The COVID-19 pandemic presents unprecedented challenges for children and youth worldwide. Global Fund for Children has launched an Emergency Response Fund to issue immediate grants to the grassroots organizations keeping them safe.

The coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating vulnerabilities for children and youth worldwide, and GFC’s partners are at the heart of community responses. These local organizations have pivoted to providing emergency hygiene kits, critical food supplies, and accurate information to children and families. They’re also struggling to support young people affected by economic fallout, spikes in violence, and unsafe situations caused by pandemic lockdowns, while searching for new ways to continue delivering key programming with limited resources.

In response, GFC has launched an Emergency Response Fund to issue immediate cash grants to our partners serving children affected by this pandemic around the world. We have already approved $627,000 in emergency grants for 135 partners, but needs continue to grow.

Donate to support children affected by the coronavirus.

GFC’s community partners are uniquely positioned to protect children and youth during a crisis. Our support will help provide them with the immediate resources they need to keep children safe and healthy during COVID-19 and beyond. It also helps build their long-term capacity to support children who are most at risk in the face of future pandemics and crises.

Learn more
  • Our partners: Meet the GFC partners that have received COVID-19 emergency response grants [Jan. 2021]
  • Our survey data: See survey highlights on the impact of COVID-19 on GFC partners [Nov. 2020]
  • Our response: Read our special feature about community responses to keep children safe during COVID-19 [Oct. 2020]
Read the news
  • Global statements: Read a reflection on youth and hope for the future from Managing Director Hayley Roffey [Feb. 2021], a special update from President and CEO John Hecklinger [June 2020], and a global message from President and CEO John Hecklinger [Mar. 2020]
  • Status update: Find the latest information on GFC’s coronavirus response [Jan. 2021]
  • Youth perspectives: Watch a global conversation with four community leaders about the effects of the pandemic [June 2020]
Take action
  • Emergency Response Fund: Give now to help grassroots organizations protect young people who are most at risk.
  • The Spark Fund: Support youth who are are leading efforts to build a more equitable and just post-pandemic world.


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Discover how GFC and its local partners are responding to the pandemic in the featured stories below.

Global Fund for Children (GFC) UK Trust, created in 2006, is a UK registered charity (UK charity number 1119544). We work to generate vital income, create new fundraising opportunities, and raise awareness of the invaluable work of GFC’s grassroots grantees. Our aim is to extend the reach of GFC in the United Kingdom, Europe, and beyond.

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