Suffolk Community Foundation recognises that the COVID-19 outbreak is an exceptional event that will have an impact on local charities and community groups. We want to offer reassurance that we all stand together to address these challenges. Communication is essential and we wish to be as helpful as possible during the coming weeks and months so that you can focus on the vital work of supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. We understand that there will be times when staff and volunteers will not be available, when beneficiaries may need services to be provided in different ways, or when systems need to be flexible to ensure that needs are met.
If your community, services or organisation are affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, and you receive 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 we are delaying all end of project evaluation reporting for three months;
- Financial flexibility – we know you may need to use your funding to deliver services differently;
- Listening to you – we are here and encourage you to talk to us about the situations you are facing, and likewise we may well be in touch to draw upon your experience and expertise
Where we have any news on emergency funding we commit to publishing this on our web page so you can see all available programmes in one place.
We are all still here working hard for you. Please feel free to pick up the phone. We will of course, endeavour to inform you in the event of any further developments.