We Still Stand With The Sector

We, along with a wider group of funders, recognise that the impact of the covid-19 outbreak continues to have a significant impact on civil society groups, and want to offer renewed assurance that we stand with the sector at this time.

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As covid-19 hit our communities we saw how the incredible work of civil society groups helped people through the worst of times. We know civil society will also be crucial to the recovery and renewal of our communities beyond the crisis, and think it’s important to say that we’re not going anywhere – we’re going to be on the side of communities and civil society for the years ahead.

We recognise that these are difficult times for everyone – personally and professionally – and that there will be challenges ahead for us all. We are strongest when we work together, so if you receive grant* funding from us we are committed to:

  • Listening – we’re continuing to listen to the needs of our communities and civil society, and remain committed to the original pledges of the We Stand With The Sector statement on flexibility and responsiveness to these needs1.
  • Learning – we’re learning all the time about how we and civil society can strengthen our work together, and are thinking about how we can share and apply this learning2 so that we can continue to be effective funders for the future.
  • Long-term – we’re here for you in lockdowns, and we’ll still be here beyond crisis – we’re working hard to make sure our funding helps communities and civil society thrive now and in the years ahead, and will continue to be open with you as our funding response develops.

We’re proud to play our part in supporting the amazing work of people across civil society – from before covid-19, through the crisis, and into the future. We stand with the sector now, and always.

*This does not apply to commissioned services or contracts where there will be separate discussions between commissioners and provider organisations.

Signatories

  • AB Charitable Trust
  • Allen and Overy
  • Allen Lane Foundation
  • Badur Foundation
  • Barrow Cadbury Trust
  • Battersea Power Station Foundation
  • Berkeley Foundation
  • Berkshire Community Foundation
  • Bromley Trust
  • Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
  • Cambridgeshire Community Foundation
  • Camden Giving
  • Caretech Charitable Foundation
  • Chandler Foundation
  • City and Guilds
  • City Bridge Trust
  • Cloudesley
  • Commonweal Housing
  • Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
  • Corra Foundation
  • COSARAF Charitable Foundation
  • Cripplegate Foundation
  • Crisen Foundation
  • Do It Foundation
  • Dr Edward and Bishop King’s Fulham Charity
  • Dulverton Trust
  • Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
  • Frederick Mulder Foundation
  • Friends Provident Foundation
  • Garfield Weston Foundation
  • Girdlers’ Company Charitable Trust
  • Grabiner Family Office
  • Greater London Authority
  • Greggs Foundation
  • Haberdashers’ Company
  • Harpur Trust
  • Heathrow Community Trust
  • Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation
  • Impact 100 London
  • Joffe Charitable Trust
  • John Booth Charitable Foundation
  • John Ellerman Foundation
  • John Laing Charitable Trust
  • John Lewis Foundation
  • John Lyon’s Charity
  • Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust
  • Kensington and Chelsea Foundation
  • KPMG Foundation
  • Kurt und Maria Dohle Stiftung Foundation
  • Leatherseller’s Company Charitable Fund
  • Leeds Community Foundation
  • Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales
  • London Borough of Hackney
  • London Borough of Lambeth
  • London Borough of Redbridge
  • London Borough of Sutton
  • London Community Foundation
  • London Marathon Charitable Trust
  • London Sport
  • London Youth
  • Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing
  • Nesta
  • Paddington Development Trust
  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation
  • Peabody Community Fund
  • Pears Foundation
  • Power to Change
  • Quartet Community Foundation
  • Sir George Martin Trust
  • Sir Walter St John’s Educational Charity
  • Smallwood Trust
  • Social Investment Business
  • St Giles and St George
  • St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation
  • Steve Morgan Foundation
  • Sussex Community Foundation
  • Synchronicity Earth
  • The A Team Foundation
  • The Access to Justice Foundation
  • The Aurum Charitable Trust
  • The Co-op Foundation
  • The Funding Network
  • The Legal Education Foundation
  • The Lord Mayor’s Appeal
  • The Musician’s Company
  • Trust for London
  • Tudor Trust
  • Tuizen Foundation
  • Two Magpies Fund
  • Two Ridings Community Foundation
  • Vision Foundation
  • William Grant Foundation
  • Wiltshire Community Foundation
  • Wimbledon Foundation
  • Wolfson Foundation
  • Worshipful Company of Cooks
  • Young Barnet Foundation
  • Young Brent Foundation
  • Young Harrow Foundation
  • Young K&C
  • Youth Music
  • Zing
  1. These pledges are: adapting activities (“we recognise that you may experience difficulties achieving some of the outputs or outcomes we agreed for your grant during the outbreak, and would like to be able to maintain our grant payments to you at originally-agreed levels during this period, so please have a conversation with us if you are affected in this way”); discussing dates (“we don’t want to add pressure, so if you think you will struggle to meet a reporting deadline please get in touch with us so that we can agree a more realistic time for you to get things to us wherever possible”); financial flexibility (“we know you may need to use your funding to help cover sickness, purchase equipment, or deliver services differently, and we will be reasonable if you need to move money between budget headings to ensure your work can continue”); and listening to you (“we are here if you want to talk to us about the situation you’re facing, but we’ll wait for you to call us so that these conversations are at the right time for you”). 
  2. https://www.ivar.org.uk/covid-19/ 

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