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Coronavirus Appeal


Twelve Week Update


National Emergencies Trust Data Journey


NET has been ambitious and innovative in actively using data to inform decision-making during this pandemic.  This journey has evolved, and learning is continuously being documented to inform future programme design.


Information is collated and interrogated to:


  • Support the Allocation Committee by providing information to inform investment decision-making. For example, by identifying the extent of NET’s investment in support of more beneficiary groups and/or to address specific needs through service types
  • Engage and update existing donors and supporters by providing transparency in where funds are being invested
  • Curate content for NET’s future impact reports


Methodology for UKCF deep dive into the reach of NET funds into BAME communities in the UK.


On the 6th of June Community Foundations (CF) (inc Forever Manchester) were asked to individually undertake a retrospective audit of their distribution of NET grants to BAME groups and communities. CF by CF. This audit commenced on the 8th June and ran to the 11th June covering NET Phases 1-8. The basis of this scrutiny derived from the work of the independent collective The Funders for Race Equality Alliance. Data represented here is based on the following question:


What % of the NET grants (By Value) have you have awarded primarily for the benefit BAME communities?


Please note grants made should only be included if they are clearly targeted at and designed to benefit B.A.M.E communities, and if grants were not specifically designed for B.A.M.E people but a large number will benefit (for example the beneficiary community is highly diverse). Please be guided by the intention of the award.


  • Returns were collated, summarised, critically examined and passed in their entirety to NET by UKCF team on the evening of the 11th June
  • Data from Beds and Luton CF was removed at their request
  • Final data has been added subsequently from CFs that were not able to meet the 11th deadline. This has been included within the updated analysis from UKCF

UKCF data deep dive results: breakdown of NET funds reach into BAME communities


The deep dive highlighted that a greater number of grants have been allocated to the BAME community than have been recorded in the grants data itself. Here is an additional breakdown:


The data deep dive process not only delivered valuable insight into distribution data but acted as a pivotal learning moment for CF teams, creating opportunity to reflect on and acknowledge their collective potential as a group of funders working together towards a shared goal.


Figures represent data from 95% of CFs with additional data anticipated.



The Funders for Race Equality Alliance – Audit Tool


The audit tool was developed by the Funders for Race Equality Alliance. It is intended to provide a simple, reproducible analysis of how much of a foundation’s expenditure goes to organisations led by people from BAME communities, how much is spent on race equality projects . and types of projects the foundation supports. The audit tool is flexible so additional elements can be incorporated into the analysis (for example the size of organisation funded, or the geographic spread of grants). And although it is designed to audit race equality work it could easily be adapted to audit funding to other priority groups.


Funders for Race Equality is an alliance of funders who want to improve their practice and address racial injustice. For more information or if you would like to join the alliance please email b.a.m.e.support@ukcommunityfoundations.org

Definition of Beneficiary Groups


People with wellbeing needs

Supporting people with mental and emotional wellbeing need during the crisis. Wellbeing ranges from providing prevention services to reduce isolation and loneliness to prevent people from becoming depressed to assisting people with acute mental health problems.


Supporting a wide range of families helping them to connect and cope together during lockdown.

Children and Young People

Supporting children and young people, generally presumed to be those aged 30 years or younger.

People experiencing financial hardship

Supporting people who may be new to experiencing financial hardship as a result of redundancy or being furloughed to those who have been struggling, pre-crisis, with financial pressures and/or debts.

Older People

Supporting people presumed to be aged 65 years and older.

Local Residents

Supporting people living locally.  This category is used where services are not targeted to a specific community in need or where the grant partner has not explicitly indicated the characteristics of their primary beneficiaries.

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)

Supporting people who come from Black, Asian and/or Minority Ethnic heritage. In this definition we include minority groups gypsy, traveler or Roma heritage; asylum seekers, migrants and refugees and communities who practice minority religious faiths in the UK.

People with disability and/or learning difficulties

Supporting people with who have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term negative effect on their ability to do carry out typical daily activities.

People who are homeless / at risk

Supporting people are experiencing homelessness (including living in emergency accommodation, those sleeping rough and/or those sofa surfing) and/or who are at great risk of becoming homeless.

Women and Girls

Supporting women and girls who may require gender-specialist services.

Asylum Seeker, Refugee and Migrant

Asylum Seekers and refugees are terms used for people who have fled their countries because of serious human rights violations and persecution, and they have a right to international protection. Asylum Seekers are those living in a country awaiting a decision on the right to stay (therefore having no recourse to public funds) and refugees are those who have been granted the right to stay. Migrants can include people who have chosen to live in a different country, generally for other reasons, including study and work.

At risk Groups

Supporting people who are at a greater risk of being adversely impacted by the pandemic directly due to exposure to people with Covid-19, for example, frontline key workers. Other people at high risk of mortality or health complications if they contract Covid-1, for example, people living with long-term health conditions.

People who identify as LGBTQIA+

Supporting people who hold protected characteristics relating to their sexual orientation or gender identity. This includes, for example, people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning.

Definition of Services Funded


Wellbeing Services

Supporting voluntary sector organisations to deliver a range of wellbeing services with some offering targeted specialist services.  The main types of activities and items funded included:


  • Befriending and outreach support to reduce social isolation
  • Creative arts and healthy living workshops
  • Fitness classes
  • Counselling and therapeutic sessions
Emergency Accommodation

Supporting voluntary sector organisations to provide shelter and accommodation services to people experiencing homelessness.  The main types of activities and services funded included:


  • Assistance with rent
  • Housing advice services
  • Temporary housing for victims of crime
Company Costs

Supporting voluntary sector organisations to adapt and respond to the pandemic.  The main types of activities and items funded included:


  • Purchase of equipment to deliver virtual services
  • Salaries and sessional staff to meet the increasing demand

Core funding to support organisations to continue services following a loss of income

Education and Training

Supporting voluntary sector organisations to offer formal training and skills development and educational coaching.  The main types of activities and items funded included:


  • Tutoring and homework clubs
  • Ensuring children are equipped so they can successfully access educational support (for example, through the provision of internet and/or IT devices)
  • Employment and skills development
Food, Medicines and other essentials

Supporting voluntary sector organisations to provide essential delivery services ensuring the practical needs of vulnerable individuals and families are met. The main types of activities and items funded included:


  • Foodbanks
  • Home delivery of essential items, including baby care packs and medication
Information and Advice

Supporting voluntary sector organisations to provide specialist and general information, guidance and advice online or by telephone.  The main types of activities and items funded included:


  • Helplines to connect people to wellbeing services
  • Curation of content for distributing to local audiences by radio, YouTube TV, websites and community newsletters
Nursing and Personal Care

Supporting voluntary sector organisations and their key workers by helping to ensure they have the services they need to keep them safe whilst they assist and care for members of the community at greater risk of harm. The main types of activities and items funded included:


  • Purchase and production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Delivery of stimulating activities in care settings to entertain tenants
  • Care packages for cancer patients
Temporary Emergency Response Coordination

Supporting community and volunteer-led resilience and response coordination to the pandemic.  The main types of activities and items funded included:


  • Covering the expenses of volunteers who are delivering essential services to response agencies and residents in their local community
  • IT and communication expenses for coordinators to help them galvanise support and work effectively with local agencies

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