First grants from Wiltshire Community Foundation's coronavirus fund

First grants from Wiltshire Community Foundation's coronavirus fund

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 1:09pm 31st March 2020.

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The charity's campaign to support smaller organisations around the county has already raised £100,000.

The Wiltshire Community Foundation (WCF) set up the fund almost two weeks ago, to support groups that have been suffering cancellations, a drop in volunteers and fewer donations coming in.

Their original target was £100,000 - which has now been reached thanks to more than £50,000 of local donations and an extra £50,000 boost from the National Emergencies Trust.

CASH ALREADY BEING DISTRIBUTED

One of the first grants that's been given out is for the Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living, which supports more than 2,000 people with disabilities or mental health issues across the county.

They've been given £3,580 to buy laptops for staff so they can continue to work from home.

CEO Geraldine Bentley said: 

"Many of these people rely on personal assistants going in each day. We were inundated with people who were worried about what would happened if these PAs went down with the virus so we had to put a resource pack together and just be available so that all the staff could support people with those real concerns and real issues that were occurring for them.

"It has been extremely busy, and we have had to rethink the way we work so having the laptops will really help."

Memory Cafe Wiltshire Community Foundation
The Wiltshire Community Foundation is aiming to help other charities which might be struggling as a result of the pandemic

Wiltshire CIL has already supported older people with maintaining their care, single parents suffering anxiety and others besides.

More grants are expected to be given out in the coming days, and WCF are already processing applications.

Interim co-chief executive Fiona Oliver said any voluntary group providing immediate relief for those affected by the pandemic can apply:

"We are tremendously grateful for the generous support we have received so far. I think while many groups are dealing with immediate need there are those still coming to terms with what this crisis will mean for them in the long term. We will be talking to groups to see if we can help address these issues."

FUND STILL OPEN

We can continue to support the Wiltshire Community Foundation Coronavirus Fund on their website. 

You can donate directly by visiting their Local Giving fundraising page.

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