COVID–19 Emergency Fund


The Foundation has set up an emergency fund to help small to medium sized organisations who are struggling to manage the financial impact of COVID-19 either because of increased demand for their services or loss of income. The fund is targeted at organisations in a critical position.

Grants are for a maximum of £1,000.

Who can apply:

    • The organisation must be a charity, CIC or registered society
    • The organisation’s income must be no more than £500,000 and have free reserves of no more than £100,000
    • The organisation must operate in one of the following categories:
      • Education relating to non-domestic animals (this includes animal husbandry, veterinary science, animal welfare and surgery, and organic farming). Applications concerning domestic animals like dogs and cats are not accepted
      • Visual and performing arts;
      • Medical research;
      • The relief of disability or severe illness;
      • The accommodation of those in need.
  • The application must relate to the financial impact of COVID-19, starting no earlier than 1 March 2020;
  • Applications will not be accepted from ‘Friend’s-Of’ charities;
  • The applicant’s beneficiaries must be primarily in the UK.

What can the funds be used for:

  • Staff costs and other overheads (except where staff are not required and/or staff could have been furloughed) where income has been affected by COVID-19 or the lockdown;
  • Increased demand for services linked directly to COVID-19 or the lockdown;
  • Changes to working practices, such as the purchase of laptops or remote access technology, protective equipment to work safely with beneficiaries;
  • Deep cleaning of premises because of a confirmed case of COVID-19.

How to apply:

The Foundation does not accept applications or correspondence by post. 

A short application form can be accessed here. Please return completed application forms to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please direct all inquiries to this email address. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you are applying as a result of a drop in income and require a grant to meet critical costs: please briefly set out the organisation’s fixed expenditure and income, the amount of reserves (and how these are being used) and your income projections for the short to medium term.

Application outcome:

The trustees will endeavour to consider your application within 3 weeks of receiving it.

Please bear with us if it takes longer than this while we implement new processes and procedures relating to the emergency fund. We will communicate the outcome of each application to all applicants. Successful applicants will receive funds upon the Foundation receiving proof of the applicant’s bank account.


We will ask recipients to report briefly to us via email, 3 months after their grant is paid.

COVID-19 Funders Statement

The Foundation is a signatory to the COVID-19 Funders Statement. The Funders Statement is a commitment to change the way we work in these exceptional times to support the charities and organisations that in turn are supporting the most vulnerable people in our communities. We commit to the following

  • Adapting activities – we recognise that you may experience difficulties achieving some of the outputs or outcomes we agreed for your grant during the outbreak, and would like to be able to maintain our grant payments to you at originally-agreed levels during this period, so please have a conversation with us if you are affected in this way;
  • Discussing dates – we don’t want to add pressure, so if you think you will struggle to meet a reporting deadline please get in touch with us so that we can agree a more realistic time for you to get things to us wherever possible;
  • Financial flexibility – we know you may need to use your funding to help cover sickness, purchase equipment, or deliver services differently, and we will be reasonable if you need to move money between budget headings to ensure your work can continue; and
  • Listening to you – we are here if you want to talk to us about the situation you’re facing, but we’ll wait for you to call us so that these conversations are at the right time for you.

You can see the full list of signatories here:



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