Supporting Our Communities During the COVID-19 Crisis

The Clothworkers' Foundation recognises the need to support charities responding to the needs of communities affected by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. To date, we have awarded £1 million to initiatives to help organisations supporting vulnerable and at-risk groups, with a further £1 million to be disbursed in the coming weeks and months.

The grants we've made so far:

  • £500,000 to the National Emergencies Trust, which has launched a fundraising appeal to help those most affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The funds raised by the appeal will be distributed by the UK Community Foundation’s network.
  • Almost £300,000 to the London Community Response Fund. This is a new, collaborative fund to support London’s voluntary organisations, supported by funders from across sectors and responding to the needs of communities affected by Covid-19.
  • We've launched our own Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme, designating £700,000 to provide small and medium charities responding to the Covid-19 outbreak with capital grants of up to £5,000 each. We are now accepting applications. Please note: London charities cannot apply to this fund. Instead, they should apply to the London Community Response Fund.
  • We are continuing, as much as possible, with our normal grant-making process in support of capital projects across our nine programme areas. However, we have temporarily suspended applications for larger capital projects. Find our more on our 'What We Fund' page.

We know that charities and those they support will be affected in both the short term and long term. The Clothworkers’ Foundation will continue to work strategically, and in collaboration with other funders and charities, to support communities across the UK.