Advice for Charities on Financing and Fundraising

Latest Update: 12th April 2020 2:50pm


Funding available:

The Charities Aid Foundation [CAF] have announced a £5m emergency fund awarding up to £10,000 to charities with an income under £1m. More information and application details can be found here

[NB: CAF cannot fund "religious charities whose activities only promote the furtherance of their religion or only benefit their own religious members"]

The first wave of funds available for "urgent needs so that you can cover costs that you are incurring right now to support communities affected by the covid-19 outbreak" are open for applications from the London Community Response Fund website. These are for up to £5,000.

The second wave of funds are now open with two types of grants - "Crisis Response" and "Delivering differently".

Crisis response grants of up to £10,000 "to enable you to meet the immediate needs of communities, from food and essentials, to equipment and additional short-term staff costs".

Delivering differently grants of between £10,000 - £50,000 "to enable you to change the way you deliver your work to ensure it continues to meet the needs of your communities, from switching to digital channels to redeploying staff to boost your capacity at a time of increased demand.  In some circumstances we may consider grants above £50,000 but there must be a strong rationale in your application for this."

Organisations serving communities in Tower Hamlets, Hackney or Newham may be eligible for grants of up to £5,000 for the following priorities from the East End Emergency Fund:

• Emergency support for vulnerable older people in their homes, providing food, medicine and tele-befriending
• Emergency support for residents particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus e.g. those with pre-existing medical conditions, homeless residents, refugees and asylum seekers, vulnerable children and young people

The Leathersellers' Company have a small grants programme offering up to £3,000 (deadline 11th May) for those working with one or more of:

– the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless
– provision of food and essential supplies
– victims of domestic violence
– nursing care to vulnerable patients

Applications are open until 31st May for support from the Cadent Foundation. They recently awarded funds to support the Trussell Trust with the increased demands to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and Manchester, Merseyside and North London are areas where their support is targeted. More information here. Application page here. "Projects that help alleviate suffering and hardship of people in vulnerable situations" are one of the areas of work they support. 


Charity Bank have a page of emergency funding for charities being updated.

NCVO's Funding Central platform also has information to support finding and applying for grants.


Resources and guidance for Charities

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector has been produced by HM Government to help charities with governance and funding issues during Covid-19.

NCVO have collated a very broad range of advice and links, including on protecting staff and volunteers, developing a contingency plan, and advice from charities that support people with health conditions that could place them at greater risk of developing more serious symptoms (including Diabetes UK, Asthma UK and The British Heart Foundation).

SCVO have developed a similar page for those based in Scotland.


Charity Digital have prepared suggestions for charities’ communications related to coronavirus.

Posters and digital content is available to download from Public Health England.

The Fundraising Regulator have issued this advice for fundraising events.

The Institute of Fundraising also have advice for charities and plan to regular update this page.

Some of the steps taken by Jewish Care or the answers prepared for their FAQs could be useful or adapted for other community organisations working with at risk groups.

As in-person fundraising is not possible at this time, these resources on online crowd funding and digital fundraising may support charities considering finding or expanding alternative ways to raise funds for their work:

  • Charity Digital’s guide to the best online fundraising platforms for charities
  • The Good Exchange – “Digital technology that brings multiple grants, donations and fundraising activities together and instantly matches the grant makers and donors that have money to give, with the charities and community groups that need money is where it starts.”
  • Funraisin are offering free virtual, social and DIY fundraising site-packages to keep your fundraisers fundraising
  • Crowdfunder have made their platform 100% free for charities during the coronavirus crisis
  • Give as you live – platform that raises funds through online searching and online shopping
  • Amazon Smile – “a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases”

A group of London funders and foundations have issue this joint letter. Even if you don’t receive funding from those featured, there are approaches and assurances here you could seek from your major funders.

Bates Wells have prepared some summary information on various legal implications for organisations

Charity Commission Guidance on Risk Management