At this challenging time please be reassured that the Foundation is fully open and we have a range of active measures in place, as follows:

  • Over £12.25 million in donations has already been given by our Trustees during the lockdown period and we are convening exceptional meetings of Trustees as needed to expedite decisions.
  • We remain open to new applications and are flexible on timescales and reporting for current grantees.
  • We are taking a phased approach to grants, including resilience funding for core costs as well as planning for longer-term strategic projects.
  • We have a range of partnerships in place, including with The Fore for the RAFT fund for small charities to support cash flow.
  • Our pre-launch donation of £1 million to the National Emergency Trust has been distributed in partnership with Community Foundations to ensure funds reached those most in need.
  • We are collaborating with others to remain joined-up; including being on the Operations Working group for the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), being on the strategy team for the Association of Charitable Foundations an Arts Funders Hub.
  • The Foundation has robust technology and processes so can work well remotely – we are open!