Coronavirus Survey Feedback

Date Posted:07/04/2020


Thank you

Thank you to all charities and community groups who took part in our urgent survey to find out how we can best support you at this time. This helps us to better understand your needs during the Coronavirus public health crisis.

How we will use this information

We are using the responses to influence and lobby for more funding for the sector and to help shape emergency response programmes; to use with conversations that we have with Central Government, Local Government, The National Emergencies Trust, our national network of Community Foundations and other donors and stakeholders.

What we found out

We asked you what you thought  the immediate and longer term impact of the Coronavirus outbreak would be. You responded in the following way:

Immediate impact:

Loss of volunteers; staffing cuts; loss of income and reliance on reserves; services forced to close; having to adapt to provide advice and support online; loss of  communications and contact with beneficiaries; rise in referrals for food aid and other essentials; drop in food bank donations; increased fuel and transport costs for delivery services; cancellation of activities and events that bring the community together; change in direction of group activity in order to meet the need in the current public health crisis; lack of funding to provide essential support risks ability to support vulnerable people. 

Longer term impact:

Ongoing impact of staffing cuts and loss of revenue; without financial support, risk of community groups and charities closing permanently; struggle to provide and a loss of vital services; increasing demand for services with limited funding and restricted service offer; loss of income for community freelance staff such as artists due to events not taking place; re-building community as a result of the public health crisis; reacting to an increase in emotional and mental health needs within the community; helping groups get back up and running; risk of a greatly reduced charitable and community sector.

Some of your key concerns:

That funding will simply be diverted to new groups and there will be increased competition for existing services; the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on beneficiaries especially emotional, mental and physical wellbeing; cancellation of face to face events and contact having a negative impact on community cohesion; loss of access to infrastructure advice, support and training; more demand on services with less funding and resources to meet the need; ensuring safeguarding is in place for volunteers and clients during this time; reaching vulnerable members of our community who are digitally excluded and the need to lobby for free wi-fi for all; the pressure of uncertainty, not knowing how long the public health crisis will last and how to plan accordingly.

We asked you how we could help. You responded in the following way:

Some key suggestions for how we can help:

To provide grants to help community groups respond to emergency need and help groups to adapt to working remotely and provide online services; funding for core costs and financial recovery; provide grants efficiently and quickly; promote and communicate funded activities helping vulnerable people during the Coronavirus outbreak; support local infrastructure organisations to continue to provide support for volunteers, advice and training; provide community leadership to encourage partnership working; provide positive news stories to help boost community morale and show the difference grants are making; ensure funded activity is providing the minimum/living wage; lobby and influence to ensure further funds reach Northamptonshire.; provide regular online updates and training.

Our reassurances to you at this time:

Northamptonshire Community Foundation stands should to shoulder with you at this time. We have taken your feedback on board and will act up on it as best as we can. We aim to be a flexible funder to help you adapt, respond and recover.

Therefore if you currently have an existing grant with us please read our statement; it highlights that we will work with you to delay activity, extend timescales, re-divert funds into essential activity and amend budgets accordingly to help: Statement on Coronavirus

Our Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust and donors will continue to fund essential work at this time helping groups to continue and adapt their activities and at a later stage provide funds to help community groups and charities financially recover: Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund

We are using the responses to influence and lobby for more funding for the sector and to help shape emergency response programmes; to use with conversations that we have with Central Government, Local Government, The National Emergencies Trust, our national network of Community Foundations and other donors and stakeholders.

We will provide regular communications via our website, email and social media to notify you of ongoing and new funding information, positive stories, key news and other updates. 

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