In light of these unprecedented times with the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, we want to update everyone on The London Community Foundation’s response to how we are operating and how we can support our beneficiary organisations and the communities they serve.
We have signed up to the London Funders Funder Statement of Commitments which outlines our commitment to collectively supporting the charitable organisations we are funding. This includes listening to changing needs, how we can support adapting activities and discussing reporting/ monitoring dates for open grants.
We recognise the challenges that London’s charitable organisations, who are providing vital support to their local communities, will be facing around service delivery, fundraising and staffing and want to ensure that we will help and not hinder.
We will continue to stay in touch with organisations, but if you have any urgent concerns or questions, please do contact firstname.lastname@example.org or your Programme Manager. If you currently have any funding with us, please note that we will let you know about your individual programme as soon we can. Please do bear with us as we may not be able to respond immediately to all individual enquiries we receive. We will, however, be in touch as soon as we can and will be updating our website as well.
We are also talking to our donors and partners whose funds we manage and will keep you updated as to these conversations relating to the grant(s) you may have with us.
Please note that our office is now closed but our operations are still up and running as our staff work remotely.
Looking for funding?
The first wave of urgent funding is now available via the the London Community Response Fund portal, coordinated by London Funders. Charitable organisations can apply for up to £5,000 focusing on urgent needs such as food and essentials. There will be further waves of funding available. Applying for this first round of funding doesn't mean you can't apply for further rounds of funding.
All emergency funds coming to or managed by LCF – including the National Emergencies Trust 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.
We encourage you to visit NCVO and the Small Charities Coalition who have compiled lists of helpful advice to charitable organisations. The Greater London Authority also has a page with volunteering advice and opportunities.
The London Community Foundation does not currently fund individuals, so do check out Turn2Us, which has advice on their website for individuals.
Please also visit the GOV.UK website for the most up to date information on the pandemic and how to stay healthy.
National Emergencies Trust launch Coronavirus appeal
The National Emergencies Trust recently launched an appeal to raise funds to help local charities to support those individuals suffering hardship as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The National Emergencies Trust will distribute money raised through a number of charitable organisations including local Community Foundations, like The London Community Foundation, to ensure it reaches those who need it most. Organisations in London can apply for funding via the London Community Response Fund portal here.
London Communities Coronavirus appeal
On 25 March we launched an appeal that will sit alongside funds received through the NET appeal. The London Communities Coronavirus appeal is raising funds towards the Capital's grassroots charities and community groups. Organisations in London can apply for funding via the London Community Response Fund portal here.
We wish you all the best during this time. Stay safe.