*Information correct and valid from 15 April 2020:


W3RT and Watford Borough Council are making a special appeal for donations to help our local charities at the frontline of our COVID-19 response. It’s a very challenging time for our local charities. Thousands of people rely on them for support every day and even more so since the COVID-19 crisis. To apply for funding, visit donate to the appeal, visit or follow the instructions below:

  • To donate £1, text WATFORD to 70201

  • To donate £3, text WATFORD to 70331

  • To donate £5, text WATFORD to 70970

  • To donate £10, text WATFORD to 70191


The £9.5 million Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme is being delivered by Power to Change, Locality, The Ubele Initiative and Social Investment Business on behalf of the National Lottery Community Fund. 

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) have created a list of funding opportunities for charities.

• Barclays launched a £100 million COVID-19 Community Aid Package

• Big Society Capital announced a £100 million response to help social sector organisations through the coronavirus crisis

• The National Lottery Community Fund (funding under and over £10,000)

• Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has given £50,000 in emergency funding to charities supporting residents during the coronavirus crisis.

•  Hertfordshire County Council Community Innovation Fund - Grants of up to £5,000 to support community projects for adults in Hertfordshire.

• Herts Community Foundation Coronavirus Relief Fund - Grants of up to £20,000 for groups dealing with the emerging issues in the community caused by the threat of the Covid-19 outbreak

• Sport England Package has £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

• Historic England are encouraging people to apply for grants of up to £25,000 to address financial difficulties arising from Coronavirus. Grants of up to £50,000 are also available for projects and activities that reduce risks to heritage by providing information, resources and skills.

• UKCF BAME infrastructure support fund - Grants of up to £20,000 available for  BAME-led infrastructure organisations.

• The Co-op Local Community Fund helps pay for local projects that their members care about.

• Catalyst Housing has set up an emergency fund (groups can apply for up to £2,000) to help small charities and voluntary sector organisations responding to support communities with the challenges of coronavirus.

Shanly Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund is to assist organisations in creating initiatives and delivering services which directly help individuals affected by the pandemic.

Facebook Small Business Grants programme

• Thames Water Trust Fund - The fund provides help towards local organisations such as the CAB and also offer help to individuals with extra financial challenges, especially during this exceptional time with the COVID-19 outbreak.

•  Anglian Positive Water Difference fund - Grants of up to £5,000 available for groups supporting communities through the current crisis in Letchworth, Baldock, Hitchin and Royston.


Arts Council England have launched a £70 million COVID-19 Emergency response Package. There is funding support for organisations and individual. They have provided three webinars on the following subjects: 1) Introduction to the Emergency Funds, 2) Grantium/Access Support and 3) Individuals funds guidance

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is awarding the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund for heritage organisations in England struggling under the pressures of coronavirus (COVID-19).


•  The Artist General Benevolent Fund financially supports professional artists in need and their dependents living in England, Wales or Northern Ireland who cannot work or earn due to accident, illness or older age.

Film and Television Charity offer advice and one off grants for urgent and immediate financial assistance for those in the film, TV and cinema industry

Equity Charitable Trust, Educational grants for professional performers to retrain and re-qualify in a different field, alongside one-off welfare grants for those who find themselves in critical need

Help for Musicians, Offering musicians Health and Welfare grants, Creative development grants - plus help for those with long-term illness

Live Events PSA Stagehand Welfare and Benevolent Fund, small grants to help tide people over or retrain for those who work in the live event production industry

Actors Benevolent Fund for professional actors, actresses and stage managers. Financial assistance for those unable to work due to injury, illness or old age, with household expenses, including a regular weekly payment and contributions towards bills and sometimes assistance with one off payments for items such as disability aids or kitchen appliances


PRS Member’s Fund Provide support and advice to PRS members (7 years or £500 of royalties) and their families, who may be struggling financially, physically or emotionally and are in need of help.


Dance fund: Financial grants to dance professionals of all ages


Authors’ Emergency Fund, grants of up to £2,000

Live Nation have announced a $10m global relief fund for live music crew members. They will be contacting those they know are affected over the next few weeks and info on how to apply will be announced soon


Help Musicians has launched a Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund, putting up £5 million to help musicians pay ongoing household expenses. Eligible musicians will be able to apply for a one-off payment of £500.


The Martin Lewis Fund is providing grants of £5,000 to £20,000 to small registered charities, or local arms of bigger charities, across the UK

• Prince’s Trust Grants for those aged 16 - 30 Studying less than 14 hours a week, unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week - for course fees, tools, equipment or uniforms for a job or qualification, job licence fees and transport to a new job until your first pay slip


Royal Variety Charity for all people that have worked professionally in the entertainment industry, financial assistance, plus residential and care home


The Royal Society of Musicians – All applications to the Society are considered in confidence. Help may be offered in many ways, whether it be living expenses, rehabilitation, counselling, referrals to specialised practitioners, or consultations with financial advisors.

Acting for Others: offers emotional and financial support to theatre workers

a-n Artist Bursaries: Time Space Money, plus financial support for artists and arts organisers

The Actors’ Children’s Trust gives money and advice to actor-parents and their children

• £200 Emergency fund for Musical Union members

Bridging the Gap is offering bursaries for freelancers and small or community-based arts organisations

• Grants of up to £10,000 are available from Youth Music for music-making organisations affected by COVID19


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