National Emergencies Trust (NET) Frequently Asked Questions

What is the NET appeal?

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has launched an appeal to raise funds to help local charities support individuals who are suffering hardship as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

The public appeal has been launched in partnership with the British Red Cross who will be managing donations.

The NET will distribute money to a number of charitable organisations, primarily through community foundations, to ensure it reaches those who need it most.

Why were community foundations chosen as distribution partners?

Our network covers the whole of the UK and has an unparalleled reach into local communities. Each Community Foundation has an in-depth understanding of their local area, what the priority needs are and how best to address these issues, so they can ensure the funding goes where it is most needed and can make the most impact.

Community Foundations are well-placed to provide emergency relief because they understand the needs of their locality and are able to convene with relevant partners and mobilise quickly. Being well-established in their communities, Community Foundations hold a position of trust and draw on existing relationships with local donors.

How can the public make donations?

Donations can be made at:

Or through the following on-line giving platforms: Just Giving, Go Fund Me, Virgin Money Gives, Good Launch, Muslim Giving.

The Big Give are running a match-funding campaign with £432k available. The campaign will run for the next month, (beginning March 2020.)

How will Community Foundations be involved?

Community foundations will be the main distributing partners of the NET appeal. NET is currently directing charities and groups (not individuals) to the UKCF network page to identify their local CF.

NET are keen for the criteria to be as flexible and responsive as possible. This means that CFs will be able to set their own criteria for allocating grants which will depend on the need in their areas.

Community foundations will have the flexibility in designing the Programme locally but in the first phase the focus will be on immediate relief. This means grants will be awarded to help organisations respond to the immediate needs experienced in the coronavirus crisis. For example, to help hire or purchase equipment, hire transport, or cover volunteer expenses.

What kind of groups will the Programme support?

Secondarily, and if funds allow:

When will these funds be available to Community Foundations?

NET will make the first funds available to community foundations by the close of business on 27th March 2020.

Who can apply for grants?

Monetary grants will be available to local charities and groups, not individuals.

Eligible organisations

Voluntary and community organisations, including but not limited to:

Not Eligible Under This Programme

How much money can grantees apply for?

The size of grants will be decided by each community foundation but decisions are likely to vary based on the size of the organisation and their capacity to manage and spend the amount awarded

However, NET anticipate the majority to be small £1-10k, with a smaller number of larger grants for larger organisations or those covering a larger geographic area, and those leading on strategic, coordinated and partnership work.

Will any funds be available for core costs of charities who are struggling to survive?

In the first phase the focus will be on providing grants to groups and activities that provide immediate relief in response to the coronavirus crisis. If funds allow, at a later point, grants may become available for organisations that provide support for vulnerable groups to counter the loss of income and fundraising which can be directly linked to the pandemic.

Will the Appeal support individuals?

The monies raised from the NET Appeal will be used to directly support local charities and groups that will be providing vital support to communities during the Coronavirus outbreak. Unfortunately, we will be unable to assist with individual requests for support.