The Foundation Grant Programme is one of the simplest and most straightforward ways that Fine & Country supports the charities it helps. Running twice a year – once in spring and once in autumn – Fine & Country offices can nominate a local homelessness charity to receive a grant of up to £3,000. By an office simply contacting a local organisation and them submitting the forms, they could receive funds enabling them to change the lives of many within their community.
A number of Fine & Country offices have long-standing relationships with local charities, participating in multiple fundraisers throughout the calendar, raising incredible amounts of money, and equally as valuable awareness. Over the years, offices have shown their dedication and organised fundraising events of their own, in the form of coffee mornings, fashion shows, autumn balls, golf days and much more. Employees have also participated in both National and International events in aid of combatting homelessness, from running the London marathon, through tacking the National Three Peaks, to climbing the highest free-standing mountain in the world, Kilimanjaro.
Many members of the Fine & Country network already had the dates marked out in their diaries for when they’d be hosting their local events, or taking on challenges they’d set for themselves in 2020. Unfortunately, as the spread of Covid-19 has worsened, the restrictions around social distancing tightened and with charity fundraisers being renowned for bringing people together in mass to rally and celebrate one another, it is no surprise that the majority of events have been cancelled. Not only is this a disappointment to those who have been putting in time organising or training, but no more than for the charities who will miss out on the funding. The charitable sector is forecast to lose £4 billion in funding as a result of the impacts of coronavirus, and although the Government has mentioned possible funding for the charitable sector, many charities are facing the possibility of complete collapse by summer.
This is why, at the Fine & Country Foundation we have decided to extend the application window for our Spring Grant Programme. We will now be accepting applications until 30th April (12:00 am GMT), giving charities an extension of one month to apply for the scheme, and potentially receive the funding which could save their organisation.
If you’re a charity and want tips for completing your application, read our blog post here.