Responding to emergencies

Lessons from funders’ responses to emergencies and crisis funding.

What we’ve learned

Distributing funds

Six ways of working to get money quickly and intelligently to community organisations

Effective grant-making

Six features of effective grant-making in response to local emergencies

Funder responses

Five lessons from funder responses to the coronavirus pandemic

Open and trusting grant-making

In emergencies, charities are clear about what they need from funders:

  • ‘Be brave’
  • ‘Be flexible’
  • ‘Trust us’
  • ‘Be clear and open’
  • ‘Understand the pressure we are under and reflect this in how you work’
  • ‘Become more of a partner and less of an auditor’

We are building a community of grantmakers who are committed to making this kind of open and trusting funding standard practice across the sector.

Find out more about open and trusting grant-making Decorative Arrow

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