New emergency support fund announced to help community and voluntary organisations

Our members the Greater London Authority and the City Bridge Trust have contributed £1m each to launch a new fund to support London’s voluntary sector. This is an initial contribution and we are working with funders from across sectors to bring more money together in response to community need.

Update (24/03) 

John Lyon’s Charity has ring-fenced £500,000 towards the effort, £500,000 of funding has been announced by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and a further £200,000 has been contributed by the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust. Click here for a full press release. 

Update (25/03) 

Bloomberg L.P., the leading financial technology and information company, is contributing £1million to the London Community Response Fund, a new mechanism to support London’s civil society and cultural groups affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The contribution from Bloomberg was announced alongside the decision from Trust for London to allocate £500,000 to the effort. Click here for a full press release. 

Update (01/04)

More funders have come together to contribute towards the London Community Response, bringing the total funds pledged to over £8 million for emergency financial support. The Westminster Foundation, led by the Duke of Westminster, has given £500,000 to the funding pot, while Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity has put the same amount towards supporting organisations across Lambeth and Southwark. The Clothworkers’ Foundation has pledged £300,000 to support civil society organisations, The Kensington and Chelsea Foundation has allocated £270,000 so far, Islington Giving has ringfenced spending £180,000 to help the sector, and lastly the London Legal Support Trust has given £50,000 in funding.  

And in Southwark, a group of local funders have come together to create a Southwark-specific fund as part of the London Community Response.  Half of the contribution from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity is joined by others from United St Saviour’s Charity, Peter Minet Trust and Southwark Charities, with a total of £455,000 earmarked for Southwark’s communities. Click here for a full press release. 

The London Community Response - which will be coordinated by London Funders - will be available to organisations facing immediate financial pressures and uncertainty because of the coronavirus. These include increasing demands for services, higher staff absences, fewer volunteers and lower donations.

As the emergency scheme develops, a variety of funders from across London will pool their resources and expertise to help these organisations. Many have small teams and rely on the support of volunteers to help vulnerable Londoners, such as those on low incomes and victims of domestic violence.

A special section of the website has been created to help link organisations in need of volunteers with individuals wanting to sign up to help too.

The Mayor of London is making a plea to other funding organisations (including central government) to contribute to this fund. Click here for a press release from the Mayor’s team.

More news from London Funders

London Funders has coordinated the Covid-19 funder pledge. This is a national statement from funders that they "stand with the sector" during the covid-19 crisis. 

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