Emergency funding to help small charities survive Covid-19

The City’s largest independent funder has announced new emergency funding for 170 small charities in London to support them through Covid-19.

City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charity funder, is giving grants of up to £15,000 to all of the small charities it currently supports.

The funding will be given to all of City Bridge Trust’s grantees with a turnover of less than £500,000 to cope with the sudden unexpected loss of income due to Covid-19.

Around 170 small charities across London will benefit meaning an estimated £1,250,000 will be given in financial support.

The money will go towards supporting the charities with running costs and to help organisations in replacing loss of income, supporting them now and in the months ahead before society begins to return to normality.

The introduction of social isolation and measures such as working from home, office closures, and travel restrictions has meant that the voluntary and community sector, and others, have very suddenly and very drastically had to reduce or reshape their programmes and, with that, their ability to raise income will likely suffer.

The most significant and urgent issues grantees are facing is the sudden and unplanned loss of income from areas such as subscriptions, hall hire fees, attendance fees, fundraising events, donations, etc.

Dhruv Patel, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, said:

“The suddenness and scale of the Covid-19 pandemic has created shockwaves throughout the whole of society. It has also necessitated a raft of measures by Government which have had repercussions throughout all sectors including the voluntary and community sector.

“Communities need support to get through these tough times now more than ever and the valuable work of these small charities cannot be underestimated. This emergency funding will help them to continue playing a vital role in mobilising people and resources to help and protect people across the capital.

“The Trust has a crucial role to play in ensuring the sector stays strong and effective, particularly by helping the smaller charities that will be heavily impacted.”

Last month, City Bridge Trust pledged £1 million to a new emergency support fund to help London’s community and voluntary organisations affected by the impact of the COVID-19. The funder joined the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and London Funders a network of investors of London’s civil society, to launch the new fund, with an initial £1 million provided by CBT and another £1 million from the Mayor of London. The emergency scheme, which will be coordinated by London Funders, will be available to charities facing immediate financial pressures and uncertainty because of the coronavirus.

City Bridge Trust is the funding arm of the City of London Corporation’s charity, Bridge House Estates. It is London’s biggest independent grant giver, making grants of £20 million a year to tackle disadvantage across the capital. The Trust has awarded around 8,000 grants totalling over £400 million since it first began in 1995. It helps achieve the City Corporation’s aim of changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners.


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Notes to editors

About the City of London Corporation:

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally successful UK. 

About City Bridge Trust

City Bridge Trust is the funding arm of Bridge House Estates, a Registered Charity, with its primary aim the maintenance and support of five Thames bridges: Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Southwark, Blackfriars and the Millennium footbridge.

City Bridge Trust was established in 1995 to make use of funds surplus to bridge requirements and provides grants totalling around £20m per year towards charitable activity benefitting Greater London. The City of London Corporation is the sole trustee of the Bridge House Estates.