the Community Foundation for the people of Kirklees.

The Impact of Coronavirus Emergency Funding

FUNDED PROJECT (See video above)

The Purpose of Life charity, who are based in North Kirklees, received a grant of £5,000 to provide food parcels and essentials to help support the elderly and vulnerable.

Sajad Hussain from the group, said: “The funding from One Community was a tremendous help, as it enabled the charity to step-up and continue to pay for the costs of making and distributing food parcels, as reliance upon food parcels increased enormously over the lock-down period.

“This additional funding ensured that we could continue to provide support by delivering between 15-25 parcels a day, seven days a week, as part of our Covid-19 response.”

 

HOW WE REPONDED ACROSS KIRKLEES

In March 2020, it became evident that the Coronavirus crisis was beginning to severely impact communities across the UK. One Community Foundation along with the other 46 Community Foundations across the UK acted quickly with their partners to raise emergency funding.

We have now awarded over 180 grants totalling over £500,000 to local charitable organisations, who were responding to the immediate needs of people in Kirklees.

Our Coronavirus Emergency Fund grants have supported: 253,045 people in Kirklees, 7.8% of them were adults, 79% all ages, 1.5% were Children, and 11.7% were older people. 21.8% of grants were specifically targeted to the BAME community and 78.2% of our funding supported all ethnicities.

Grants were awarded for: Food 39%; Activity kits 6.6%; Bike loans 1.3%; Mental health 14%; PPE 7%; Domestic abuse 4.5%; Addiction support 1.2%; and Support services 26.4%.

The National Emergencies Trust launched and led a national fundraising campaign. The resulting funds were distributed to all UK Community Foundations, who passed them on as grants to local voluntary groups.

Awards have been made to support a spectrum of needs including the purchase and delivery of essential food and hygiene parcels. Technology requests have enabled services focused on mental health, domestic abuse, dementia and bereavement to continue, by operating from home. Projects focused on the young and older members of our community have been able to continue by allowing participants to engage in social activities, albeit via an online virtual platform.

Our ability to act rapidly coupled with our knowledge of local charitable organisations meant we were able to swiftly award grants at a grassroots level, where they could support the most vulnerable in society and have the greatest impact.