Supporting Existing Grantees

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation


Name of Fund: Coronavirus Funding

Organisations that are already in receipt of funding from the Esmee Fairbairn foundation may be eligible to receive a share of £16million of additional funding which has been made available in response to the coronavirus pandemic. More details will be made available over the next two weeks.—reassurance-for-those-we-fund

The FORE Trust

The Fore Trust

Name of Fund: COVID-19 Response: RAFT

The RAFT (Rapid Action by The Fore Trusts) programme has been launched to support small charities and social enterprises adversely affected by the crisis. The RAFT Fund offers grants of up to £5,000 to existing grantees so that they are able to meet the rapidly changing needs of their beneficiaries, remain viable and prepare for delivery for when the acute phase of the coronavirus pandemic is over.

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (UK)


In response to the coronavirus crisis, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is making at least £5 million available in funding for its second phase of support for the period May to December 2020. Funding will include emergency grants for current grantees who are facing immediate financial crisis; 12-month grant extensions for current grantees with ongoing projects; and grant increases to enable current grantees to meet costs associated with adapting activities in order to sustain work. The Trust will also launch a Covid-19 Initiatives Fund over the summer which will be open to grantees and non-grantees to support new initiatives that either challenge current responses to and narratives about the crisis, or build support for systemic change in a post-Covid society.

The Rank Foundation

Rank Foundation

Name of Fund: Emergency and Resilience Funds

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Rank Foundation has temporarily suspended its major grants programme to focus on the immediate operational needs of its network. The Foundation has launched two funds to help existing network and current grant recipients:

  • The Emergency Fund is for immediate grants of up to £750 to purchase equipment, technology or memberships;
  • The Resilience Fund will provide grants to cover cashflow, fundraising and loss of income, and to help with increased demand for services.

The Will Charitable Trust

The Will Charitable Trust

Name of Fund: Emergency Funding

The Will Charitable Trust is currently focussing on providing grants of up to £5,000 to charities in urgent financial need that have previously received support, so that they can concentrate on their response to the difficulties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Further funds will be made available next month for potentially larger awards.