Latest grant-making: JRCT's response to Covid-19 and the Trust's most recent grants
19 August 2020
The Trust continues to work to respond to the needs of organisations during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In recent months we have offered emergency grants to help stabilise current grantees facing an immediate financial crisis precipitated by Covid-19.
We made a grant of £250,000 to Refugee Action's Respond and Adapt fund, which supports a mix of frontline services for migrants and asylum seekers.
Trustees also agreed an emergency grant of €100,000 for the European Programme on Integration and Migration (EPIM). This funding will help civil society organisations across Europe to support the rights of migrants and refugees in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. A grant of £62,000 was made to the Climate Coalition in support of their campaigning on climate.
In recognition of the huge impact of the crisis on our society, and of the vital importance of community-based responses, we made emergency grants of £100,000 each to the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and the Two Ridings Community Foundation in York – two exceptional organisations working to support those at the coalface in the specific communities with whom the Trust is most connected.
We made grant increases to existing grantees which have so far totalled more than £600,000. And we made 59 12-month grant extensions to current grantees with ongoing projects, whose final grant payment from JRCT fell between April 2020 and April 2021, with the purpose of providing organisations with additional financial security.
We also made 42 grants from an organisational support fund to assist smaller organisations with some of the unexpected costs of adapting operations.
Most recently, we launched a new phase of funding support for organisations in the light of the Covid-19 crisis - funding which specifically responds to the dual harms of the pandemic and systemic racism.
In addition to this, as part of our latest programmatic grant-making round, trustees approved 43 new grants amounting to £4.5 million at JRCT's quarterly board meeting in July.
Click here to see our latest grants.