Royal London Foundation: supporting the fight against coronavirus

In 2020, we changed the focus of the Royal London Foundation so that we could immediately support local charities and organisations providing vital help to people during the coronavirus outbreak.

We've donated a total of £500,000 to the National Emergencies Trust (NET) Coronavirus Appeal. Read on to find out more about our decision and how the funding was used.

What did the Foundation fund in 2020?

2020 was a challenging year for everyone. Those who are on the front-line, supporting the already vulnerable people in our local communities, have been dealing with increased demand for services, as well as a drop in funding and voluntary fundraising.

In light of this, we decided to donate our 2020 Foundation grant budget of £500,000 to the NET Coronavirus Appeal, which supports charities and community groups across the UK that are responding to the COVID-19 emergency and, in turn, supporting the most vulnerable people in society.

Take a look at the NET website’s frequently asked questions for more information.

How does the NET allocate funding?

The NET provides a single collection point for public donations before distributing them in the form of grants to frontline charities across the UK – this means they can provide vital support to people in the quickest way possible.

To do this, the NET works with a network of 46 community foundations across the UK. As they’re local foundations, these groups are well-placed to understand who’s impacted, and how, and what help they need, and they have experience in distributing grants. This process allows the NET to get money to those who need it quickly and simply.


Will the Foundation open again in 2021?

We’re changing the Royal London Foundation for 2021. We want to explore how we can help more people to prevent life shocks from becoming a crisis, which is the focus of our social impact work

We’ll keep members involved and updated on how we do this, so make sure you keep an eye on your quarterly member newsletters.

How you can help

Find out what you can do to keep yourself and others safe, and help your community during the coronavirus outbreak.

Follow the NHS guidelines to protect yourself and help stop the virus from spreading, and make sure you look after your own wellbeing.

Call or video call friends, family and loved ones to keep connected while you’re unable to see each other.

You can sign up to be a ‘check in and chat’ volunteer, help to deliver medical supplies, assist with transport for patients or support those self-isolating on the GoodSAM website

If you’re able (and it’s safe) to, you could drop in a postcard to self-isolating neighbours to offer support with urgent supplies or a phone call – just make sure to keep a safe distance and leave any items on doorsteps.

The NHS is still in need of blood donations – check the Give blood website for updated information on centres and donations during the coronavirus outbreak.

You can give food, toiletries or (if you can spare it) money to a food bank. Donations can be made online on the Trussell Trust website, or you can use their tool to find a local food bank.

Visit the Eden Project Communities website for more information on what you can do to support your local community during the coronavirus outbreak.