The Somerset Community Foundation have set up the Somerset Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund. They say:
The coronavirus outbreak is affecting everyone in Somerset. People are struggling, but they are also finding ways to support others.Our local charities and community organisations have a crucial role to play in responding to the crisis. To help in this response we have created this fund so they can:
- support the needs of vulnerable people so their health and wellbeing is maintained
- support those who are self-isolating
- combat hardship, such as food poverty
- cover the additional costs of working remotely, adapting services, and reimbursing volunteers
- coordinate the efforts of others
We are initially prioritising organisations that:
- we have an existing relationship with. In practice, these are small grassroots groups based in our county and not larger national charities
- are providing, or planning to provide, front line services to their communities in response to the coronavirus outbreak
Your application will be considered immediately and, if you are successful, we expect to make grants within 48 hours. You can request between £250 and £5,000. We expect the average to be around £2,000.
Please note that due to the pressure on our own service we are unable to respond to any non-funding enquiries.
We would be grateful if you could refrain from calling us about the Fund wherever possible.
For general advice we would encourage you to consult the Government’s coronavirus page.
For more specific advice for charities and community groups in Somerset we would encourage you to review Spark Somerset’s update, but please be aware that they are also experiencing increased pressure on their own service.
In addition, Spark has set up the Corona Helpers website to coordinate offers of support.
Finally, please be aware that we know a lot of charities and community groups in Somerset are worried about loss of income and longer term sustainability. However, at this stage our funding is solely to help respond to the outbreak by offering grants for front line services.
27th March 2020