Thousands of pounds handed out to help Salisbury charities

Thousands of pounds handed out to help Salisbury charities

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 8:43am 10th April 2020. (Updated at 8:44am 10th April 2020)

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Grants have been given to causes by the Wiltshire Community Foundation to support them through the Covid-19 crisis.

More than £200,000 has now been raised for the WCF Coronavirus Response Fund within just a fortnight of it being launched.

£83,000 of that has been given straight back out to groups working to support people affected by the current situation.

The charity say they're 'working hard to quickly assess and deliver the grants where they will make the most difference'.

Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living gets Wiltshire Community Fund coronavirus grant
The Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living has already had a grant from the Fund to keep them working from home during the crisis

Among the grants handed out in the Salisbury area are: 

  • £7,000 for Alabare for deep cleaning its hostel and providing staff PPE
  • £1,000 to the Wylye Coyotes after school club at Wylye Valley Primary School towards food parcels for isolated families
  • £2,750 for Age UK to help start a hot meals delivery service in Salisbury
  • £2,500 to Wiltshire Scrapstore to deliver home learning parcels to low income families in Salisbury through their work with Spurgeons
Age UK Salisbury Wiltshire Community Fund Coronavirus Grant April 2020
Age UK Salisbury have used their grants to buy equipment for a home delivery service for older vulnerable people

Wiltshire Community Foundation Interim Co-Chief Executive Fiona Oliver said: 

"We have been absolutely bowled over by the response from the public and from the support of companies. Their generosity and community spirit mean that groups who feared for how they would cope with this crisis are getting much-needed funds and morale-boosting support to continue their work supporting vulnerable people.

"I'm very proud of the way our team has responded so quickly to raise this money and then get it out to where it is needed. But we know the job is nowhere near done yet. The need is only going to increase in the coming weeks, and we urgently need the support of the county more than ever to help our vital community groups navigate this unprecedented challenge."

The charity's Coronavirus Response Fund is still open for donations and grant applications.

You can find out more about the Fund on the Wiltshire Community Foundation website.

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