emergency community fund

Emergency Community Fund closing for applications on 14th June

The JLC in partnership with Work Avenue supports those across the community whose earnings have been directly affected by COVID-19. The fund specifically assists those who are ineligible for Government support or who face delays accessing Government funds.

The closing date for receiving initial applications is 14th June.

People likely to be eligible may include:

  • Those whose earnings or employment have been affected by COVID-19
  • Those who are recently self-employed and don’t have a 2018/2019 tax return
  • Those who became employed from 20th March 2020

If you feel you might be eligible, please visit the Work Avenue website to complete the initial form. Answers to some Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs] related to this scheme and other support are available here. Beyond this initial period of immediate assistance, Work Avenue is here to support people restart and grow their businesses or re-enter employment.

To date, the fund has supported 150 families with over £250,000 being allocated to households in 52 different postcodes in Bristol, Eastbourne, Edinburgh, Essex, Gateshead, Glasgow, Hertfordshire, Kent, Leeds, London, Liverpool and Manchester.

Most importantly the fund is helping people, so far over 465 people: more than 225 adults and more than 235 children. We have supported individuals, families large and small and those experiencing complex situations of with additional needs.

The economic impact has affected those on zero hours contracts, employees sometimes waiting up to two months for outstanding salaries to be paid, and some whose employers have opted for redundancies rather than furloughing. In some distressing cases there are employees who find themselves with salaries outstanding and no job to return to. 

Creative and entrepreneurial self-employed people and business owners have also been facing abrupt and challenging changes to their financial situation. These include artists, tradespeople, fitness professionals and companies that manage or supply to events.

To reassure anyone considering applying to the fund and to highlight how this crisis can impact any of us, below are some anonymous quotes from recipients of support from the Emergency Community Fund:

“I truly have tears in my eyes with the wonderful generosity funding you have given me.” And another “You have no idea what a difference you’ve made to the quality of life for my family.”

“The grant you have given me has given me hope for my business for the future.  You have ensured I can survive personally over the next few weeks, whilst your business advice meant that I have been able to receive a bounce back loan and begin to prepare my business to reopen soon.  I couldn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel before I contacted you, now I am hopeful for the future.”

The Emergency Community Fund closes on 30th June and finial initial applications need to be received by 14th June.


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.

For more information on the JLC, visit our website at www.thejlc.org

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