13th March 2020
We, along with a wider group of funders, recognise that the covid-19 outbreak is an exceptional event that will have an impact on civil society groups, and want to offer reassurance that we stand with the sector during this time.
We wish to be as helpful as possible during the coming weeks and months so that civil society groups can focus on the vital work of supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.
We understand that there will be times when staff and volunteers will not be available, when beneficiaries may need services to be provided in different ways, or when systems need to be flexible to ensure that needs are met.
If your community, services or organisation are affected by the covid-19 outbreak, and you receive grant funding from us, we are committed to:
We also recognise that there may be further shocks to the system caused by covid-19 that may impact on your other income streams, or require a more urgent response from funders. Any news on emergency funding will be published on the London Funders web page below so you can see all available programmes in one place.
This statement has been coordinated by London Funders, but is not only for their members or funders in London, so if you have other funders or supporters you think would like to sign this please ask them to get in touch with the team at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can see the current list of funders who have committed to this statement alongside us here.
To read the guidance collated by the NCVO on what steps you may need to take, please click here.
If you have any queries about your grant from Essex Community Foundation, please email us via email@example.com or call us on 01245 356018 to discuss your concerns. We are here to help if, and when, you need us.