Coronavirus Response funding

If you are looking for urgent funding for your charitable organisation during the coronavirus outbreak, please apply via the London Community Response portal.

About the London Community Response portal

To ensure we can respond to need quickly and reduce pressures on frontline organisations, LCF is working collaboratively with other London funders to provide emergency and response funding during the coronavirus crisis.

All emergency funds coming to or managed by LCF – including the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal, London Communities Coronavirus Appeal and Co-op Food Fund – are being allocated through the London Community Response portal. By working with other funders on this portal, we want to support the sector by reducing time spent applying for funds by creating one easy access point. This means if you apply through the portal your application may be assessed by another funder.

This portal, coordinated by London Funders, will be funding organisations in waves – from urgent needs in the short term to larger grants for service transformation costs and ongoing work to support communities, in due course.

Funding currently available:

Wave five of the London Community Response is now open for applications.

There are two available strands of funding. This round will mainly be focused on renewal, supporting three “missions” for the future beyond covid-19 – building strong communities, a new deal for young people, and ensuring a robust safety net. There will also be a small number of crisis response grants to deal with urgent needs of London’s communities through the third lockdown and months ahead.

You can apply for a crisis response grant and/or a renewal grant.

  • Crisis response grants are for up to £10,000 to enable you to respond to the urgent needs of communities for up to six months, starting as soon as the grant is awarded. Applications will be considered in the order they are received with a final deadline of 5pm on Thursday 21 January.
  • Renewal grants are for up to £50,000 to enable you to support the recovery and renewal of London’s communities over a full year, starting from April 2021. Renewal grants can be for the costs of a specific project, a partnership approach, or for the core costs of running your organisation. The deadline to apply for a renewal grant is midday 15 February and will be assessed as quickly as possible after this date.

Check out the below webinar from London Funders for further information about Wave 5:

If you have any questions, please contact Please also take a look at this blog which explains the process in a bit more detail and answers some frequently asked questions.