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8 April 2020

Our approach to funding in the COVID-19 pandemic

A statement from the Foundation.

The world faces a pandemic which affects every aspect of humanity including civil society. The most disadvantaged will often be the hardest hit.

The approach of the Baring Foundation to this crisis will be within the context of our three current grant-making programmes: in the UK, the use of the law by civil society for social change and arts and mental health; and in Africa support for LGBTI rights.

We have written to all our grantees to assure them that we will take a flexible approach to their current grants and will work with them where these need to be revised due to current circumstances. We have also signed and are committed to the pledge coordinated by London Funders.

Beyond this, in each of our three programmes we will be adapting our work over the next months to respond to the enduring impact of the pandemic on those vital areas of civil action. Any open funds will be advertised on our website, in our e-newsletter, and other relevant sites.

As part of our communications and research work, we will be promoting the many ways in which our grantees are responding to the emergency.

As always, we will be seeking to work collaboratively with a wide range of partners, including other funders.