COVID-19: Funding

There have been a number of new funding pots created specifically to support Third Sector Organisations and Groups during these difficult times. (NB: a number of them have similar names, so it can be a bit confusing, please take your time to read through the info)
In addition to the ones below you can also use the Funding Finder on to search for other COVID-19 specific funding.

GAVO's COVID-19 Small Grant Scheme

(Administered by: GAVO)

As part of the Welsh Government support for the Third Sector, GAVO received £25,000 per county to distribute in small grants to support voluntary groups who are actively providing vital COVID-19 support to their communities in Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire and Newport.


The Fund in Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly and Newport has now been allocated,  but we still have funding available in Monmouthshire.  We would urge any organisations doing Covid-19 work to consider applying.  This can be capital or revenue and applications will be prioritised under the following categories:

  • A – Highest priority. Organisations will directly provide or sustain crucial COVID-19 services in the community, ensuring the safety of vulnerable individuals/communities.

  • B – Funding to improve/sustain the COVID-19 services that support the well-being of the most vulnerable individuals/communities.

  • C – Funding for third/voluntary sector that enable them to continue engaging, supporting and developing volunteers and COVID-19 activities for their communities.

Organisations do not have to be registered charities but must be constituted and have a bank account in the name of the organisation with at least two signatories.

Applications are being co-ordinated locally & completed forms need to be submitted with a copy of the constitution or governing document to the GAVO Community Development Manager for the area your organisation works in.


Contact details for the Community Development Team can be found here.

This fund is not suitable for regional bids - please refer instead to the funding administered by WCVA below.

Voluntary Sector Emergency Fund (VSEF) - Comic Relief COVID-19

(Administered by: GAVO)

[This is a different fund to the VSEF administered by WCVA]


The funding has been provided by Comic Relief 'Big Night In'. The purpose of the VSEF grant is to provide direct financial support to those local organisations who are providing vital help to those most affected by COVID-19. This could be people struggling to access food etc., such as people in isolation, the elderly, carers, etc. and to support organisations to adapt to working with COVID-19 restrictions.

Applications will need to meet one or more of the four Comic Relief priorities:

  • 1. Children survive & thrive - Actions to give children the best start in life and access to opportunities to achieve their potential.

  • 2. Gender justice - Actions to improve equality for women and girls.

  • 3. A safe place to be - Actions to help vulnerable people improve their circumstances and safety

  • 4. Mental health matters - Actions to enable access to support and increase awareness.

Please read the Guidance for full criteria and eligibility details. GAVO has £26,500 to award in small grants in each county (NB: Monmouthshire is now the only pot left with money to allocate) - the maximum grant will be £2,500.



This fund is not suitable for regional bids - please refer instead to the funding administered by WCVA below.


Voluntary Services Emergency Fund (Closing 31st July 2020)

(Administered by: WCVA)

In the 14 weeks of operation the Voluntary Services Emergency Fund (VSEF) has awarded almost £7.5million in response to emergency grant requests from voluntary organisations on the front line in Wales. VSEF was funded by Welsh Government to support the voluntary sector to expand and adapt services, meeting new challenges caused by the pandemic.

VSEF in its current form will be closing to applications on 31 July 2020. From the 17 August 2020, the new phase of grant funding will become available to help the sector address the challenges now arising as we move into the recovery phase of the pandemic.

The aim of this funding will be to contribute towards a fair and just recovery in Wales. Guidelines on what will be funded in the next phase of the grant scheme are currently being developed, and further details will be announced as soon as possible.

If you are planning on applying to VSEF ahead of July 31, please contact Sian Baker Maurice on 02920 431778, before you submit, to discuss your proposed request.

Third Sector Resilience Fund for Wales
(Administered by: WCVA)

This fund is designed to support those voluntary sector organisations that need financial support to survive the current crisis primarily because of an unprecedented fall in their fundraising and donation income.


In addition, the fund offers a bridging loan option of for the equivalent of two months’ furloughed wages (up to £25,000) to tide voluntary organisations over while waiting for furlough reimbursements from the Government.

Click here to find out more and to apply

Coronavirus Resilience Fund

(Administered by: Community Foundation Wales)

This Fund is dedicated to Wales and it will distribute funding raised from our Wales Coronavirus Resilience Fund and the National Emergencies Trust appeal.This fund has been established to assist groups and organisations that are adapting their services and support to individuals and families, whether singly or collectively, affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

  • Grants of up to £5,000 are available for groups with an annual income of up to

  • Grants of up to £10,000 are available for groups with an annual income of between £200,001 and £500,000

This grant is now open for applications:


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