Emergency fund grants already helping welsh communities
A foodbank focussing on delivering to the elderly and those self-isolating in Blaenau Gwent and a crisis support service for families where someone has a disability in Powys are among the first grants awarded from the Wales Coronavirus Resilience Fund.
Through the applications for funding, we have seen how charities and community groups are adapting to offer support during the current crisis with a significant focus on food distribution to elderly and vulnerable people and trying to help those in isolation stay connected to their local community.
Community Foundation Wales set up the Wales Coronavirus Resilience Fund to fund charities, community groups and not for profit organisations working with the most vulnerable in Wales.
Richard Williams, Chief Executive of Community Foundation Wales said:
“We have been taken aback by the response to this fund – charities in Wales are clearly facing a crisis scenario as their funds dry up, while demand is at its highest and most urgent.
We realise families are facing difficult and uncertain times at the moment but if ever you were thinking of how you can make a difference to your community, this is the time to step forward.
We would be so grateful for any donations to this fund – the money will go very quickly to the frontline, supporting vulnerable people in communities all over Wales.”
Community Foundation Wales launched the fund with an initial £200,000 and have already tripled the fund pot thanks to large donations from organisations such as Admiral and Waterloo Foundation and generous contributions from Friends of Community Foundation Wales and the Welsh public.
The support shown for the fund has been great so far but more is needed to ensure help is available to all who need it.
We are again urging people and businesses to consider giving to this urgent appeal by donating online.
To ensure the best possible support for people in Wales we are also partnering with the National Emergencies Trust (NET), who have launched the NET Coronavirus Appeal.
Community Foundation Wales is working with NET to distribute £100,000 from their appeal to those in Wales who need it most.