Civil Society Response

Non-profits, charities, foundations, etc.

๐Ÿ’ฌ WhatsApp Chat for Civil Society section ๐Ÿ’ฌ

Link Drop

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RSA Catalyst Programme


In April, the RSA launched a round of Catalyst Award funding for projects run by RSA Fellows that were responding to the impact of Covid-19. The next round of funding is anticipated to take place before the end of the year. Updates will be shared via the Catalyst Award webpage and the Fellowship newsletter


๐Ÿ”— is a searchable database of over $1 trillion in COVID-19 cash relief (and non-financial) resources available to small business and nonprofit entrepreneurs everywhere. at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, with a small but active team of global consultants and volunteers, and in partnership with institutions worldwide

Top tips and best practices for Youth Work

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Digital Youth work. Includes projects and hackathons

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Advice and Training

General Advice

Association of Charitable Foundations Resources


Summary of links on what third sector support organisations and government are doing.

Coronavirus: Advice for your organisation


โœ‰๏ธ[email protected]

NCVO, a network of 14,000 voluntary-sector organisations, provides an evolving library of useful info emphasising preventive health for stakeholders, contingency planning, and involving volunteers. They have made KnowHowNotProfit free to access ๐Ÿ”—(

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

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How to determine whether your essential services should still be operating. How to adapt your services to digital and remote channels.

Mayor of London Office


Help for voluntary organisations - advice, volunteering, apply for funding.

Local Resilience Forums (contact details)


List of Local Resilience Forums and their contact details. LRFs are multi-agency partnerships made up of representatives from local public services, including the emergency services, local authorities, the NHS, the Environment Agency and others. They work to identify potential risks and produce emergency plans to either prevent or mitigate the impact of any incident on their local communities.

Specific Advice

Strategy Advice


Catalyst COVID-19 strategy: building a scalable system for a sector-wide digital response. Catalyst is a UK collective of digital, design and data organisations, charities and funders.



Online newsroom company offering their newsrooms and software for free to NGOs so they can have all their news/resources/spokesperson contact details in one central hub to help media write stories about their initiatives more easily.

Leadership advice



Specifically targeted at CEOs, organiser and communities. Approaching the pandemic with a systems-thinking lens- A clear, cogent and easy-to-digest article from Phoebe Tickell, genetic engineer turned decentralised network evangelist. Member at #Enspiral. Fellow at #NewspeakHouse. Cofounder #FutureFarmLab and #TechForHumanity.

Coronavirus Continuity Planning for Social Businesses and Charities 


A Handbook of resources for Social Businesses and Charities

Techsoup: Resources for Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19

Tech resources for nonprofits

Civitates: Useful resources for civil society in times of the covid-19 outbreak.


Everyone is encouraged to add to this document, sharing other open-source resources in English. The resources are listed in alphabetical order.

Catalyst: List of services and resources for charities


Catalyst is a charitable initiative to increase the resilience and responsiveness of UK civil society, through digital, design and data. Weโ€™re an alliance of civil society organisations, funders, and digital agencies. 

Understanding Needs


Understanding the needs of people and communities in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic

How can philanthropists and foundations coordinate a COVID-19 response?


Link to 40 interviews with civil society organisations by the National Lottery Community Fund about the challenges they are facing. Also a blueprint of what role each organisation should take during Coronavirus.

Adapting to COVID-19: Sharing, learning, and supporting


How open governance nonprofit Global Integrity has adapted operationally and strategically.


Free webinars / training for charities and nonprofits #NPCOVID19


Google Sheet summarising free webinars and training. Coordinated by Lightful ( Running a webinar? Request edit access. Questions? Message

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Online training/support sessions to help charities impacted by COVID-19


Open Google Sheet with compilation of upcoming training events via webinar, Zoom workshops etc.

Free training for nonprofits

Human Resources training (Nonprofit Austin and League for Nonprofit Human Capital)


๐Ÿ“… 16 April 2020

This will include updates on COVID-19, conversation on the nonprofit HR response, and tools for creatively managing difficult decisions. Also free first consultation.




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Guide for refugee aid organisations across Europe. Also, trying to coordinate getting resources (food, hygine good, clothes) to those most in need.

Peer Communities

COVID-19 Charity Preparedness Group


A Facebook group for charities to share contingency plans for COVID-19.

Skill Swap group for fundraisers on furlough


Facebook group / skill swap between furloughed fundraisers working in charities in the UK. You get matched with a fundraiser who is also furloughed who has the same skillset as you, then you volunteer for each other's charities. (You can't work for your own charity, even in a different role).

Data Sources

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Database, API and web app which provides public information on the activities, locations and finances of the 168,000 charities registered in England and Wales. Free and open source.

UK Charity Commission


Registered Charities search in England and Wales. 

Descriptions of At-risk Groups (no source)

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—NB downloads spreadsheet:

Descriptions of at-risk groups: including older people, underlying health conditions and benefit claimants for health and disability. groups requiring additional support: including single-person households, households with no cars and prevalence of dementia and economic factors: key workers and vulnerable sectors. 

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—NB downloads spreadsheet:

Households on Universal Credit - Limited Capability for Work Entitlement: Descriptions of those who are receiving Universal Credit due to poor physical or mental health. Universal Credit is increasingly replacing legacy work-limiting illness related benefits including Employment and Support Allowance and Incapacity Benefit so it provides a more comprehensive measure of those out of work due to poor health and disability.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP), respiratory disease claimants: This measures those who are receiving additional financial help to manage conditions associated with respiratory diseases including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis, pneumoconiosis, heart and lung transplants and various lung diseases and diseases of the upper and lower respiratory tract.

Global Pandemic Prediction Dashboard


Aggregated forecasts on critical COVID-19 questions including global epidemiology, testing and tracking, medical interventions, government policy, economy and business, social and political impact, and clinical science.

Emergency Funds

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Institute of Fundraising


Links to more generic advice for charities, and then specific considerations for fundraisers.

GUIDE: How to get a forgivable loan for your nonprofit under the CARES act


How to get a forgivable loan for your U.S. nonprofit under the CARES Act.

Available Sources of Funding

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

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Links to funding available for charities in Scotland.

๐Ÿ’ธcheck each fund.

๐Ÿ“…check each fund.

Eligibility: check each fund.

Indigo Trust ยฃ2.5m emergency response pledge

๐Ÿ”—Press release:

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งยฃ1,000,000 to the Trussell Trust to support running foodbanks nationwide. Disruptions to supply chains, the impact of COVID-19 on volunteers and an anticipated rise in demand for their services as a result of economic hardship make these very difficult times for foodbanks up and down the country.

Apply: No clear application process - presumably given to the existing network of food banks.

๐Ÿ’ธNot specified (as of 11 April).

๐Ÿ“…Not specified.

Eligibility: Not specified.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งยฃ1,000,000 to National Emergencies Trust to support their Coronavirus Appeal.The trust will disburse money through community foundations across the UK.


Regional distribution of the National Emergencies Trust appeal (the main focus of much crisis fundraising).

Apply: Find your local funder here

๐Ÿ’ธcheck local community foundation.

๐Ÿ“…check local community foundation.

Eligibility: check local community foundation.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งยฃ500,000 to the Oxfordshire Community Foundation to re-grant to organisations most in need in the local area. Weekly webinars on Wednesdays at 2pm.

Apply here


๐Ÿ“…rolling programme, applications assessed every few days

Eligibility: maximum annual income: ยฃ3m; type of costs: core costs, project work, general expenses.

Global Giving


The nonprofit crowdfunding platform has set up a Coronavirus Relief Fund to support immediate response, and in an open letter, announced that itโ€™s also making $1,000 general support grants to any nonprofit to help bridge general support due to impacts on general operations, galas, etc.

Apply: not specified (as of 11 April)


๐Ÿ“…Not specified

Eligibility: "vetted non-profits"

Emergency support fund for non-profits in London


โœ‰๏ธ[email protected]

New emergency support fund announced to help community and voluntary organisations. Apply: will provide more details of how to apply in their newsletter (sign up link here).

๐Ÿ’ธnot specified publicly (as of 11 April) - sign up to newsletter

๐Ÿ“…not specified publicly (as of 11 April) - sign up to newsletter

Eligibility: not specified publicly (as of 11 April) - sign up to newsletter

Steve Morgan Foundation


โœ‰๏ธ[email protected]

A๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟIn North Wales, Merseyside and Cheshire west of M6. ยฃ1 million per week for 12 weeks. Emergency support for charities affected by COVID-19.

pply here.

๐Ÿ’ธNot specified as of 11th April

๐Ÿ“…Not specified as of 11th April

Eligibility: criteria in the form.

Liverpool community support fund


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Managed and distributed by The Community Foundation for Merseyside on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram. Apply here.

๐Ÿ’ธUp to ยฃ5000


Check individual grant programmes; some rolling.Eligibility: Voluntary, community and faith organisations, registered charities, social businesses, churches, PTAs and parish/town councils based in the Liverpool City Region and for projects specifically focussed on providing support relating to the coronavirus outbreak. Further eligibility criteria in the application form.

Arts Council England

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Aoronavirus crisis plan to compensate out-of-pocket artists and organisations. S

Apply here.

Organisations outside of the National Portfolio

๐Ÿ’ธUp to ยฃ35k

๐Ÿ“…Round 1 opened on 9 April and closes on 16 April; Round 2 opens on 16 April and closes on 30 April

Eligibility: Organisations with a track record in publicly funded culture. NPOs, Music Education Hubs and Creative People and Places lead organisations are not eligible to apply to this fund.


๐Ÿ’ธUp to ยฃ2500

๐Ÿ“…Round 1 opened on 9 April and closes on 16 April; Round 2 opens on 16 April and closes on 30 April

Eligibility: Creative practitioners whose main work is focused on these artforms and disciplines: Music; Theatre; Dance; Visual Arts; Literature; Combined Arts; Museums practice; Libraries (activity that helps deliver the Universal Library Offers).

Organisations in the National Portfolio

Eligibility: All organisations within the Arts Councilโ€™s 2018-22 National Portfolio of Organisations (including Bands 1-3, and Sector Support Organisations).

๐Ÿ’ธNot specified (as of 11 April)

๐Ÿ“…Not specified (as of 11 April)

The Community Foundation Northern Ireland


Apply here.

๐Ÿ’ธยฃ1000 to ยฃ10,000

๐Ÿ“… No deadline.

Eligibility: community organisations in Northern Ireland.

Focus on Isolated older people (aged over 50); as well as those people of all ages who are at increased risk, particularly in relation to poor mental health and wellbeing; vulnerable isolated people and families, particularly those living in rural areas; families where a parent/ both parents have lost their employment, or where children are living in poverty; children and young peopleโ€™s projects, particularly focusing on the voice of young people and connecting through creative mediums.

John Lewis Partnership Community Support Fund


Apply: not specified as of 11 April

๐Ÿ’ธnot specified as of 11 April

๐Ÿ“… not specified as of 11 April

COVID-19 Funders


โœ‰๏ธ[email protected]

Reassurance from 200 sector funders that they will stand with the sector during this crisis.

Expensify (not accepting applications)


Temporarily redirected all funds to emergency support for families in the SNAP food program (US).

TechForce19 (CLOSED)


NHSX is calling on all innovators who can support the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating during COVID-19 to apply for government funding of up to ยฃ25,000 to test their solution.

Tech Soup COVID-19 Response Fund

TechSoup, the leading nonprofit network facilitating distribution of technology solutions to civil society organizations globally, launched the COVID-19 Response Fund to help grassroots nonprofits make critical technology investments while continuing to serve the most vulnerable communities through the crisis and into the future.

Digital Fundraising Tools



Suite of tools for organisational fundraising (running campaigns, etc.).



Online fundraising site. Example of Coronavirus project:




Online fundraising site. Free for charities raising money during Coronavirus.

Discounts and Offers

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๐Ÿ”—Get paid Slack plans for free

Instant messaging platform Slack is offering free packages to not-for-Profits for the next 3 months.


Simulating an epidemic.


Free bundles for emergency frontline service providers. Video conferencing and webinar platform Go To Meeting is offering free emergency kits for frontline services for 3 months.

๐Ÿ”—Zoom discount from Charity Digital

Charity Digital are offering 50% discounts on Zoom video conferencing tool (ยฃ52 per year!).

โœ‰๏ธ [email protected] 

If youโ€™re building a resource for helping people related to COVID-19, we want to help. Write into for a free Craft license.

๐Ÿ”—Digital Candle

Free 1hr consultation with a digital expert.

Remote Working Guides for Charities

See also for General Remote Working:


๐Ÿ”—Charity Coronavirus Toolkit 1

How to respond to the immediate threat: checklist and resources to create a crisis response plan. 

๐Ÿ”—Charity Coronavirus Toolkit 2

How to thrive and survive; sustainability. Uses Charity Sector Data Store data to assess the near future and how to respond; resources and links to people who can help on a no-cost basis. 

๐Ÿ”—The Catalyst Medium Blog

Lots of suggestions for civil society on how to best use digital tools.

๐Ÿ”—How to choose the right video calling tool for your charity

Catalyst Digital Teams available to help charities respond to COVID-19


๐Ÿ”—Powerpoint summarising digital help:

Volunteer as a member of the digital team:



โœ‰๏ธ[email protected].

Catalyst offers support to anchor organisations, infrastructure bodies, federated charities, and networks of nonprofits. During Coronavirus, they are focusing on:

  • Identifying and collating multiple sources of data to create a deeper understanding of the greatest needs of civil society organisations and groups.
  • Openly mapping the capacity of the digital sector in order to match it to the priority needs.
  • Mobilising a collective response to needs identified, including informing how funding, technology and support can be rapidly made available

Digital Candle (digital advice)



One free hour of expert digital advice for charities. E.g. How can we adapt to the challenges of working from home? How can we collaborate remotely?

Digital Resources for the third and youth sector in Wales

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ๐Ÿ”— support for third sector organisations in Wales

Includes resources for charities, guidance on working with communities, and ethics. From ProMo-Cymru.

Advice on Cyber Security


Summary of advice from the National Cyber Security Centre on cyber security, adapted to charities.

Examples of Civil Initiatives


A Twitter thread of good examples of charities offering a well-thought-out, system-level strategy to address #COVID19


How the public help whilst staying home.


TechUK opens industry Coronavirus support hub for councils.


What to do when stuck at home. Museum Asks People To Recreate Paintings With Stuff They Can Find at Home.


Gangs in Brazil enforcing staying at home.


Buy meals for the NHS staff fighting COVID-19.

Digital service delivery for charities 


Compilation of case studies and best practice for charities running services online from Ross McCulloch (Third Sector Lab) and SCVO

Podcast about this here


Chayn Chatbot


Building Little Window: how we created a chatbot for Chayn