Quartet Community Foundation has launched the Coronavirus 2020 Response Fund to raise money for charitable causes supporting vulnerable people hit by the social and economic impact of the coronavirus – and the fund has already raised over £350,000 since it was set up in mid March.
People can donate to the fund to support local charitable causes helping older people, homeless people, low income families with children, refugees, food bank users and other communities in need.
Due to the generosity of local people North Somerset community groups can now apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to support vulnerable people during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Julie Newman from Quartet Community Foundation said: “Our hearts go out to anyone who’s ill and all those struggling at this time. We’ve already seen an incredible outpouring of support from local people who’re keen to help their neighbours.
“We’re now inviting grant applications from North Somerset groups who provide care and support for vulnerable people during this time of unprecedented need.
“We’re really pleased these donations are already helping people in North Somerset and are supporting the great work of South Weston Activity Network and Hub Weston.
“Many local causes need to change how they work so they can keep on benefiting local people and I invite them to get in touch or apply online for a grant today.
“These are worrying times and we’re also inviting those who can afford to donate to consider supporting this appeal. We’ve already raised hundreds of thousands of pounds thanks to some remarkably generous gifts and this money is already reaching organisations supporting those in need.”
“We thank the people of North Somerset for their continued generous support and overwhelming show of humanity in this time of need.”
Jemma Coles from The Stable in Weston said: “We’re providing lunches to the people that need them. Whether that’s children missing out on free school meals, families on low incomes or those families that suddenly find themselves without income due to the lockdown, we’re here to help. We’re also supporting the families of freelancers and the self-employed who’ve been struggling since their work stopped.
“We can deliver food and many schools can’t deliver. We’re here to help anyone who’s hungry. We’ve got a commercial kitchen, Prayag and I are both trained chefs, and we want to help. Many people on free school meals are now getting vouchers for supermarkets and the cheaper foods often aren’t available, particularly for anyone with allergies.”
The launch of the fund comes amid media reports that many frontline charities face a cash crisis as virus fears hit fundraising. Despite being at the forefront of meeting local needs, many small charities are facing funding shortfalls as all their fundraising events are cancelled plus a likely shortage of volunteers, as older people self-isolate.
- The good news is that three North Somerset projects have already benefited from these donations. These are:
· Hub Weston (The Stable) receive £5,000 towards creating meal packs for the isolated during the Coronavirus outbreak.
· South Weston Activity Network (SWAN) receive £5,000 to provide free takeaway lunches and online youth services to local young people following the Governments decision to close schools in response to Covid19.
· Wellspring Counselling receive £5,000 towards continuing and increasing telephone and online counselling during the Coronavirus outbreak.
- Apply for a grant
North Somerset groups can apply for up to £5,000 funding here: https://quartetcf.org.uk/grant-programmes/coronavirus-response-fund/
· The fund will provide a one-stop donation point for public donations in the West of England before distributing them as quickly as possible in the form of grants to frontline charitable causes in Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
To donate visit https://quartetcf.org.uk/donate-now/ & select ‘Coronavirus 2020 Response Fund’ from the drop down menu to ensure your gift supports those unfairly impacted by the Coronavirus crisis.