JLF is a signatory to the Funders Pledge on Covid-19 which sets out our commitment to be as flexible as we can be during this period of uncertainty and change.

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.

Our trustees suspended JLF's current grants strategy and, in April 2020, established an initial Emergency Grant fund of £100,000 which has been allocated to organisations to help them deal with the ongoing crisis. Further funds have now been earmarked to extend our support to those most vulnerable in these challenging times. We will continue to allocate these funds proactively and we will remain closed to unsolicited grant applications.

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

As of the end of February 2021, JLF has 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