Together with our partners, we are exploring the best way to support community businesses throughout this challenging time. This page is being updated daily so be sure to check back for new sources of support and funding as they are announced. 

No one knows what the future will bring, for now though, we will endeavour to round up the best advice and guidance we have found to help you to manage your community business in uncertain times.

Business support and guidance

  • Social Enterprise UK has shared advice on its website and is hosting webinars for business support and planning.
  • BUD has developed three online workshops for leaders of positive change in community and business through this time.
  • The Fore runs a network of individuals interested in providing pro-bono support to small charities and social enterprises, as well as becoming trustees.
  • The Plunkett Foundation is updating a live page with advice and guidance for community businesses during the pandemic, from managing risks to supporting communities.
  • Cooperatives UK is updating guidance and advice on their website regularly.
  • Locality is updating members regularly on their website on support available, furlough and volunteering.
  • Community Energy England has compiled governance business, funding and community energy resources for those affected by COVID-19.
  • Community Transport Association has been sharing guidance for community transport in response to COVID-19, the guidance is updated regularly.
  • NCVO offers a range of support for organisations, including HR advice, as well as a range of information and guidance for charities and the third sector and specific Coronavirus guidance which is updated regularly.


Emergency funding

New funds have been launched to support charities and community businesses in response to COVID-19. We’ll be updating these each week as they are announced.

  • Charities Aid Foundation has launched a Coronavirus Emergency Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by COVID-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.
  • National Emergencies Trust has launched a fundraising appeal for local charities and grassroots organisations that can provide vital support to people quickly, distributed through UK Communities Foundation.
  • National Lottery Community Fund is offering flexibility to grantees and will make the next six months of funding (up to £300m) devoted to the current crisis.
  • Crowdfunder is offering 100% free fundraising for small businesses to help mitigate the disruption of coronavirus.
  • Big Society Capital is looking to set up an emergency loan fund for charities and social enterprises by pooling social lenders.
  • Arts Council England is making £160 million of emergency funding available for cultural sector organisations (arts, libraries, museums) and individuals. They have changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of their funding.
  • London Community Response Fund – London Funders, the Greater London Authority and the City Bridge Trust have contributed £1m each to this fund to support London’s voluntary sector and respond to community need.
  • LEAP is offering small, unsecured loans between £5,000 and £20,000 to established community food businesses and agro-ecological growers.
  • Sport England has announced a £195m package for the sport and physical activity sector, with grants of between £300 and £10,000 available.
  • Comic Relief is offering flexibility to its current grantees to respond to new needs and vulnerabilities. Some of the money raised through Sport Relief 2020 will go to frontline organisations.
  • Neighbourly is offering members the chance to apply for microgrants of up to £400.
  • Standard Life Foundation is making funding available for work directly related to the pandemic.
  • The National Lottery Heritage Fund has announced a £50m fund to support the heritage sector. Grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 are available.

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