Coronavirus Response funding

London’s grassroots organisations are vital for our communities’ most vulnerable people, now more than ever in the face of COVID19/Coronavirus. We recognise the challenges organisations across London are facing around service, delivery, fundraising and staffing and want to ensure we help and not hinder during this time.

Apply for funding

If you are looking for urgent funding for your charitable organisation, please apply via the London Community Response portal.

About the London Community Response portal

To ensure we can respond to need quickly and reduce pressures on frontline organisations, LCF is working collaboratively with over 60 funders across London to provide emergency and response funding during the coronavirus crisis.

All emergency funds coming to or managed by LCF – including the National Emergencies Trust, the Co-op Food Fund and the London Communities Coronavirus Appeal – are being allocated through this portal. By working with other funders on this portal, we want to support the sector by reducing time spent applying for funds by creating one easy access point. This means if you apply through the portal your application may be assessed by another funder.

This portal, coordinated by London Funders, will be funding organisations in waves – from urgent needs in the short term to larger grants for service transformation costs and ongoing work to support communities, in due course.

Available funding

The London Community Response is open for applications for grants of up to £10,000 to help groups support Londoners affected by covid-19 over the next six months.

London Funders held an applicant support webinar on 16 November - click here to watch the webinar on YouTube.

Applications will be assessed on a first-come-first-served basis, with a final deadline of 5pm on Thursday 3 December 2020.

Please note that the Co-op Food funding allocated to London will be distributed via this portal. 

 If you have any questions, please contact applications@londoncf.org.uk. Please also take a look at this blog which explains the process in a bit more detail and answers some frequently asked questions.

What's been funded

The London Community Foundation has been awarding coronavirus response grants since early April 2020. We are committed to transparency which is why we are working with 360Giving to publish information about these grants.

To find out more about the range of organisations who have received funding, you can find a full list of grants awarded from April 2020 at 360Giving. We will be updating this monthly.

You can also download this data in the following Excel spreadsheet:

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Further information

The London Community Foundation signed the London Funders Funder Statement of Commitments, a series of commitments we, and other funders, have made to support frontline charities and community groups during this crisis. The funding commitments include listening to changing needs and how LCF can support adapting activities and discussing reporting/monitoring dates for your grant. In November 2020, we have resigned this pledge, 'Still standing with the sector' to assure organsations we will continue to listen, learn and support them.

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with your Programme Manager, phone us at 20 7582 5117 or email info@londoncf.org.uk.

For the latest updates, please check out our coronavirus/COVID19 blog which we will continuously be updating, sign up to our ebulletin and follow us on Twitter.

Last updated 26.11.20.