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Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

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The disruption to ‘business as usual’ has seen thousands of individuals and organisations suffer financially. Many voluntary organisations delivering services on the frontline are adapting to increasing demands, working tirelessly to respond to the people most in need. Whilst globally, there have been appeals for new ideas to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic, from creative solutions that can ease loneliness to online resources that support learners at home.


This list provides a number of funding opportunities for organisations that have suffered as a result of COVID-19 or for those with new ideas to help respond to the crisis. This is an evolving resource and we welcome suggestions for additions within the existing sections, or for new ones at [email protected].

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Solve MIT are offering $10,000 grants for tech solutions to help communities prepare for, detect and respond to pandemics.

NHSX is providing £25,000 of government funding for innovations that test solutions on how to support the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating.

Many local community foundation groups have set up COVID-19 funds to support the most vulnerable people in society.

A£20 million fund to support organisations that find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the pandemic. Use the eligibility checker to check if the fund is right for your organisation.

£160 million of emergency funding is available for people and organisations in the cultural sector.

£5 million emergency support fund to support London’s voluntary sector. This fund is available to organisations facing immediate financial pressures and uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Up to £1,000 grants for grassroot community groups in Greater Manchester that are responding to the impact of COVID-19.

Get micro-grants of up to £400 to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Grants are awarded to support work that helps members of the community suffering with loss of income, isolation or ill health as a result of the crisis.

Up to£1 million a week for an initial 12 weeks, open to charities and not-for-profit organisations across Merseyside, Cheshire and northern Wales, to help with the costs of additional emergency services to support people affected by the virus.

Grants of up to £25,000 available for teachers and trainers of vocational learning. VocTech Now has been prompted by the unprecedented situation vocational trainers and their learners face as a result of COVID-19. Grants will be awarded to vocational learning providers who need to use technology to deliver fast results for its learners online and require support to get their idea up and running.

The Community Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund will support community groups and charities with £1,000 - £5,000 grants focused on immediate community needs.

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is inviting proposals for public engagement with environmental science which understand, address or mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. The total project budget is £50,000, while individual projects will receive up to £10,000.

Youth Scotland are reallocating existing funds to meet the emerging needs of youth groups. The maximum amount available per application is £500 to cover the cost of equipment and programme materials; IT equipment to enable digital engagement of young people and delivery of online activities.