Local appeal launched to support charitable activity in response to Coronavirus

19 March 2020
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The Coronavirus Community Fund has been launched by Two Ridings Community Foundation  to support community groups across North & East Yorkshire through this unprecedented time.

The focus of the fund will be to offer community organisations emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus. Funds will be used to help community organisations that are responding to give help to the people who need it the most. It will also support work to fill gaps for people and places where there are no current suitable services and offer vital community support to maintain some level of viability through these uncertain times. From reaching out to groups we fund we know there is a real need for this kind of support right now.

To apply to the fund please visit https://www.tworidingscf.org.uk/fund/coronavirus-community-fund/

The Foundation is asking others to support the fund by making a donation and is also re-focussing some of its existing funds to support this work.  To donate please visit: https://www.tworidingscf.org.uk/coronavirus-community-fund/

The National Emergencies Trust launched a national appeal to raise funds to help local charities to support those individuals suffering hardship as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. https://nationalemergenciestrust.org.uk/coronavirus/

The National Emergencies Trust will distribute money raised through a number of charitable organisations including local Community Foundations, to ensure it reaches those who need it most.

This NET funding is in addition to our local appeal but ensures we maximise all fundraising channels.

Two Ridings Community Foundation is also continuing its crisis support to the people and communities affected by flooding in July 2019 (affecting homes, farms and businesses in Arkengarthdale, Swaledale & Wensleydale) and February 2020 (affecting homes and businesses in Masham, Boroughbridge, Snaith, East Cowick, Hirst Courtney, Temple Hirst and West Bank).

Other grant making activity will be adjusted to support communities at this time.

Please sign up to our newsletter via the website www.tworidingscf.org.uk to keep abreast of latest news and funding opportunities.

Jan Garrill, Chief Executive of Two Ridings Community Foundation said: There is seemingly no precedent for these times. The Foundation’s core purpose is to support the grassroots groups that do so much good in our communities so it seemed totally right that we focus on finding ways to support them now. In these times, it is important that we look out for one another and stand shoulder to shoulder with people and communities in the way that we do best which is funding. Our charity will remain open for business. We will be working from home but have good systems in place to keep the organisation doing what it does best – finding funds and ways to support people and communities in North & East Yorkshire. Keep in touch with us.”

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