COVID-19 responses by grant providers (F-M)

This week, up to the bank holiday on Friday, 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). Yesterday we featured funders listed by title from A-E. Today’s it’s F-M, and on Thursday we’ll list funders from 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 status.

34. The Family Fund for families with severely disabled children is trying to maintain services during the pandemic.
35. The February Foundation, a provider of capital and core costs, particularly for small or minority charities where a small grant will make a big difference, is continuing to operate as normal.
36. The Fenton Arts Trust has suspended all grant-making activities due to COVID-19.
37. The Garfield Weston Foundation is still accepting applications. The Foundation provides grants across the UK to organisations in the areas of the arts, education, youth, health, community, environment, religion, and welfare.

38. The Gilchrist Educational Trust has suspended its grants to individuals, its Travel Grants programme and its Field Studies Awards for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19.
39. The Greggs Foundation has changed the focus of its Community Grants programme and is prioritising the provision of food parcels for those most in need during the pandemic.
40. The Grocers Charity has published an adaptability statement on its website.
41. The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, which normally distributes grants totalling £1 million each year in a number of areas, including the arts, education and social exclusion, has suspended its grant-making activity due to COVID-19.
42. The Hays Travel Foundation, which offers grants to registered charities and local causes to help disadvantaged young people aged up to 25 in areas where the nationwide travel agent Hays Travel operates, has suspended all grant-making.
43. The Hedley Foundation offers grants up to £3,000 to UK registered charities working with children and young people aged 11-25. The Foundation cancelled its 29 April deadline for applications due to the coronavirus.
44. The Henry Smith Charity is still inviting applications and has posted a COVID-19 update on its website. Its Holiday Grants for Children programme opened to applications on Friday 1 May.
45. The Hilden Charitable Fund is still accepting applications for Summer Play Scheme grants (deadline Friday 29 May). However, the Trust is advising that, because of the virus, its timetable for making decisions has been pushed back.
46. The Hinrichsen Foundation, which provides support for the performance of contemporary music, has deferred its grant-making until COVID-19 has passed.
47. Historic England has placed a COVID-19 statement on its website to the effect that it aims to provide a ‘service as normal’. The first point of contact for interested applicants should be Historic England’s team of Regional Officers.
48. The Heritage Lottery Community Fund has suspended all its single stage delegated grants until October 2020 at the earlies due to COVID-19.
49. The Hospital Saturday Fund has also suspended all its grant-making activities indefinitely.
50. Arts and conservation funder the Idlewild Trust is presently reviewing whether to run its autumn 2020 grants round.
51. Health funder, the James Tudor Foundation, appears to be continuing as normal. A pop up screen when you visit its website says that a response from the Foundation may be delayed due to the present crisis.
52. The Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust has posted the following statement on its website: “In response to the Coronavirus crisis the Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust is inviting emergency applications from charities which the Trust has previously supported. We are no longer accepting any other applications until further notice so please do not apply. Please go to our applications page where you can download an emergency application form“.
53. The Jerwood Charitable Trust, a supporter of talented individuals in the arts, has placed its grant-making on hold pending further government advice about COVID-19.
54. Jewish Child’s Day has also suspended its grant-making.
55. The Kings Fund has extended the deadline for its £3 million Healthy Communities Together Fund, which is designed to improve the health and wellbeing of the most deprived communities in England. The revised deadline is Wednesday 27 May 2020.
56. The Horse Racing Foundation has said that it’s still open for business. The Foundation’s last application deadline was Friday 1 May 2020. There’s a useful list of other funding sources that have previously supported the horse racing industry on its website.
57. Phase 4 of the Local School Nature Grant Programme, which enables Infant, Primary and Secondary schools in England, Scotland & Wales to apply for £500 worth of outdoor resources, has been suspended pending government advice on COVID-19.
58. The Masonic Charitable Foundation has posted a COVID-19 statement on its website to reassure potential applicants that its grant schemes are still open to application. The Foundation is a major supporter of a wide range of charitable causes across the UK outside of the Masonic movement.