If your community, services or organisation are affected by the covid-19 outbreak, and you receive grant funding from us, we 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; and
- 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.
We are having to adapt the way in which we work and, while we are not closed to new applications, we recommend that, where possible, organisations intending to submit applications unrelated to the current situation delay until the beginning of May, when this guidance will be reviewed. This particularly applies to organisations who have not previously received funding from the Trusts.