30 Mar 2022
Data insights for funders
11 Apr 2022
To make sure our members have access to the relevant insights and data to support London’s communities through the cost of living crisis and beyond, we’ve put together a list of relevant resources below, which will be updated on a regular basis.
London Community Response - Together for London: cost of living appeal. More information available here.
The Felix Project - Empty Plate Emergency Appeal. More information available here.
If you are a funder looking to work with others around the cost of living at a local level, check out details of the activity underway and get in touch with your local place-based giving scheme, as they may be able to distribute funding on your behalf to groups who need it most.
Islington Giving have launched their Islington Crisis Appeal. Funding from this appeal will be used by partners to provide financial help, alongside support and advice to ensure residents in financial distress can get the right help for the issues they are facing
The Kensington and Chelsea Foundation’s Winter Appeal will support residents who need help with fuel payments or cash for essential items. The appeal will also offer specialist advice from local partners.
Hackney Giving have launched a cost of living appeal which will offer grants to cover food and other necessities, contribute towards utility bills or provide meals in a community setting. Funds can also be used for after-school and holiday provisions. They are inviting local businesses to take part.
Harrow Giving has launched a campaign to help fund Warm Hubs with Avia. Donations will go to hot meals, practical saving energy costs, wellbeing sessions and more.
Merton Giving’s Building Resilience fund is providing short-term funding (up to 12 months) and will focus on addressing issues identified as those needing support in the borough in addition to those vulnerabilities arising and exacerbated by the economic crisis.
At Camden Giving, they are turning around applications for food banks in less than 2 weeks with a regular participatory grantmaking programme. They are also developing a programme to support projects that tackles longer terms structural inequalities alongside the urgent costs faced by those in the borough.
Barking and Dagenham Giving 'Fuel Up' campaign seek to help community members in need and are encouraging those who can to donate some or all of their monthly £67 government energy rebate that is being sent to every household. Donations will be used to provide vouchers to those in need, through the BD Collective’s Food Network, a network that supports 20 local organisations that provide essential food and other necessities to vulnerable residents.
We heard from charities and community groups during our Cost of Living Week that what they want to see from funders right now is flexibility and trust to 'get on with the job'. To build on this and the positive steps funders took during the pandemic, we encourage all our members Sign up to IVAR’s eight commitment on funding in an open and trusting way here.
Join our ongoing funder collaboration Propel, which aims to provide long-term, flexible support to London's civil society. Read more about that here.
Become a Living Wage Funder, you can read more about how to become one here.
Publish your cost of living grants on 360Giving's tracker here. This will help us understand better the collective response to the cost of living crisis.
Contribute to the functionality of funding portal helping individuals: Lighting Reach is a free online portal that connects individuals to financial support available from various sources, quickly and securely - all in one place. This may include grants from charities, local council funding or support with utility bills. The portal is open for direct applications from individuals. You can signpost people to the portal so they can discover what support is available to them here.
Lightening Reach are starting to work on developing the functionality to enable support organisations to apply on behalf of clients, and are working closely with a range of local authorities, charities and housing associations to do this. If you would be interested to participate in testing the functionality or using this feature when it becomes available, please contact email@example.com