"We stand with the sector" - funder response to Covid-19

An alliance of funders from across sectors has come together to sign a joint statement pledging to offer support to civil society groups affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Update (02.04.20) - over 250 funders hae signed the statement. Click here for a full press release. 

Coordinated by London Funders – the membership body of funders of London’s civil society - organisations from across the funding spectrum have recognised that Covid-19 is an exceptional event that will almost certainly affect charity staffing. Beneficiaries may need to be supported differently during these unprecedented times as well.

To support organisations affected by the outbreak, grant funders have committed to four main ways of working. These are:

  1. Adapting activities – acknowledging that agreed outcomes may not be achieved in the timeframes originally set.
  2. Discussing dates – not adding pressure on organisations to meet tight reporting deadlines.
  3. Financial flexibility – allowing organisations to use money differently e.g. buying equipment and covering staff sickness.
  4. Listening – encouraging frank conversations between funders and grantees, with funders being supportive of their needs.

Although this statement is being coordinated by London Funders, it is not only for their members or funders in London. If you are a funder and would like to added as a signatory to the statement then please just email us.

We believe that working together at this time to provide assurance and support to civil society is essential during this difficult period for the sector. City Bridge Trust encourages other funders to join this alliance - to co-sign and pledge their commitment to the communities they serve.

David Farnsworth (Director & Chief Grants Officer, City Bridge Trust, and Chair of London Funders)

London’s civil society groups play a key role in our communities, providing vital services, often with limited resources, and truly reflect the very best of our city.
That’s why it is important that City Hall is working with others to provide support and alleviate the additional pressures on civil society groups posed by coronavirus.
In these unprecedented times, it is more important than ever that we stand in solidarity with those who dedicate their lives to supporting others.

Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement, Debbie Weekes-Bernard