As we are all starting the year with another lockdown, we wanted to let you know that we are here for you and will do all we can to help.

Reassurance on supporting communities, charities and social enterprises following the impact of Coronavirus
We appreciate that the current Coronavirus situation and a further national lockdown will have a big impact on communities. We know that charities, local organisations and social enterprises will play a critical support role - providing practical and emotional support, helping to mobilise local services, care for those most in need and tackle isolation.

We want to reassure you that we will do all that we can to support communities.

We are open as usual – our staff are all working from home - we are working differently, working digitally. Work travel has been suspended so we will continue to hold our meetings online.
All contacts including telephone numbers and email addresses will remain the same. Please just continue to contact our staff through these means. Our IT systems enable us to work from home with no risk to data security and ensure there is limited disruption to services.

Please continue with grant applications – however please scan and email in any supporting documents or grant acceptances. Our offices are closed for the time being, and we cannot receive mail – so please do not post any supporting documents. If you don’t have a scanner an option is to download a scanner app onto your smart phone – this uses the camera function to scan the document and convert it into a PDF for e-mail.

We aim to be as helpful as possible over the coming weeks - so our grantees can focus on supporting communities. Alongside continuing to deliver all our community funds and published grant-making programmes, we are taking the following steps:

  1. Relaxing deadlines for monitoring reports – please do get in touch if you are not able to complete a project in the previously agreed time scale.  Most of the time we can be flexible. The only exemption being DCMS funded grants which have to be spent by 31st of March 2021 (if you have any concerns about spending any DCMS funded grants by this deadline please get in touch as soon as possible)
  2. Increasing mentoring and support for grantees – more to come on this on this in February 2021.
  3. Continuing our rolling deadline Coronavirus and Surviving Winter grant programmes for those delivering any projects that address immediate community needs in light of the Coronavirus
  4. Working with other funders to pool resources
  5. Working with local community organisations and umbrella groups to gather information about local needs and how best to support these
  6. Asking you how we can best support your community – our research from 2020 continues and we are always open to feedback and increasing our knowledge and understanding of the challenges faced by Gloucestershire communities.

In 2020 our communities pulled together to provide some fantastic support for those most vulnerable and we will do all that we can to help this valuable work to continue into 2021, kindest regards from all at GCF.