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Covid-19 Bulletin 1

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Dear Members,

We hope you are all well and keeping safe during this unprecedented global challenge. It is a huge test that calls for new levels of co-operation and resilience in all sectors and we recognise the significant challenges you will be facing. We look forward to working with you.

CSO is continuing to support our members through this difficult time. If there is anything we can do to help or support you at this time please contact us by using the email and will come back to you asap. All of our staff are set up for home working, using video conferencing etc.

We would advise that you contact your grant officers in relation to any financial problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Most of the funders would have contacted you if not already but please do contact them in relation to use of your funding. 

As general advice please also contact your financial advisors in relation to the Government's Furlough Scheme, which is designed to financially support your staff upto 80% of salaries. It may well be also that you as an employer, would be able to top-up the other 20% of salaries but please do check.

We will continue to post regular updates, funds available to help your organisation through this time and guidance both on our social media and website.

As well as sharing what we are doing and seeing, we want you to tell us how we can help and support you and we will do our utmost to assist. 


A starting point is if you can reply by email by answering these questions below:

  1.  How are you coping with the shut down?
  2. What support do you and your members need?
  3. How are you currently supporting your members?
  4. Can you identify your members who are alone and don’t have family support so extra help can be provided?
  5.  Is food getting to the most vulnerable, or is that not feasible due to food supplies, transport and self isolation?
  6. Can your organisation have any space that could be used by others who are coordinating the food effort.

The coming weeks and months will be challenging but we are committed to helping you through this where we can.


COVID-19 Funding options

We have compiled a list of funders who are funding Covid-19 issues. 

COVID-19 support funds







JRCT has launched a new organisational support fund for existing grantees. 


The purpose of the fund is to support grantees to ‘keep the lights on’ or otherwise adapt your work to the changed context arising from COVID-19. Specifically, the intention is to assist with the costs associated with transitions to remote and online working, including costs of computer equipment, digital infrastructure, development of online content, or services for staff and volunteer wellbeing.

JRCT application 


London Community Response fund

The first wave of funding is around small grants of up to £5k for food distribution and essential operational supplies.  There will be a second wave of funding in early April for larger grants, service transformation costs, and ongoing work to support communities. Funders are also exploring funding for some of the longer-term needs of communities and the sector affected by the crisis, and will continue to post updates on funds available on the website.



National Lottery Community fund

To reach those groups best placed to support their communities at this vital time. Key criteria: 1. Activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis
2. Helping organisations overcome any liquidity issues caused by COVID-19.



Charities Aid Foundation

The CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund has been set up to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19.

If you are a small organisation (turnover of £1m or less in last financial year) undertaking charitable activities in the UK, you can apply for a grant of up to £10,000 to enable you to continue your vital work or Covid-19 emergency response activities during the current health emergency. This includes funding to support your day to day activities and core costs.

This is intended as a rapid response fund, and we aim to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application.



micro-grants of up to £400, to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the new Coronavirus outbreak.


National Emergencies Trust

established last year, launched its Coronavirus Appeal in partnership with the British Red Cross, with backing from the Duke of Cambridge. It will distribute money to charities and grassroots organisations.


360 Giving

Database of Funding= Search “Covid” to see what is available


Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust

has made changes to their application guidelines and processes for its Spring application round with the aim of supporting small and medium-sized charities, which may need extra assistance at this time.  Eligible projects are those that aim to improve the life chances of disadvantaged children, supporting early intervention and preventative work that will: improve the reach to targeted groups of 0–3 year olds; bring about improved defined outcomes for these targeted groups.  Grants will be paid as soon as possible after the closing date.


Arts Council England 

will be providing £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals hit by the coronavirus. Application guidelines will be posted on their website on March 30th 2020.


Premier League Community Facility Fund

committed 6 million per year for the next three years into a ring fenced facility pot, to be called the Premier League Community Facility Fund (PLCFF), to be accessed by professional clubs through their community organisations and managed and administered by the Football Foundation.


There is no application deadline. Contact or on 020 7864 9171 for more information


CSO is not at the moment able to provide funding application support but we have made arrangements with Tebussum Rashid of Sukhoon Ltd, who is our Fundraising Consultant to provide support with applications at reasonable cost.

Tebussum is available to assist CSO members at a discounted rate of £150 for half a day and £250 for full day with applications. You can contact her on