We recognise that Covid-19 is challenging for the charitable sector in terms of unprecedented demand for charitable support and a simultaneous decline in funding. As a signatory to the Covid-19 Funders statement, we are standing behind our existing grant holders so that the people we support through our core programmes are not further disadvantaged.
As well as being flexible in how grant holders use our grant funding, we have made a number of small grants to enable existing grant holders to extend their charitable reach through emergency response. These initiatives range from providing NHS staff in ICUs with meals, supporting food banks and community hubs, counselling support for key workers, feeding livestock in rural communities to ensuring disadvantaged children get IT equipment to access their schoolwork. Our grants are published on 360 Giving Covid-19 tracker. We are proud of the members of our team helping the London Community Response Fund.
Each year we aim to distribute £15 million to charitable causes. Our giving is focused on Young People & Education, Older People & Housing and Church & Communities. This allows us to create positive change across generations, giving those we help the chance to live a fulfilling life now and in the future.
We expect to support 180 individual charities annually. We also provide high quality accommodation to 215 residents in our six almshouses, work closely with our associated schools which educate 18,000 children, and appoint 88 charity trustees and school governors.
We believe in nurturing and investing in opportunities to create positive change so that everyone has the potential to lead a fulfilling life.
People living in communities with some of the biggest challenges in the UK (particularly in parts of London where there is significant inequality, and in disadvantaged areas of East and North East England).
- Using our assets wisely and creatively for positive change in people’s lives, now and in the future;
- Making the most of our longevity and independence;
- Building strong relationships and partnerships; and
- Making knowledgeable decisions based on evidence and clarity of purpose.
Young People & Education has four strands: our Associated Schools; Mental Health and Wellbeing; Leadership; and Special Initiatives.
Older People & Housing works to prevent loneliness and isolation, which can be particularly acute amongst older people, but also supports initiatives that enable older people to share their skills and talents with others.
People thrive when communities thrive. Church & Communities recognises the critical role that churches and other community based organisations play within this.