Latest Update: Over £500,000 distributed in grants to Buckinghamshire charities
A partnership of funding organisations in Bucks has been meeting regularly to champion the Voluntary & Community Sector as it supports communities addressing the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak. It aims to build an understanding of, and monitor, the funding situation (nationally and within Bucks).
The group, including The Clare Foundation, Heart of Bucks, The Rothschild Foundation, Buckinghamshire Council, National Lottery Community Fund and LEAP. It has already released more than £500,000 in emergency funding since March.
Over 200 small grants have gone to support a range of initiatives, including food bank provision, support for the elderly and isolated, increased mental health care, and support for victims of domestic violence.
Gareth Williams, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities said, ‘It’s great that we’ve been able to work so closely and in such a well-coordinated way with our funding partners across the County. We are able to prioritise where we allocate resources which will help our community bounce back from the ravages of Coronavirus.’
The partnership will continue to maximise funding opportunities for the many projects and activities that local community organisations and charities have set up in response to the pandemic.
Henry Allmand, the Chief Executive of Heart of Bucks and Chair of the Funding Strategy Group said, “We are pleased to be working closely with our funding partners at this very challenging time. As the Community Foundation, we are acutely aware that emergency funds must be immediately available for the many excellent local charities and organisations working hard to support Buckinghamshire”.
Together we have put together a range of resources for key groups within the county. Please see links below:
Individuals: Bucks Council
Charities (Strategic guidance and funding information): The Clare Foundation
Charities, voluntary or community groups (volunteering and funding bids advice) : Community Impact Bucks
Businesses: Bucks Business First
Physical activity and community sports organisations: Leap
Organisations supporting children and young people: Action 4 Youth
Charities (funding applications): The Rothschild Foundation