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The report ‘A year like no other: responding together to the Covid crisis 2020/21’ shines a light on the remarkable reach and impact of our grant-making, and the role of community action and local charitable giving. Last year a total of 930 projects received our grant funding to help local communities.
Together, these projects funded through us supported over 590,000 people in Bristol, B&NES, North Somerset and South Glos. This includes those self-isolating or shielding, hungry families or people needing mental health support due to the pressures of the pandemic. Many of these people are often marginalised from mainstream support and opportunities or live in the most deprived areas.
Quartet recorded its highest ever total of donations and voluntary income last year, £16.7 million. This ranged across both local and national funds, including the National Emergency Trust.
Quartet’s permanent Endowment Fund now stands at £56.6 million, making it one of the largest of any community foundation in the UK.
I’m so proud of everything the team has achieved over the past year and in the face of enormous challenges. Yet 16 months on the pandemic is far from over, and the demand for our grants continues to grow. Quartet is here to bring together people who want to help the local community with projects that make a real difference. I’d invite anyone interested in helping to tackle this rising need to read the report and get in touch with the team.Sue Mountstevens – Chair, Quartet Board of Trustees
Our work is far from over. As well as highlighting the social impact of our grant-making, the report also outlines our future plans. It looks ahead at what needs to be done to support the local charitable sector as it tackles social needs exacerbated by the pandemic. We’ve launched a Recovery Fund and are keen to hear from individuals and companies interested in working with us.
“During the pandemic we’ve worked like never before, with record levels of funds both raised and distributed. This has only been possible thanks to the generosity of our donors and fund holders. Through their support and by working collaboratively with partner community organisations, we’ve been able to make a significant impact on local lives.
“We recognise that the need for support across local communities is as high today as it has been throughout the pandemic. This is not a return to business as usual – Quartet is helping organisations to adapt and to work in new ways. This requires longer term, strategic support.
“At Quartet we’d love to hear from people inspired by this work so we can work together to deliver a well thought out Recovery Plan.”
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