Coronavirus Statement

Foundation News

Coronavirus Statement

15 Mar 2020

We are aware of and understand the many challenges that people and organisations we fund and stakeholders we work with may be facing due to the Coronavirus. We want to be as supportive as we can be, adapt and play our part in responding to this ever changing situation and that is why we’ve put processes in place to ensure we can continue to operate the Foundation as usual; and we’ve introduced a new Coronavirus Fund. 

To help and reassure you whilst we all navigate our way through the coming weeks, please note that; 

  • If you are awaiting a payment from us, be reassured that we will ensure this will go ahead as scheduled.
  • If you are concerned about meeting a reporting deadline or requirement, please get in touch and we will be happy to talk to you and make arrangements to support you.
  • If the situation is having an impact on your ability to deliver on a project we’ve funded, please get in touch with us and we can decide together what to do.

If you’re a grantee of the Foundation, our priority is always to support you to do your best work; we recognise that circumstances change and are proud to be a flexible funder who will adapt to the circumstances you are facing.

Our team are now working from home so we are recommending that you get in touch with us by email. To get in touch with the correct team, please select from the following:

General queries –
Grant queries –
Marketing and Communications –


Unfortunately, in line with Government advice & the measures being implemented in relation to coronavirus, we have had to postpone a number of our events. If we have not already we will be in touch about the new arrangements. For some events, we are currently exploring ways in which the event can be managed online. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.


In recognition of the emerging threat and the great contribution that communities are already offering, we have developed a New Needs Fund and groups wishing to apply can do so here. So far we have awarded £700,000 to 140 communities across Northern Ireland.


If you would like to contribute to this fund and support those most critically affected by the virus, you can make your donation here or contact 



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