A message from Allchurches Trust: Coronavirus pandemic

22 MAY 2020
We stand with you during these challenging times
 
Allchurches Trust, along with many other Christian funders, recognises that the Covid-19 pandemic is an exceptional event that will have a significant impact on our beneficiaries and the people and places they support. 
 
We want to offer reassurance that we stand with you during this difficult time, and to thank you for continuing to provide such vital support to communities as your organisation adapts to the ever-changing situation. 
 
We’ve been inspired by the many examples already shared with us of our beneficiaries changing their model, support and activities as they look to continue to provide practical and pastoral care and support to the people they help in the most effective way possible.
 
We wish to be as helpful as we can during the coming weeks and months so that you can focus on your vital work. We understand that there will be times when your staff and volunteers will not be available and resource stretched, when the people you help may need services to be provided in different ways and that events or projects may need to be postponed. 
 
As a funder, we recognise the need for flexibility in these challenging times, and want to support you to meet changing needs. As an example, with our support, the Just Finance Foundation is temporarily re-deploying resources from its schools-focused Lifesavers programme to work with church and charity partners to increase its support for families in financial distress in these uncertain times.
 
If you wish to propose re-directing grant monies we have given for a specific purpose to meet urgent need in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, or anticipate experiencing difficulties achieving the project outcomes/impacts you outlined in your application or project proposal, then please email us atl@allchurches.co.uk with a brief explanation and we will come back to you as quickly as we can. We’ll also be flexible if you’re struggling to meet reporting deadlines in the months ahead.
 
The Trust has so far provided £250,000 funding to four charities actively involved in tackling increasing food poverty due to the pandemic, and while our own small team has been impacted by the crisis in terms of resource and administration of grants, our existing grant-giving programmes are currently running as normal. We are also now considering how best to continue to shape our Coronavirus response in the coming months.
 
While we cannot, at this time, provide additional funding related to the Coronavirus pandemic in response to requests from individual churches and charities, the Trust is looking to develop a new grants programme that will be open for applications later this year.
 
When available, this funding will aim to equip churches and Christian charities to respond to the changing needs of their communities as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. We will share more news on our website and on Twitter and Facebook when the programme is open for applications and would ask you do not contact our team regarding this funding before that time, as additional information is not yet available.
 
We look forward to continuing to make a positive difference in partnership with you. Keep safe and well.
 

Tim Carroll
Chairman
Allchurches Trust
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