Wiltshire Community Foundation launches local Coronavirus Fund

Wiltshire Community Foundation launches local Coronavirus Fund

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 6:05am 20th March 2020.

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They're looking to support smaller charities that might be struggling at this time - and need our help.

The fund has been set up to provide grants to groups suffering from a drop in donations, cancelling sessions or a fall in volunteer numbers due to Covid-19.

It's running alongside the National Emergencies Trust's Appeal with the support coming in to the Wiltshire Community Foundation (WCF) will remain within the county.

Here's Interim Co-Chief Executive, Fiona Oliver: 

AMAZING KICKSTART DONATION

The fund's been started off with a £10,000 donation from an anonymous supporter.

WCF is now asking for our help to boost the total so they can hand it out to groups through special grants.

Those handouts will be given to organisations who will be 'most affected by the outbreak'.

Fiona Oliver from the charity said: 

"At this time many grass roots charities and organisations are facing unprecedented challenges and are under immense pressures as they try to support the most vulnerable people in our communities.

"We don't yet know what the full effects of this pandemic will be on these groups who do such vital work, which is why we want to build a fund that is ready to help once the fallout becomes clearer. The people of Wiltshire and Swindon have always responded wonderfully in times of crisis and we are certain they will do so again."

HOW CAN WE HELP?

There's a Local Giving fundraising page that's been set by up the Wiltshire Community Foundation. 

They've set a target of £100,000 for the campaign initially.

You can also find out more about the Wiltshire and Swindon Coronavirus Response Fund on the WCF website.

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