Cornwall VSF has been asked to provide support for small local charities and voluntary organisations which are facing a funding crunch at this time.

We have regular features around funding providers, (see list below) but this focusses specifically on mobilising local supporters who are missing their regular opportunities to host Open Gardens, Cream Teas, and other celebration events in their local communities.

Individual fundraising challenges

The 2.6 Challenge was set up by the organisers of the London Marathon and other members of the Mass Participation Sports Organisers umbrella group.  It helps local groups mobilise their fundraisers to carry out individual sponsored challenges around the theme of 2.6 (2.6 km walk, 26 press ups, 260 times climbing the stairs). Find out more on the 2.6 challenge website.


Social media campaigns

Giving Tuesday is normally in November, but #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5th was a very successful social media campaign, used by many charities to raise awareness, and emergency funds for their causes. Another social media campaign recently was #NeverMoreNeeded led by the Small Charities Coalition.  More around awareness raising, but still emphasising the power of social media.

Watch out for other cross-sector campaigns, and jump on those bandwagons!


General information

Civil Society magazine has an article around innovation in fundraising in these interesting times


Local and national grant funders

There are many organisations which are administering funding at this time, both their usual funding pots with expanded criteria, and new pots specifically for coronavirus relief.

Cornwall Community Foundation is administering the local distribution of the National Emergencies Trust funding.

Various other organisations have compiled detailed lists of other funders:

The NCVO has an extensive list

GRIN has extensive funding information, and published an alphabetical list in its blog recently: A-E, F-M, N-Z

The Small Charities Coalition has a Covid-19 fundraising section as well.