Today (25 March 2020), Trust for London has pledged £500,000 to an emergency support fund to help community and voluntary organisations in London.
The emergency scheme - which is being 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. The scheme is supported by a variety of funders and organisations including Bloomberg, the Mayor of London and City Bridge Trust so that resources and expertise can be pooled to help organisations most in need.
Details of the funding programme’s first wave of applications will be published on the London Funders website in the coming days, and groups are encouraged to check the London Funders' news page for updates.
We encourage organisations that need emergency support to apply via the emergency scheme. Our priority will be to support employment rights and welfare advice work but the Fund will be open to requests for a broad range of work.
Bharat Mehta, Chief Executive at Trust for London said:
“Trust for London is committed to helping its grantees and the wider sector during this challenging time. We are pleased to contribute £500,000 to this vital fund. It is great to see the sector coming together, acting quickly and pooling resources to support vulnerable Londoners and communities affected by the pandemic.”
For more details, visit the dedicated London Community Response website.