The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on those we support in a number of ways

We will continue to be as helpful and flexible as possible, given the lasting impact on local communities.

During the height of the pandemic and beyond, we took our own approach to proactively support the teams, charities and social enterprises in our network and importantly, the communities who rely on their work. We remained in contact with all of our current and prospective grantees, and we saw numerous examples of how organisations adapted (and are continuing to adapt) to meet the heightened needs of their communities. We also joined the COVID-19 Funders Pledge.

Here are some examples of the additional support we provided in response to the crisis:

/  UK

  • A relief grant to Make Your Way covered core operating expenses due to the sudden financial loss caused by the crisis.
  • Support towards cash flow challenges helped Well Grounded due to a significant reduction of traded income.
  • A grant to Woodshed Workshop provided care packages for vulnerable households, plus phone support costs. A follow up grant supported the team to manage core cash flow challenges due to a reduction in traded income.
  • At Roma Community Cares, a grant was used to purchase the equipment needed to deliver services online and by phone.
  • Support towards staff wages enabled Bike Stop Darlington to meet increased demand for its services.
  • A grant to Enactus UK provided laptops, laptop trolleys and enrichment content for secondary schools.

/  Hungary

  • At NMCKKSzSz Tanoda Network, a grant was used to purchase mobile internet subscriptions, along with communication and learning equipment, plus a grant to provide food for families facing hardship.
  • A relief grant to Live Consciously Association enabled the team to provide food donations for families in extreme hardship.
  • Support was given to Mahajana Foundation to provide vouchers for families facing hardship. This was used for food supplies, hygiene and cleaning products, as well as clothing items.

/  Laos

  • Emergency funding was given to the Buddhist Heritage Project towards hand sanitiser spray and food for children at the Buddhist Academy, Luang Prabang. Further support was provided towards core staff salaries, given the loss of tourism and the crucial income this usually provides.

As we learn to live with COVID-19, we continue to see the lasting impact of the virus and the measures taken to manage it. Where required, we will still consider additional support for our network on a case-by-case basis, in order to address the individual needs of each organisation.

If you have any questions about our COVID-19 response, please get in touch at