Emergency fund will support charities and not-for-profit groups

A £300,000 emergency fund has been launched to help charities and not-for-profit organisations continue to support communities through the Covid-19 crisis.

East Sussex County Council (ESCC) is inviting voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations whose income has been significantly affected by the Government’s ‘stay at home’ advice, to apply for a grant.

The CV-19 VCSE Emergency Grant Fund will enable the hardest hit to get a cash boost of up to £50,000 within a matter of days of applying.

Councillor Keith Glazier, leader of ESCC, said: “The restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the virus, while completely necessary, have forced the closure of shops, cafes, social clubs and other services which generate income voluntary and community organisations rely on.

Keith Glazier, leader of ESCC

“Without this money, many are struggling to continue the vital work they do in supporting communities and the most vulnerable residents in our county. We hope the emergency fund will alleviate some of the pressure on community and voluntary organisations which are doing an amazing job.”

As well as creating the emergency grant fund, ESCC has contributed £100,000 to the Sussex Crisis Fund run by Sussex Community Foundation, from which organisations can apply for up to £5,000 to help them respond to local needs.

The county council is also supporting district and borough councils to provide community hubs – a central point of contact for those who are isolated, anxious or unwell at home and do not have family or friends they can call on.

Mr Glazier added: “Now, more than ever, we need to work together to protect our most vulnerable friends, family members and neighbours. We can all do our bit to support our frontline workers, volunteers and community organisations by continuing to stay at home and following the Government’s social distancing advice.”

The CV-19 1 VCSE Emergency Grant Fund is open to an East Sussex-based voluntary, community and social enterprise organisation that relies on an income stream that has been significantly affected by the Government restrictions.

For further information and to apply for a grant visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/community/funding/emergencyfunding/

For information about the Sussex Crisis Fund, set up to support the community and voluntary sector in response to the coronavirus outbreak visit https://sussexgiving.org.uk/sussexcrisisfund

For information about the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the help and support available, visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/community/emergencyplanningandcommunitysafety/coronavirus/

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