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Covid-19 Response Update


Since the start of the pandemic and in addition to our existing commitments, JLF has awarded 25 Covid-19 emergency grants with a total value of £280,512 to support 20 organisations in the UK and Israel.

These grants have helped organisations to move their existing services online, develop new services to respond to needs caused by the pandemic, and to make up for losses in income due to cancelled fundraising activities.

The grants are split into two categories:

  • additional funding to some of our existing grantees who support autistic children and young people:  Ambitious About Autism, Autism NI, Resources for Autism and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • grants to organisations we have not previously supported – to help with a wide range of activities including youth services during the school holidays, production of face masks for disabled people, support for refugees and asylum seekers, online mentoring for young women, and food bank provision.

You can find out more about the grants we’ve awarded by clicking here:

We have also continued to work with other funders as part of the London Community Response which offers a single application point for charities and community groups working in London – helping them to access funding from multiple funders in a fast and efficient way.

We recognise that the Covid-19 pandemic will continue to have a negative impact on people and communities – and the organisations that support them – well into 2021. At this stage, we plan to continue our emergency funding until March 2021 and are currently developing our grantmaking plans for April onwards. 

We will be focusing in particular on organisations working with disadvantaged young people in the areas of education, employment and mental health and will continue to be proactive in seeking out projects to support rather than accepting grant applications.