18th Mar 2020

As you may be aware, funders including the County Durham Community Foundation and the National Lottery Community Fund have issued statements this week assuring flexibility with grant holders anxious about delivering on agreed outcomes.

This helpful reassurance flags up an issue likely to be faced by many organisations affected by coronavirus.

All funders are aware that this is a unique and difficult situation and want to help. They would like to be kept up to date about what your problems are and will be understanding and flexible towards these, but you must let them know what’s happening!

Our advice is to talk to your funders as soon as possible about the likely effect COVID-19 will have/is having on both the timescale and delivery of the outcomes of their funding and discuss what may now be possible or not.

Be prepared also for a delay in them getting back to you straight away – lots of organisations are in the same position and many funders will now be working from home.

Over 100 funders have signed a COVID-19 Funders Statement led by London Funders which states that:

We(London Funders), 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.  We wish to be as helpful as possible during the coming weeks and months so that civil society groups can focus on the vital work of supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.  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.”

Funders that have signed up to this statement so far include BBC Children in Need, Comic Relief, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Lloyds Bank Foundation of England and Wales, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Tudor Trust and Virgin Money Foundation.

For full details please visit their website

For support from DCA during this unprecedented time, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01388 742040 or by email

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