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Funders pledge to support grantees affected by the coronavirus outbreak

An alliance of funders from across sectors has come together to sign a joint statement pledging to offer support to civil society groups affected by the coronavirus outbreak.  Initial signatories include the Mayor of London, independent funders City Bridge Trust and Trust for London, the Social Investment Business and local councils in Camden and Southwark.

Coordinated by London Funders – the membership body of funders of London’s civil society - organisations from across the funding spectrum have recognised that Covid-19 is an exceptional event that will almost certainly affect charity staffing. Beneficiaries may need to be supported differently during these unprecedented times as well.

To support organisations affected by the outbreak, grant funders have committed to four main ways of working. These are:

  1. Adapting activities – acknowledging that agreed outcomes may not be achieved in the timeframes originally set.
  2. Discussing dates – not adding pressure on organisations to meet tight reporting deadlines.
  3. Financial flexibility – allowing organisations to use money differently e.g. buying equipment and covering staff sickness
  4. Listening – encouraging frank conversations between funders and grantees, with funders being supportive of their needs.


The founding signatories are The Berkeley Foundation, Camden Giving, City Bridge Trust, Cloudesley, Cripplegate Foundation, Greater London Authority, Islington Giving, Joseph Levy Foundation, John Lyon's Charity, Lankelly Chase, Lloyds Bank Foundation of England and Wales, London Borough of Camden, London Borough of Southwark, London Catalyst, Mayor of London, Metropolitan Migration Foundation, MOPAC, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Social Investment Business, Trust for London, Tudor Trust, Wimbledon Foundation, Young Camden Foundation and Young Hammersmith & Fulham Foundation. London Funders is expecting the alliance to widen significantly over the coming weeks.

Although this statement is being coordinated by London Funders, it is not only for their members or funders in London.

David Farnsworth (Director & Chief Grants Officer, City Bridge Trust) said:

“We believe that working together at this time to provide assurance and support to civil society is essential during this difficult period for the sector. City Bridge Trust encourages other funders to join this alliance - to co-sign and pledge their commitment to the communities they serve.”

Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement, Debbie Weekes-Bernard, said: “London’s civil society groups play a key role in our communities, providing vital services, often with limited resources, and truly reflect the very best of our city.

“That’s why it is important that City Hall is working with others to provide support and alleviate the additional pressures on civil society groups posed by coronavirus"

“In these unprecedented times, it is more important than ever that we stand in solidarity with those who dedicate their lives to supporting others.”


Invitation to attend BME young people's engagement event on police complaints is cancelled

DateSaturday 28th March 2020 between 10am and 3.15pm (registration from 9.30am)

VenueOsmani Centre, 58 Underwood Road, Whitechapel, London, E1 5AW

Lunch and refreshments will be provided by the IOPC.

Places are limited contact us no later than Tuesday 10th March.