Rosa – COVID-19 Response Fund (Small Grants)

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Grants are available for specialist women’s organisations across the UK to deal with the impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic on their work.


Maximum Value:£ 10,000Minimum Value:£ 1,000

Value Notes

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available for a period of up to six months.

Extended Description

The COVID-19 Response Fund (Small Grants) is provided and administered by Rosa, a grantmaking charity that funds grassroots women’s organisations to help to make the UK a fairer, safer place for women.

The Fund aims to provide quick and straightforward grants to specialist “by, for and with” women’s organisations across the UK to help them meet short-term funding needs and respond to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

Rosa plans to also provide longer term grant funding of larger amounts at a later point.

Latest Information

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Key Criteria

Organisations that are non-profitable and run predominantly by, for and with women can apply.

They do not have to be registered charities, but their activities must be charitable, legal and for the benefit of women.

To be eligible organisations must:

  • Have a written governing document, eg, a constitution or set of rules.
  • Have a governing body with at least three unrelated members.
  • Have a UK-based bank or building society account in the name of the organisation, which has at least two unrelated signatories.
  • Have been active for at least one year and must be able to produce annual accounts for a whole year.
  • Have an appropriate safeguarding policy in place.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for charitable women’s organisations whose work fits under one or more of Rosa’s four pillars:

  • Economic justice.
  • Health and wellbeing.
  • Leadership and representation.
  • Safety.

Rosa particularly welcomes applications from women’s organisations that:

  • Address the critical needs of women and girls that miss out the most, including:
    • Marginalised populations.
    • BME women.
    • LGBTQ+ women and girls.
    • Women and girls with disabilities.
    • Older women.
    • Homeless women.
    • Survivors of gender violence.
    • Women in prison and ex-offenders
    • Other underserved and disadvantaged groups of women.
  • Operate in less economically resilient towns, cities and rural areas within the UK.

If there is a high number of applications to this Fund, Rosa may prioritise applications from:

  • Organisations working with women and girls that have been disproportionally affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Smaller organisations that have less capacity to fundraise.
  • Organisations based outside of London (due to the London Community Response Fund already serving that area).

Both existing and new work can be funded. Eligible organisations can apply for unrestricted funding towards core costs but the application must directly relate to challenges emerging from the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

The grant can cover a wide range of costs, including but not limited to:

  • Costs that enable the organisation to meet the immediate needs of the women and girls it supports.
  • Costs that enable the organisation to meet the immediate needs of its staff and volunteers.
  • Costs that enable the organisation to adapt its work to continue to reach women and girls during this time. Costs already incurred as direct result of the crisis will also be considered.
  • Costs to free up capacity to fundraise.
  • Costs that support the short-term survival of the organisation.
  • Costs that support the organisation to better connect with the sector or with wider stakeholders.
  • Core costs of the organisation (such as staff salaries, staff training, office costs and other general running costs).

Only one application per organisation is accepted.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Work that is not exclusively targeting women and girls as beneficiaries.
  • Work intended to benefit specific individuals (as opposed to groups in the community).
  • Work that substitutes or overlaps with statutory service provision.
  • Paid-for advertising and marketing.
  • Work that should be provided by statutory organisations.
  • Party political activities.
  • Activities promoting religious beliefs.
  • Overseas travel.
  • Interest payment on loans.
  • One-off conferences or events unless they are part of a longer-term strategy.
  • Research, except tightly focused on a specific issue.
  • Profit-making work.
  • Building purchase and improvements.
  • Work outside of the UK.

Application Procedure

Organisations will receive a decision on their application within approximately two weeks.

Guidance notes, a Frequently Asked Questions document and the online application form can be found Rosa’s website.

Contact Rosa for further information.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on this site – please see the downloadable files on the right hand panel at the top of this page – or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website.Contact details:EnquiriesRosa
United House
4th Floor
North Road
N7 9DPEmail:[email protected]