Funders award more than £11m in Covid-19 grants

28 Apr 2020 News

Funders have awarded more than £11m in Covid-19 grants, according to data from 360Giving.

The organisation's coronavirus response grants tracker is based on data published by UK grantmakers in the 360Giving Data Standard.

The grants tracker finds that 814 grants have been awarded to 776 recipients. These have been given by 25 funders and total £11,019,388.

This data only includes grants in British pounds that have already been awarded, rather than amounts committed to grant programmes. Not all foundations publish their grants as open data, and some publishers do not immediately publish their latest data.

'Working together needs to become the new normal'

Caroline Mason, chief executive of Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, said her organisation is using the tracker “to co-ordinate support with other funders”.

In a blog for the the funder's website, she said: “This is just one way we can work together and, from now on, working together needs to become the new normal. We all want to make an impact, and what we do – or don’t do – now could make more of a difference than ever before.”

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation announced it was making an additional £16m of funding available this year in response to the pandemic. Of this funding, £14m is to be given in “fast-response grants”. They will be given for the equivalent of six months, and capped at £60,000 per charity.

Donations from philanthropists 

Julia and Hans Rausing, via their trust, are allocating £15.3m in donations to UK charities working in sectors that have been acutely impacted by Covid-19 over the next six months. 

The donations are part of the £16.5m pledge announced last month to charities in the UK, which includes a £5m donation to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.

A full list of charities and organisations being supported can be found here.

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