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Match-fund campaign for children affected by Coronavirus

Mar 30, 2020 | Funding

The Childhood Trust provides funds and additional support to charities participating in its match funding campaigns with the Big Give. You can find out more about our annual match funding campaigns on our website.
In light of the Coronavirus and its inevitable impacts on vulnerable children and young people across London, The Childhood Trust is launching the Champions for Children campaign to raise unrestricted funds for charities working with children whose lives have been impacted by the pandemic.
If you’d like to know more about the campaign and how to participate, please read on…..
(For reference, you will also find information about the Champions for Children campaign on our website.)
How does the campaign work?
Funds raised during the campaign are matched from two different pots: pledge donors and Childhood Trust funds.
Pledge donors can be anyone from your network (individuals or organisations such as your corporate partners or trusts/foundations). As part of the application process, you will need to sign up pledge donors to support your campaign.
Donations during the campaign will first be matched by your pledge donor and then by The Childhood Trust.
How do we support charities through the campaign?
The Childhood Trust will also be running TWO webinars/workshops to support charities through the campaign.
  1. The SUPPORT WEBINAR on 6 April at 11am will provide all prospective applicants with the opportunity to ask us any questions or seek any clarification about the Campaign.  We will also be offering tips and hints on how to get pledge donors on board. (You can sign up to this webinar below.)
  2. The second workshop will take place in the week of the 26th May, and will be about HOW TO RUN A SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN. More details on this workshop, including the date and time, will be sent out at a later date.
The Big Give also provides a lot of guides and resources through the application and campaign processes.
Finally, The Childhood Trust is also always around to support you through this process for any one-to-one advice you might need, so please do let us know if you’re struggling with anything or have a query!
What does ‘unrestricted funding’ mean?
This campaign is designed to support charities through the longer-term impacts of Coronavirus pandemic and ensure continued support for vulnerable children and young people. To this end, the funds raised through this campaign can be spend on whatever charities need to ensure this happens.
Unfortunately, however, there are two exceptions to this. We are unable to support campaigns raising funds for the following:

  • Capital expenses
  • Religious activities

In terms of timeframe, given the immediate need for these funds, it is expected that the funds will be spent within 12 months of the campaign (ie by July 2021).
Unrestricted funds do still require donor reporting. The Childhood Trust will require charities participating in the Champions for Children to tell us how the funds have been spent.

The Application Process
Eligibility
Champions for Children is open for applications from all charities that meet the following criteria:
  • Charities working with vulnerable children and young people based in London
  • Charities with at least one set of accounts showing on the Charity Commission
  • Charities with over £25,000 income as per their last financial accounts

Total funds to be raised in the campaign must be between £4,000 and £100,000.
How to apply
If you wish to apply, please register on the Big Give website and and click on the link to the Champions for Children campaign. If you have already registered on the Big Give site, you just need to login to your account.
If you have any questions about the Big Give platform, please email the Big Give directly on info@thebiggive.org.uk.

So, what happens next?
  1. The application process will open in the w/c 30 March. Please register on the Big Give website to receive notification when the applications open.
  2. Please check out the timeline below and ensure you are clear on what’s happening when. Exact dates will be made available in the Big Give guidance docs and deadlines will be sent to you by email in advance .The campaign timeline is tight due to the urgency of the need for this funding, so there is limited flexibility in the various deadlines.
  3. Finally, please sign up for the webinar on 6 April via the link below. You will have the opportunity to seek clarity on any aspect of the campaign, as well as gain tips and hints for getting your pledges in.
Sign up for the Support Webinar
The Campaign Timeline
Finally – and just to reiterate once again – if, at any point in the application or campaign process, you find yourself struggling, please do let us know so we can try to help!

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