Supporting our communities through the COVID-19 crisis


Across Grosvenor Group and the wider Grosvenor Estate, of which we are part, we are providing practical and financial assistance to help businesses, families and the most vulnerable in society manage the impact of COVID-19.

You can read more about our initiatives and charitable donations below.

Helping with rent

Rent-deferrals and rent-free arrangements

We have offered rent deferrals and rent-free arrangements to independent and vulnerable retail tenants and other commercial businesses to help with cashflow concerns. The rent for 26 charities within our London estate portfolio, which is already heavily discounted, was waived.

Helping residents

Offering support

We have contacted vulnerable residential tenants who may be experiencing loneliness or concerns about paying their rent with a commitment to supporting them over the coming weeks and months. Our teams have also supported vulnerable individuals with grocery shopping; tackling isolation with virtual coffee mornings and even arranging delivery of compost and plants to local residents to help boost their mental wellbeing while self-isolating.

Enabling cashflow

Helping our suppliers

We are helping our suppliers with cashflow by paying them in advance and as quickly as possible.

Rural communities

Wide-ranging initiatives

Grosvenor Group’s initiatives aiming to support our urban communities have been mirrored in rural communities by other parts of the Grosvenor Estate – of which we are part. Such initiatives include: maintaining orders for fresh foods from local suppliers to local businesses that have had to close, redistributing them to those who are most in need; facilitating “safe distance” home delivery of free school meals to children impacted by school closures; assisting with food deliveries to self-isolating households from local food shops and community farm vegetable box suppliers; and helping school children without broadband in rural locations to access the internet to enable remote learning.

Charitable giving

Supporting charities and communities

In April, Hugh Grosvenor, The Duke of Westminster, personally donated an extra £10 million to the UK’s COVID-19 relief effort. It follows his initial donation of £2.5 million in March, which was primarily granted to charities providing essential food distribution especially to vulnerable families struggling to feed their children who would normally receive free school meals. The majority of this latest donation is supporting the NHS, through NHS Charities Together, to provide respite, rehabilitation and mental health assistance to NHS staff and their families. Funding will also go towards medical research and development linked to COVID-19. The remainder of the Duke’s donation will be split between organisations playing a vital role in supporting vulnerable individuals or families who may struggle with the long-term impact of the epidemic.

Local giving

Our Operating Companies are also donating locally. For example, Grosvenor Americas has donated $265,000 to charities helping to combat COVID-19 and is providing help those on the front line. Grosvenor Europe has donated to ten initiatives across Europe, to support medical staff on the front line and help to protect the most vulnerable in our communities.

Helping with rent

Helping with rent

Rent-deferrals and rent-free arrangements

We have offered rent deferrals and rent-free arrangements to independent and vulnerable retail tenants and other commercial businesses to help with cashflow concerns. The rent for 26 charities within our London estate portfolio, which is already heavily discounted, was waived.

Helping residents

Helping residents

Offering support

We have contacted vulnerable residential tenants who may be experiencing loneliness or concerns about paying their rent with a commitment to supporting them over the coming weeks and months. Our teams have also supported vulnerable individuals with grocery shopping; tackling isolation with virtual coffee mornings and even arranging delivery of compost and plants to local residents to help boost their mental wellbeing while self-isolating.

Cashflow

Enabling cashflow

Helping our suppliers

We are helping our suppliers with cashflow by paying them in advance and as quickly as possible.

Rural communities

Rural communities

Wide-ranging initiatives

Grosvenor Group’s initiatives aiming to support our urban communities have been mirrored in rural communities by other parts of the Grosvenor Estate – of which we are part. Such initiatives include: maintaining orders for fresh foods from local suppliers to local businesses that have had to close, redistributing them to those who are most in need; facilitating “safe distance” home delivery of free school meals to children impacted by school closures; assisting with food deliveries to self-isolating households from local food shops and community farm vegetable box suppliers; and helping school children without broadband in rural locations to access the internet to enable remote learning.

Charitable giving

Charitable giving

Supporting charities and communities

In April, Hugh Grosvenor, The Duke of Westminster, personally donated an extra £10 million to the UK’s COVID-19 relief effort. It follows his initial donation of £2.5 million in March, which was primarily granted to charities providing essential food distribution especially to vulnerable families struggling to feed their children who would normally receive free school meals. The majority of this latest donation is supporting the NHS, through NHS Charities Together, to provide respite, rehabilitation and mental health assistance to NHS staff and their families. Funding will also go towards medical research and development linked to COVID-19. The remainder of the Duke’s donation will be split between organisations playing a vital role in supporting vulnerable individuals or families who may struggle with the long-term impact of the epidemic.

Local giving

Our Operating Companies are also donating locally. For example, Grosvenor Americas has donated $265,000 to charities helping to combat COVID-19 and is providing help those on the front line. Grosvenor Europe has donated to ten initiatives across Europe, to support medical staff on the front line and help to protect the most vulnerable in our communities.

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“The families we work with need us more than ever and without support from the Westminster Foundation we’d have struggled to carry on.”

Ceri George, CEO, Platform for Life

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Help targeted at businesses, families and the most vulnerable as The Duke of Westminster donates an additional £10m (initial donation £2.5m) to support the NHS, medical research and charities.

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