London Communities Coronavirus Appeal

By Kate Markey

As of today, we are launching the London Communities Coronavirus Appeal, which will mobilise essential funds to the Capital’s grassroots charities and community groups.

Grassroots charities and communitiy groups are vital for our communities most vulnerable people, now more than ever in the face of COVID19. But grassroots organisations are facing unprecedented challenges to maintain services and survive the crisis. Please help us to help them reach the people and communities who need them.

Local giving has an essential contribution alongside government support. And we know local people and local businesses want to support communities on their doorstep as well as national efforts. That’s why we are launching this Appeal. Funds raised through this Appeal will work closely with funds allocated to London through the NET Appeal.

We are delighted that Grosvenor, long-time partner to The London Community Foundation, is anchoring the London Communities Coronavirus Appeal with £250,000.

James Raynor, Chief Executive of Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, said:

This donation is one part of a whole programme of work right now supporting people and businesses in the West End and around London. Grosvenor has done this for centuries in times of crisis and today is no different. We want to help in whatever ways we can.

Donations will help organisations struggling to meet demand for local services while trying to operate with significantly less resource. LCF has a long history of working with grassroots organisations across the Capital. We know many are now forced to rapidly rethink how they can deliver services. They often rely heavily on volunteers to deliver their services and are already experiencing a loss of income from fundraising events and activities. We need our vital grassroots organisations to survive.

Which charities will get the funds?

The first phase of donations raised will provide emergency funding to charities and community groups supporting those people most vulnerable due to COVID19. This means small grants that can meet immediate needs of charities and community groups, like purchasing of equipment, computers and mobiles, so they can respond to demand differently. It also may include helping charities and community groups to partner on providing services. We will use our expertise and local knowledge to ensure these vital funds to get where they are needed.

We know there are immediate and obvious crisis points: food shortage and distribution; support for vulnerable people like the elderly, those with disabilities and also without housing. We are also collecting information on other emerging needs of people at risk, due to self-isolation, like domestic abuse and wider violence against women and girls.

Recovery funds will come later but immediate Appeal donations will focus on contributing to tackling the current crisis. We will use knowledge gained on the first phase of funding to inform how best we can support the grassroots sector next.

How to apply for funding

If you are an organisation looking for funding, please go to the London Community Response portal to apply for funding. This portal, hosted by London Funders, is an easy access point for organisations seeking urgent funds at this time. 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.

Working in partnership

We will also co-ordinate funding efforts with other key partners in London including other charitable funders, local resilience forums and specialist umbrella bodies. This will allow us to share intelligence on changing needs, so donations are responsive as possible and that small charitable organisations can receive funds quickly. We will follow best practice of funding charitable organisations during this crisis by aligning our work with the London Funders' Commitment: We Stand By The Sector.  

If you are a business, funder or an individual with a donation over £5,000 and would prefer to give by BACS, please contact us at CoronavirusAppeal@londoncf.org.uk and we will get back to you with the details you need.