We hope that your funded activity will be able to go ahead as planned. Charities and voluntary sector organisations play a vital role in communities when external events like this happen, and our aim is to ensure as much of this important work as possible can continue. However, we recognise that depending on how you operate and who you work with, you might need to make some changes to planned activity.
The government guidance you should consider is here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
- If activity has to be delayed: Please let us know in advance if activity is significantly delayed. Wherever possible, we’ll be happy to extend the grant period and delay the date on which your end of grant report is due accordingly;
- If activity has to be altered: Please let us know if you need to alter the activity which you were planning to deliver, finding alternative ways of achieving your intended outcomes. If the changes involve a significant change to your budget, please do contact us before committing to the revised expenditure. Wherever possible, we’ll look favourably on such change requests;
- If activity can’t go ahead and grant money is unspent: please let us know as early as possible. We’ll expect you to return to us any portion of the grant which will not now be spent;
- If grant money is spent but doesn’t achieve expected outcomes, we’ll be understanding of the extenuating circumstances. Again, please do keep us in the loop. We’ll expect you to make best endeavours to achieve the outcomes as planned, but in the circumstances we understand this may not be possible. We also understand that some costs are fixed, and will be incurred even if you cancel or rearrange activity. So long as you keep us informed, and use your end of grant report to explain why you weren’t able to deliver the planned activities or achieve the anticipated outcomes, we’ll be understanding of this.
You can contact the Grants Team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org