28th Apr 2020

A message for our grantees and applicants - updated 28.4.20

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is having a major impact on communities and on the work of many small, local charities and community groups. We at the Community Foundation are continuing to do all that we can to keep on supporting the sector at this time.

  • First, there’s lots of good advice out there, including from NCVO and Connected Voice, which we encourage you to look at. We suggest that if you are furloughing, or plan to furlough, staff, you read the Government's guidance closely and get legal or HR advice. We have heard of some organisations thinking that furloughed staff may volunteer for them. Our understanding is that this will fail the requirements of the scheme and risks the organisation not getting grant from HMRC. The Charity Tax Group has detailed information which may help.
  • Second, we are continuing with business as usual at the Community Foundation and are open for grant applications. Our office is closed and staff are working from home, which might slow us down a bit. So, we ask that if you need to get in touch, you email us using general@communityfoundation.org.uk - that will help us deal with queries efficiently. If the matter is really urgent, you can still call in normal office hours. 
  • Third, many of you are supporting some of the most vulnerable people but are yourselves under extra pressure and uncertainty. So, we’re being as flexible as we can be about grants you already have. We know you may have to adapt your 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.
  • Lastly, although we hope this won’t happen, if we do find ourselves having to reduce our work further, we might have to close to new applications for a short period. If that happens, we’ll try to give as much notice as we can.

Last updated: 28 April 2020

Coronavirus Funds

We've set up two funds to help vulnerable people affected by the outbreak and to support the charitable sector to recover from its impact on their work. So far, we've targeted these funds to our existing grantees responding to the crisis. We are now open to wider 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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