Southwark's Community Response to Covid-19

Peter Minet Trust, United St Saviour’s Charity and other Southwark funders have joined up and combined nearly £500,000 to launch an emergency response fund for community organisations.

To help charities, social enterprises and community groups in Southwark manage the impact of COVID-19, United St Saviour’s and a group of local funders is today announcing a new emergency fund. With pooled contributions from United St Saviour's Charity, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, Peter Minet Trust and Southwark Charities, a total of £455,000 has been earmarked for Southwark communities.

This fund is in addition to the London Community Response fund, coordinated by London funders, which launched on 27th March.  Through the London Community Response Fund, over £10m is now available to charities, social enterprises and community groups across the capital for emergency financial support to help manage the impact of Covid-19.

The ‘Southwark Community Response Fund’ will be managed by United St Saviour's Charity, with input from other contributing funders,, but to make it as simple as possible for community organisations all applications will go through the London Community Response portal, and will need to match their priorities and criteria.

Wave 2 is now open: there are  two funding programmes that are now taking applications:

  • Crisis response – grants of up to £10,000 to enable you to meet the immediate needs of communities, from food and essentials, to equipment and additional short-term staff costs;
  • Delivering differently – grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to enable you to change the way you deliver your work to ensure it continues to meet the needs of your communities, from switching to digital channels to redeploying staff to boost your capacity at a time of increased demand.  In some circumstances we may consider grants above £50,000 but there must be a strong rationale in your application for this.

If you applied in wave 1 (food and essentials) you can re-apply in this wave as well.

Future funding programmes may include longer-term and recovery costs.

Charities and community groups seeking more information on the Southwark Community Response Fund and guidance on how to apply should contact Sarah Thurman at United St Saviour's Charity on

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