Coronavirus is presenting new and significant challenges to voluntary organisations across Kent & Medway, making it harder for them to support vulnerable people at exactly the time when the needs of these vulnerable people may be increasing hugely.
The Kent Community Foundation recognise this, and the financial implications of the pandemic on the sector, and are launching their Coronavirus Emergency Fund to ameliorate some of this impact.
They are hopeful that the fund will help smaller grassroots organisations to sustain themselves through an incredibly difficult time allowing them to carry on their vital work across Kent & Medway.
The focus of the fund will be to offer community organisations emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community, affecting older people, as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus, and the need for self-isolation, and potential for further exacerbation of loneliness and isolation of these older people.
Organisations should be working to:
- Reduce isolation and vulnerability of older people during any isolation period that may arise as a result of the threat of Coronavirus
- Support ongoing needs of older people to ensure that their wellbeing is maintained
- Provide any initiative that will help ensure older people remain connected with the outside world during this time
Please note: Kent Community Foundation will also consider applications from organisations working with other affected communities – e.g. families on low incomes, those affected by food poverty, children & young people adversely impacted by Coronavirus, although priority will be given to constituted community groups e.g. charities/CICs, with an average annual income of less than £200K, who are supporting isolated older people at this time.
Grants are available up to £10K, but they anticipate most awards will be for less than that – as they would like the fund to support as many organisations as possible and so to reach the widest number of beneficiaries.
What can you apply for?
Either additional costs that you have incurred in your response to Coronavirus or to compensate for loss of income that you have incurred/will incur because of the pandemic. Kent Community Foundation are happy for the grant to be spent on core costs, service delivery costs, overheads, small capital costs – anything directly related to the impact of this virus.
Deadline: The Kent Community Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Fund is open from 23rd March 2020 and will remain open on a rolling call basis.
For more information and how to apply please click here
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