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During this current climate of change and uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not accepting external grant applications from organisations.

This difficult decision has been taken in response to the unprecedented challenges our country, organisations and communities are facing at this time. Our focus is and must continue to be on meeting the need of individuals and families at their time of need through our local caseworking, care services, advice services and individual grants capability. We will of course review the situation and hope that, once life in the UK returns to its pre-March 2020 state – or an approximation thereof – we will reopen our External Grants programme.

In the meantime you may wish to explore other funding opportunities, such as the National Emergencies Trust’s Coronavirus Appeal. For more information, and to apply for support for your organisation, please contact your local community foundation. You may also wish to monitor the National Council for Voluntary Organisations’ expert pandemic guidance for charities in the UK.

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust is launching an emergency grant programme to support highly vulnerable veterans in April. More information is available on the Trust’s website.

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