Advice for charities including fundraising

Funding, support and information for charities:

UK Government guidance to manage financial difficulties in your charity caused by coronavirus

Charity Bank have a page of emergency funding for charities being updated, as well as a resilience and recovery loan fund.

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

More details have been release for charities in England to apply to the National Lottery Community Fund (information and criteria here).

How to apply for emergency funding in England:


A new wave of funding has been announced from the London Community Response – a coalition of over 60 funders who are working together to make it easier for charities to get the resources that they need during these unprecedented times. So far over £20m has been distributed to civil society organisations across all 33 London boroughs.

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

Resources and guidance for Charities

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.

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 UKAsthma UK and The British Heart Foundation).

SCVO have developed a similar page for those based in Scotland, including information on the Third Sector Resilience Fund which is now open to applications. Details on how to apply can be found here.

 OSCR, the Scottish Charities Regulartor have published guidance here.

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

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

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

Charity Commission Guidance on Risk Management


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.

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”

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.


About the jlc community portal

As each of us adapts to the coronavirus pandemic and measures to contain it, people and local groups have inspired with acts of kindness providing food, care and comfort. Our communal leadership and vital charities have been working well and working together to assist the community through this crisis.
The JLC connects and coordinates the Jewish charitable sector, strengthens and supports leadership across our community, and magnifies and amplifies the collective voice of our member organisations. Now is the time for cooperation and collective responsibility.
Working alongside the Board of Deputies at the beginning of the pandemic, the JLC regularly brought together CEOs from over 60 organisations. Our teams have been working with many more parts of the community every day during this crisis.
This portal is a development of that work, collating advice, resources and access to communal life online, in one place, for everyone across the Jewish community.

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