Covid-19: FAQs and resources for not-for-profits

Covid-19 guidance, information and advice for not-for-profits from LawWorks members.

LawWorks has received a number of queries specific to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on small charities and other not-for-profits. In response, we have collaborated with our members to produce tailored briefs relevant specifically to small not-for-profit organisations. 

These centre on key questions, from “How do I furlough an employee?” and “Can an employee we have furloughed still volunteer for us?” to “How do we hold a remote board meeting / AGM?” and “Our landlord has asked our organisation to leave the premises due to the Covid-19 outbreak. What are our rights and can we challenge this?”

All briefings are accurate as at April 2020, unless a later date has been stated. 



Managing volunteers



If your organisation has any further questions related to the Covid-19 outbreak that are not covered by the memos above, please fill out an application for our services and a member of the Not-for-Profits Team will be in touch. Please note, the useful resources below may also provide you with a more immediate answer to your query.

Further Covid-19-related resources


LawWorks' Clinics Team (who advise on running legal clinics) have published a Covid-19 risk assessment: 'Returning to face to face work: Covid-19 Risk assessment', which is also relevant to small not-for-profit organisations.  

Charity Commission

The Charity Commission has published a dedicated advice document: 'Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance for the charity sector', with FAQs relating to paying staff, holding AGMs and other queries common during this challenging time.


NCVO's Know-how webpage, containing Coronavirus information (including regarding fundraising), has been made available free of charge during this time. Many of NCVO's recent blog posts also relate to issues faced by the voluntary sector. 

Small Charities Coalition

The Small Charities Coalition has created a 'Guidance for Organisations' resource hub.

Bates Wells; Russell-Cooke

Bates Wells and Russell-Cooke have separately produced webpages with relevant resources and bite size information. Other law firms have also produced relevant content. In addition, Bates Wells is offering a free 30 minute consultation with a charity law expert. 

Government Coronavirus Community Support Fund

Applications for the National Lottery Community Fund's Covid-19 response opened on 22 May 2020. It will be distributing £200 million of Government funding specifically to small organisations that are "supporting communities through the Covid-19 pandemic".

The Phoenix Fund

The Phoenix Fund, which opened in August 2020, is an initiative that will provide £1 million in emergency grants to Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities across England.