Heart of Bucks, the Community Foundation for Buckinghamshire, recently set up the Bucks Coronavirus Response Appeal to support charities in Buckinghamshire who are most affected and vulnerable at this time of crisis.
In addition to the funds raised by this local appeal, Heart of Bucks have also received funding from the National Emergencies Trust (NET) Coronavirus Appeal to distribute locally.
Both appeals and the funds generated from them are the result of generous donations from individuals and businesses wanting to make a difference at this uncertain and challenging time.
Heart of Bucks have distributed over £200,000 so far in emergency funds to Buckinghamshire-based charities, organisations and community groups who are working to alleviate some of the negative impact that the coronavirus has had on the local community.
Among the many local groups supported by these funds, Heart of Bucks have given grants to Aylesbury Foodbank to enable them to offer more help to disadvantaged people and families, Wycombe Mind and Buckinghamshire Mind to help them extend their service to offer support online for people struggling with their mental health at this time, and Pace, a charity which supports children with disabilities, so they can provide remote education and therapy to vulnerable children.
The Fremantle Trust, who received a grant from the NET Coronavirus Appeal, used their funding to bring hope to their care home residents during this difficult time. They purchased a total of 41 tablets and 41 Google Chromecasts and staff spent time teaching the elderly residents how to use this technology to make video calls to their families, send and receive messages and photos and even get involved with interactive activities like gaming and taking part in online exercise videos.
“I can’t begin to tell you what a difference the grant has made to our services”, said Sue Faulkner, Community and Lifestyle Manager at The Fremantle Trust. “There have been many tears of joy.
“Birthdays have been shared, sing-alongs with family members, and so much more… Being able to keep families connected through this difficult time has touched so many of us – we couldn’t have done it without Heart of Bucks acting so quickly on my application”.
Heart of Bucks continue to fund local groups on a daily basis and are actively encouraging applications from groups in Buckinghamshire who are working to alleviate some the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the local community.
If you are a Buckinghamshire charity, organisation or community group currently running activities or projects to support the community at this time, then Heart of Bucks would love to hear from you.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available from both the Bucks Coronavirus Response Appeal and the NET Coronavirus Appeal to groups helping the most vulnerable people in the community.
To read the application criteria and to apply for funding for both funds with just one application form, head to heartofbucks.org/coronavirus-response-funds/.