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Our Response: Covid-19

Last update:  16th September 2020

The Samworth Foundation have aligned with the London Funders response to COVID 19 as we feel strongly that a co-ordinated response and approach by Foundations is essential.  We, along with a wider group of funders, recognise that the covid-19 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.   You can see the current list of funders who have committed to this statement alongside us at https://londonfunders.org.uk/about/covid-19

The Foundation wants to be as helpful as possible during the coming weeks and months so that our grantees can focus on their vital work.  We understand that there will be times when staff and volunteers will not be available, when your organisation may need services to be provided in different ways, or when systems need to be flexible to ensure that needs are met.

If you anticipate your organisation being impacted by the covid-19 outbreak, please get in touch with your grant manager directly.  We are fully committed to supporting you through this exceptional time.

Where we have any news on emergency funding relevant to our grantees, we commit to publishing this on our website; however due to information being updated on a daily basis, the Foundation will add links to other websites that list full details of grant funding available nationwide.  The main sources of information are:

National Lottery Heritage Fund***:  Green Recovery Challenge Fund  *** £40m fund closes on 2nd October 2020

Social Investment Business**:  The Resilience and Recovery Grant / Loan Fund  **£15m fund closes on the 30th September

Leicestershire Communities (LC)*:  List of Funding *LC includes local & national fund listings and is updated on a regular basis

Power to Change:  Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme  (now closed to new applications)

Charity Banks: List of emergency Funds

NCVO (free access during pandemic):  Funding Central