Support for charities

Government support

As hundreds of fundraising events are set to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a £750m package to help support struggling charities during these unprecedented times.

  • The support involves £360m of cash grants given directly to charities, allocated by government departments to those providing key services during the coronavirus crisis
  • A further £370m will be used to support small and local charities working with vulnerable individuals, as well as those delivering food and essential medicines and financial advice. This support will be administered through bodies such as the National Lottery Community Fund
  • The government has also pledged to match all donations to the BBC’s Big Night In fundraising event on 23 April, pledging a minimum of £20m

This announcement builds upon previous updates by the Chancellor to support charities, including deferring VAT bills, paying no business rates for their shops next year and furloughing staff where possible with the Government paying 80% of their wages.

We would encourage charitable organisations s to review the support being made available by the government by clicking here.

Filing annual returns

With events and public gatherings being prohibited, this may affect the running of AGMs and other critical meetings, if they cannot be held virtually. If these events need to be postponed, the government has advised that the decision should be officially recorded to demonstrate good governance. This is particularly important if postponing AGMs as finalising annual reports and accounts may prove difficult. If you are required to file your annual returns and accounts during this period and are having difficulty, you can apply for an extension by emailing [email protected]


Birmingham City Council – Grants of £2,000 – £40,000 to assist with vulnerable adults

Birmingham City Council – Grants up to £10,000 for community grants to help children and families

National Lottery Community Fund – Grants from £300 -£10.000 & £10,000+

Morrisons Foundation – Grants up £10,000 for Charities dealing with Homelessness registered at the Commission/OSCR

Matt Kendall Society – Grants up to £150.00 per individual for financial support for young people aged 16-25 via Referral Agency

West Midlands Police – Grants up to £5.000 for community groups to help support people having to self-isolate 

Heart of England – Grants up to £1500 for emergency Coronavirus Activities

Waste and Resources Action Programme (Closing Date 4th June) – Grants up to £5,000 -£10,000 for small agencies who can redistribute surplus food from retailers

Greggs Coronavirus Emergency Appeal  – Grants up to £500 for food parcel support

Halifax Foundation – Grants from £1,000 – £50,000 for Community Group Activities and Benefits (Covid-19 activities prioritised)

Antonio Carluccio Foundation – Grants up to £10,000 to agencies operating in the food industry

Community Champions – Grants up to £1000 to support the over 70’s

John Lewis Partnership (UK) – Community Support Fund 

Sport England Emergency Fund – To help community sport and physical activity organizations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Crisis Homeless Fund – Grants of £5,000 for short term responses & £50,000 for long term needs on expansion or change in service delivery

Tesco’s Bags of Help – Covid 19 Communities Fund – £500 for organisations that support vulnerable residents

The Yap Charitable Trust – Grants up to £3,000 for Charities with an income below £40,000 per annum

Advice for charities and community groups

Birmingham City Council General Advice

Office for Civil Society – Gov. UK


Big Society Capital

If you’re located in Colmore Business District and need signposting to relevant support schemes, you can email us at [email protected]

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