Our Coronavirus Appeal

The world is in a state of emergency. The outbreak of coronavirus is affecting both businesses and people everywhere. Many people are suffering, not just physically due to ill health, but also economically and socially. Workers are struggling to make ends meet, small, local businesses are closing their doors, and social distancing and self-isolation mean people aren’t able to visit vulnerable loved ones.

The government is responding to alleviate some of this pressure. However, at times like this, it’s the strength and desire to help from the public that can make the most difference. That’s why we, The National Emergencies Trust, have launched an appeal to raise funds for local charities and grassroots organisations that can provide vital support to people in the quickest way possible.

We are calling on the nation to Do What You Can at this time of crisis. 

Our Coronavirus Appeal

About The National Emergencies Trust

The intensity of emergencies in 2017 – from the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London to Grenfell – led the Charity Commission to convene a number of people in the charitable sector to see if there was a better way of responding to national emergencies. This has led to the creation of The National Emergencies Trust, which collaborates with charities and other bodies to raise and distribute money and support victims at the time of a domestic disaster.

We are a charity, not the state; we are additional to what the state is doing. We are independent of government and do not replicate the work of central or local government.

Find out more about The National Emergencies Trust on our website. 

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How does the appeal work?

The National Emergencies Trust is working collaboratively with a wide range of organisations to ensure the maximum amount of money is raised and is distributed effectively and fairly to those organisations who can do most to help those in need.

This partnership network has been created by The National Emergencies Trust over the past few months and provides the public with the reassurance that funds will only be channelled through trusted and reputable organisations.

Where does the money go?

The National Emergencies Trust is distributing money to local Community Foundations and other charities within agreed parameters, and they are providing support to those most in need at a local level.

Who are these Community Foundations, and how can people get in contact with them?

The National Emergencies Trust is working with a network of 50 Community Foundations across the UK. These groups are well-placed to understand who is impacted locally, and how, and what help they need. They also have experience in distributing grants. For more info, go to: and for a list of community foundations please see:

Who is eligible to receive funds from the appeal, and how much will they receive?

The National Emergencies Trust is giving the Community Foundations the freedom to make decisions about how to distribute funds amongst smaller local charities. Those charities in turn will support individuals impacted by the outbreak, such as those dealing with the impact of illness, or social isolation, or loss of income.

On 26th March 2020 £2.65million was distributed across community foundations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A further £5million was distributed on 6th April 2020 on the principle of an assessment of self-isolation need and economic need, both measured using demographic information.

Please read our Appeal Guidelines for a full description on how the funding process will work.

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Funds raised will go to The National Emergencies Trust to help those most affected.

Your small acts will make a big difference. We call on you to Do What You Can.