Almost 100 funders sign statement pledging charity support during Covid-19

Melanie May | 17 March 2020 | News

As of Monday evening (16 March) some 93 funders had co-signed a statement pledging to support civil society groups affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Coordinated by London Funders (but not limited to those within London), the statement says that the funders recognise that the outbreak is an ‘exceptional event that will have an impact on civil society groups, and want to offer reassurance that we stand with the sector during this time.’
It also says:

‘We understand that there will be times when staff and volunteers will not be available, when beneficiaries may need services to be provided in different ways, or when systems need to be flexible to ensure that needs are met.’

As a result, it states, if a civil society group’s community, services or organisation are affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, and they receive grant funding from these organisations, the organisations are committed to:

The pledge applies only to grants, and not to commissioned services or contracts, for which there will be separate discussions between commissioners and provider organisations.
It also says that the funders recognise that there may be further shocks to the system caused by Covid-19 that may impact on other income streams, or require a more urgent response from funders, and that where the funders have any news on emergency funding they commit to publishing this on the London Funders web page so groups can see all available programmes in one place.
Signatories include:

More are invited to sign the statement, and can to get in touch at info@londonfunders.org.uk.

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