We launched the CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund, which provides grants of up to £10,000 to UK-based smaller charitable organisations that have been directly impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. So far, the fund has paid out more than £2.3 million in grants to nearly 500 charities across the UK.
Applications for the Fund are currently paused – we have already received requests for over £39 million of support and are assessing these as quickly and as fairly as possible. We hope to expand the fund through donations from businesses and individuals in order to continue awarding the grants to struggling charities.

Redesigning purpose driven frameworks in the face of rapid change

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Global Support: World Health Organisation launch fund to support at-risk communities

The World Health Organisation is leading and coordinating the global effort, supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the outbreak. You can make donations through your CAF Account.

Donate to WHO COVID-19 fund


National Support: The Coronavirus Appeal launches in the UK

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is launching a fundraising appeal to help those most affected by the recent coronavirus outbreak. You can make a donation to support this appeal from your CAF Account. Alternatively you can support them directly.

Donate via NET’s appeal page


Below are examples of charities carrying out specific work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are aware that there are many more UK and international charities carrying out important work, and so the below should serve as a reference point. Please get in touch with us if you wish to explore other options.


Ten charities across the UK, from Crisis to smaller organisations, wrote a letter to the Prime Minsiter urging the government to make extra provisions for rough sleepers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Charities included:  CrisisCentrepointShelter CymruHomeless Network ScotlandThames ReachGroundswell and The Passage


Mental Health

Mind has two confidential helplines (Mind Infoline and Legal line) to provide mental health information services. They also offer an online community (Elefriends), to provide people with a safe space to listen, share and be heard. The Mental Health Foundation is also part of the UK’s mental health response to COVID-19.


Vulnerable Elderly Populations

Age UK offers befriending services (phone or in person), information and advice (including a confidential advice line). The London Irish Centre launched a St. Patrick’s appeal to provide additional services to the elderly. Crisis Aid has launched a coronavirus emergency fund where a team will be working around the clock checking on elderly and vulnerable people.


Vulnerable children and young people

WellChild set up a special resilience fund to tackle the consequences of COVID-19. Schools across the UK are partnering with Feeding Britain to offer food packages to families and their children in light of school closures. NSPCC has seen an increased number of calls to their Childline helpline from young people calling with anxieties about coronavirus.



Trussell Trust they have launched an appeal for coronavirus and foodbanks. FareShare has a national network of charitable food redistributors supporting charities and community groups. They have called for more funding, food and volunteers for the COVID-19 response.  Oasis UK has launched a coronavirus appeal to support those suffering from food poverty.


Domestic Violence

Ten UK charities came together to write a statement to the Government, urging it to put in place appropriate funding and resources to support victims of domestic abuse. Chayn has launched a Telegram for victims of domestic violence during this crisis. Women’s Aid are working with partner organisations across the country to support  their COVID-19 response.




1. Consider giving unrestricted donations

Unrestricted donations to the charities you support will help ensure that they have the flexibility to direct the money to where it is most needed.



3. Speak to your charity

Work with them to understand the new challenges they are facing and consider how to support them and create a shared purpose.

Corporate Advisory

2. Bring forward your corporate giving

If you normally give later in the year, consider making the donations today, as many charities need the funding now.


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4. Do your research and be imaginative

There might be new emerging vulnerable groups in relation to the causes you already support or in communities in which you are present.



Find links to the latest advice for charities during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as expert fundraising tips and resources.

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COVID-19 advice from NCVO

CAF is a member of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). The NCVO are collating and updating information on Coronavirus/COVID-19, focussing on advice for charities you support.

NCVO's COVID-19 resources for charities

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Charity Fundraising support from CAF

Our charity fundraising tips, advice and resources are here to help you reach more donors, generate more income and impact more lives.

Access fundraising tools and tips

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Covid-19 presents an unprecedented health challenge and we know people and organisations everywhere want to help. Our Corporate Giving team are here to support you. Get in touch by calling us on 03000 123 207 or email us by clicking the button below.

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