We did it! £1m in grants awarded to help local people affected by Covid-19

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£1million of coronavirus funding has now reached more than 200 projects helping people hit by Covid-19 such as Green Community Travel in South Glos who received a grant
One of 200+ groups to receive coronavirus funding, Our Way Our Say are using their grant to distribute art packs to families in South Ward Weston-super-Mare
The Friends of Hannah More Primary School used a grant to distribute food boxes during Covid-19. Sue Ramsay Head of Hannah More Primary pictured with Rachel Campbell Yr 4 teacher

As COVID-19 continues to affect the way we all live and work, Quartet Community Foundation is doing all it can to support small local causes in the West of England.

Since the urgent appeal in March, together we’ve now awarded over £1million to a range of local projects, helping them to adapt and survive Covid-19, while continuing to offer vital services to those in need.

In mid-March we saw the size of the challenge ahead and took action to launch the Coronavirus Response Fund on 18 March.

Today local causes face a double whammy of cancelled fundraising events twinned with growing demand for their services.  

Hundreds of philanthropists, local donors, charitable trusts, the National Emergencies Trust (NET) and the media joined the appeal to ensure money is available to support the vital services needing help throughout this crisis.

From food banks to mental health charities, together we have supported over 200 projects with grants ranging from £396 to £20,000. Over a fifth of this £1million is helping feed vulnerable people. You can read the full list of all grants awarded through the Coronavirus Response Fund.

New research shows that one in five local organisations will shut services unless they get help in the coming months.

First grants from recovery grants programme boost local community projects

“Many local organisations are looking to the future and need time, space and support to plan how they are going to survive and thrive over the coming months and years. I’m delighted that our new Coronavirus Recovery and Stabilisation Grant Programme  is already offering grants for core costs to give these organisations the support they need to do this.

“Four groups have already benefited and many more will over the next six months, thanks to our generous supporters” says Ronnie Brown Quartet’s Philanthropy Director.

Building on the success of the Coronavirus Response Fund which has already awarded over £976,000 to more than 200 local community groups, we’re very pleased to share with you that four organisations have received funds through the recently launched Coroanvirus Recovery and Stabilisation Grant Programme including helping get people on two wheels plus boosting new mums’ mental health.

Read which four groups have received the first grants through the Coronavirus Recovery and Stabilisation Grant Programme

·         £10,000 to LifeCycle UK to redesign services and reengage volunteers who have been unable to contribute due to the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown restrictions

·         £10,000 to Mothers for Mothers to offer free, 1-2-1 online (moving to face-to-face when safe) Art Psychotherapy for women experiencing maternal mental health issues across Bristol, North Somerset and South Glos

·         £8,800 to Park Centre (Kingswood) to initially help and support the running of the café, so they can resume services and offer support to the community as they did before the pandemic

·         £9,786 to Sporting Family Change to continue supporting vulnerable adolescents with pre-existing mental health issues across B&NES.