Many government, local authority, charitable and private funders are stepping up to help facilitate responses to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak. Some are also donating food, premises or equipment to help with the local food response.
Follow the links in the menu on the right to find out more. If you know of funds available to help with food, farming and fishing related Covid-19 responses, please let us know and we will be able to circulate this information to our extensive networks.
Other funders have been contacting Sustain to ask for our advice. If you have ideas for food resilience initiatives that could be funded as part of the Covid-19 coronavirus emergency response, please get in touch.
Flexibility from your current funder
You may work for a charity, social enterprise or organisation and want to adapt what you are doing in order to respond effectively to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak by redeploying existing staff and resources. Many have signed up to a Covid-19 Funders statement that signals that they are responding compassionately and flexibly in light of the national emergency. Get in touch with your grant officer if you want to discuss your needs and circumstances.
Signatories to the Covid-19 Funders statement say that if your community, services or organisation are affected by the covid-19 outbreak, and you receive grant funding from one of the signatories, they are committed to:
"Adapting activities – we recognise that you may experience difficulties achieving some of the outputs or outcomes we agreed for your grant during the outbreak, and would like to be able to maintain our grant payments to you at originally-agreed levels during this period, so please have a conversation with us if you are affected in this way."
"Discussing dates – we don’t want to add pressure, so if you think you will struggle to meet a reporting deadline please get in touch with us so that we can agree a more realistic time for you to get things to us wherever possible."
"Financial flexibility – we know you may need to use your funding to help cover sickness, purchase equipment, or deliver services differently, and we will be reasonable if you need to move money between budget headings to ensure your work can continue."
"Listening to you – we are here if you want to talk to us about the situation you’re facing, but we’ll wait for you to call us so that these conversations are at the right time for you."
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