England COVID-19 Support Fund Application for Refugees, Asylum Seekers & Migrants

England COVID-19 Support Fund Application for Refugees, Asylum Seekers & Migrants

England COVID-19 Support Fund Application for Refugees, Asylum Seekers & Migrants

Barrow Cadbury Trust is partnering with the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) to distribute COVID-19 emergency response funding to the migration charity sector in England. We have £5 million to distribute for work that will relieve hardship caused by the pandemic among refugees and asylum-seekers and by migrants experiencing barriers to accessing services.

If you are a charity or not for profit organisation registered in England with an income of between £10,000 and £1 million whose main focus is on providing support to refugees, asylum seekers or migrants,, you can apply to us for a grant. The maximum you can apply for is £50,000 or three months’ expenditure, whichever is the smaller. The programme will open for applications on Monday 13 July and close on Sunday 2 August. Decisions will be made by mid October and grants must be spent within six months.

Our fund comes from the NLCF’s COVID-19 Response Fund and is subject to the same restrictions as the NLCF’s own programmes. It can only be spent on needs arising directly or indirectly from the pandemic, such as not on wider issues such as immigration advice. It cannot be spent on campaigning or political activity.

We are expecting, due to heavy demand for this funding, to only be able to fund a proportion of eligible applications. If you have received COVID-19 support funding from another source we will ask you to explain how that funding and this application differ.  You can apply for funding from us if you already hold a grant from the NLCF COVID-19 Response Fund but the grants must be for different activities. Please contact us if you need guidance on this.

England COVID-19 Support Fund Application ELIGIBILITY

You can apply if:

  • Your organisation is a charity, company limited by guarantee or a Community Interest Company limited by guarantee registered in England with:
    • an income of between £10,000 and £1 million in your most recent year of operations;
    • at least three unrelated Trustees or, if you are a company, a Board with a majority of Directors (at least three unrelated) with no financial interest in the company.
  • Your organisation’s main purpose and activities are to support asylum seekers, refugees or migrants. If you are not sure whether or not you are eligible please email us on [email protected] telling us your organisation’s name, a brief description of what you do and attaching your governing document. We will respond within two working days.

By “migrants”, for this fund, we mean people born overseas who are experiencing barriers to accessing services and whose difficulties are compounded by the pandemic. They may for example have restricted or unclear rights to live in the UK, people who have no recourse to public funds, and people who are destitute as a result of their immigration status.


NLCF funding is given to provide services and support for people in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, in our case refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, or to help organisations overcome acute financial difficulties they’re facing because of the pandemic. We can fund a range of things, for example:

  • Activities and services: any activity that is related to COVID-19, for example:
    • enabling access or providing the necessities of life (food, accommodation);
    • mental health support or activities to prevent loneliness and isolation;
    • help with home schooling for children, building digital skills;
    • preventing exploitation or domestic abuse arising from the pandemic situation
    • referral to other services that will help people cope with the pandemic (advice, health, social security etc.)
    • other needs arising from the pandemic
  • Changes to your systems (for example moving to remote working or the introduction of new systems) that will better enable you to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, or small scale changes to your premises to enable you to safely provide services
  • Staff salaries or other investment in staff (such as training or support in relation to the demands of COVID-19)
  • Volunteers’ expenses
  • Equipment to help you respond to the pandemic
  • General running costs
  • Interpretation costs or other costs specific to supporting this client group
  • Contributions to fixed costs/overheads

How much I apply for and for what length of time?

You can apply for up to £50,000 or 3 months expenditure (using the expenditure in your most recent completed year of operations), whichever is the less. So for example if your income in the year to 31 March 2020 was £150,000 you can apply for up to £37,500 (three months’ expenditure). If your income was £1 million you can apply for £50,000 (the maximum under this programme).

NLCF funds are for short term use only. You must spend your grant within six months, and by 19 April at the latest. You should not apply to this fund if you are not able to take up and start using your grant immediately.

This fund is not suitable for every organisation. If you are not eligible to apply, see the National Lottery Community Fund webpage and the Charity Excellence Framework for other sources of COVID-19 emergency funding.

For more Information: Visit the website for England COVID-19 Support Fund Application