Third Sector Trends Survey 2020 – COVID-19 and its potential impact on the third sector in the North

In this report, The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) draws on the evidence of the Third Sector Trends Survey to examine how the sector has previously responded to severe economic and social crisis – namely, the 2008 financial crash and the subsequent decade of austerity.

While it is too early to draw firm conclusions, the data provides some insights as to the civic and financial resilience of the sector as well as its ability to adapt and change in the face of extreme challenge. IPPR uses this to identify the scenarios for the third sector and the potential lessons for sector leaders and policymakers.

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Supporting the Third Sector through COVID-19

A series of documents and updates regarding the 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Programme and the response to COVID-19 can be accessed here.

As ever, our dedicated CSI Representatives are here to understand and unpack the issues that the third sector is facing within the current ESIF programme which are affecting their ability to use European funds effectively. 

So that we can raise these issues at government level on your behalf and pro-actively work for solutions, we’re asking Third Sector organisations to tell us their experiences using these funds, in light of the outbreak of COVID-19. Please contact us via