 May).
20. Community Shares Booster Programme – has been closed while Locality directs its resources towards COVID-19 support. 
21. Construction Industry Training Board – has placed a COVID-19 statement on its website saying that it is planning to continue as normal. 
22. Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund – small grants up to £20,000 and large grants up to £50,000 for charitable organisations in England able to respond to an anticipated increase in the need for mental health support as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (application deadline 8 May 2020).
23. Daytrippers Foundation – a provider of day trips for children and young people aged 5-25 with disabilities or life-limiting conditions, Daytrippers has announced it will not be accepting any applications until further notice due to COVID-19. 
24. D M Thomas Foundation for Young People – has postponed its 22 July application deadline for its general grants programme. 
25. Drapers Company – has effectively suspended all its grant-making activities during COVID-19. 
26. Duke of Devonshire’s Charitable Trust – the Trust, which mainly provides small capital grants for charitable projects in North-East Derbyshire, North Yorkshire and the Eastbourne area, has posted a COVID-19 notice on its website. 
27. Dunhill Medical Trust – a provider of large and small grants for organisations working with people aged 60+, the Trust has suspended its grant-making due to COVID-19. 
28. Education Endowment Foundation – the Foundation, which seeks to improve the education performance of children receiving free school meals, has suspended its grant-making activities due to COVID-19. 
29. Edward Gostling Foundation – a grant-making trust that awards grant for projects that make a transforming change and have a high level of impact on individuals, their families and communities, the Foundation has stated that it is continuing its grant-making during COVID-19 and is making special arrangements for charities struggling due to the pandemic. 
30. Elephant Trust – a provider of small grants to artists, small organisations and galleries frustrated by lack of funds to present their work. The Trust has suspended all grant-making activities due to COVID-19. 
31. England and Wales Cricket Board COVID-19 Emergency Support – grants up to £3,000 for affiliated cricket clubs in England and Wales to cover any shortfall in day-to-day running and maintenance costs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Interest-free loans up to £5,000 are also available (application deadline for grants: 17 July 2020).
32. Ernest Cook Trust – has suspended all of its grant-making activities. 
33. Esmee Fairbairn Foundation – not directly related to COVID-19, the Foundation has announced that from April 3rd it is “closed to new applications from organisations we don’t already fund. This is so that we can prepare for our new strategy, and work closely with the organisations we fund to support them through the coronavirus crisis.”