Early in the pandemic, JLF became a signatory to the Funders Pledge on Covid-19 which set out our commitment to be as flexible as possible during this period of uncertainty and change.

Two years on, we recognise that Covid-19 continues to have a significant impact for many people and organisations.   As such, we remain committed to the principles outlined in the pledge.

If your community, services or organisation are affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, and you receive grant funding from us, we are committed to:

  • Adapting activities – we recognise that you may experience difficulties achieving some of the outputs or outcomes we agreed for your grant during the outbreak, and would like to be able to maintain our grant payments to you at originally-agreed levels during this period, so please have a conversation with us if you are affected in this way;
  • Discussing dates – we don’t want to add pressure, so if you think you will struggle to meet a reporting deadline please get in touch with us so that we can agree a more realistic time for you to get things to us wherever possible.
  • Financial flexibility – we know you may need to use your funding to help cover sickness, purchase equipment, or deliver services differently, and we will be reasonable if you need to move money between budget headings to ensure your work can continue; and
  • Listening to you – we are here if you want to talk to us about the situation you’re facing, but we’ll wait for you to call us so that these conversations are at the right time for you.

At the onset of the pandemic, our trustees suspended JLF’s existing grants strategy and, in April 2020, established an initial Emergency Grant fund of £100,000 to help organisations to deal with the Covid-19 crisis.  Our trustees allocated a further £160,000 to that fund during 2020/21, awarding grants through a proactive process.

As well as supporting charities with whom we had established relationships, we also joined forces with more than 60 other funders to become part of the London Community Response. This initiative, set up in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, offered a single application point for charities and community groups – helping them to access funding from multiple funders in a fast and efficient way. 

By the end of March 2021, JLF had awarded a total of £307,112 in Covid-19 response grants. This is made up of a total of £125,575 to existing grantees - helping them adapt to the impact of the pandemic - plus a total of £181,537 to other organisations that are supporting people who have been particularly severely affected by the pandemic.

You can find out more about the emergency grants we've awarded by clicking here: https://covidtracker.threesixtygiving.org/funder/GB-CHC-1165225

We have now stopped providing Covid-19 response funding and we have set new funding priorities for 2021/22.   You can find out more about our current focus by clicking here.