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 delegated £2 million to initiatives to help organisations supporting vulnerable and at-risk groups.

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 launched our own Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme, designating up to £1.1 million to provide small and medium charities responding to the Covid-19 outbreak with capital grants of up to £5,000 eachPlease note that this programme is now closed to new applications. 
  • A grant of £100,000 was awarded to an existing grantee, RedR, to support their international response to Covid-19.
  • We have funded the development of DigiSafe, a new free step-by-step guide to digital safeguarding when designing new services or taking existing ones online. 
  • 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 out 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.