1st Jul 2020

A message for grant applicants, donors and partners

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has had a major impact on communities and on the work of many small, local charities and community groups. The Community Foundation continues to do all it can to keep supporting our area's people and places at this time.

  • The Community Foundation is working as usual. But our office is closed and we are all currently based at home. So, if you need to get in touch, it's best to email us using general@communityfoundation.org.uk. But you can still call us on 0191 222 0945 in normal office hours. 
  • For charities and community organisations, there's lots of good advice out there, including from NCVO and Connected Voice, which we encourage you to look at.
  • We’re being as flexible as we can be about grants we made before the pandemic. We know organisations have had to adapt activities and that’s fine – just let us know . If you think you’re going to need to extend the timetable for activity we’ve funded, or you need more time to report to us, again, let us know.
  • If you're someone interested in giving - whether in response to the pandemic or more generally - we'd be happy to arrange a conversation by phone or over a video call. Contact Lisa Cappleman or Sandra King who will be happy to help. 

Last updated: 1 July 2020

Coronavirus Funds

We have funds to help vulnerable people affected by the outbreak and to support the charitable sector to recover from its impact on their work. We are open to requests for support and there is a call for applications on the website. If you are thinking of applying please read the information carefully before requesting funding - we will not be able to consider any applications which do not meet the criteria we have set out. However, if you do not fit the criteria for the Coronavirus funds, remember you can make a general application to us at any time whether it is directly linked to Coronavirus or not, so long as you are eligible for Community Foundation funding.

You can find out more about our Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund here and, if you want to support us, you can give on our JustGiving page, click here. We are also a distributor for the National Emergency Trust appeal - information about that is also on the fund page.

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