Emergency fund distributes £760,000
The Lancashire Covid-19 Community Support Fund has given out more than £760,000 across the county.
The fund was set up in April to respond to the challenges faced by the coronavirus emergency. It aims to raise £1m overall.
Donations are managed by The Community Foundation for Lancashire in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust and Lancashire Resilience Forum.
So far, £760,970 has been donated. This includes £536,580 from the National Emergency Trust plus £220,000 coming from local authorities who form the Lancashire Resilience Forum, with partners including police, fire and health. Further donations have come through online giving and direct donations from the public.
The Fund is awarding grants to support community organisations providing vital services like foodbanks, delivery of food and care packages to vulnerable people, telephone and online services offering friendship and support to help reduce isolation, emotional, mental health and domestic violence support and financial inclusion, support to access benefits and debt advice.
Rae Brooke, chief executive for the Community Foundation for Lancashire, said: “The Lancashire COVID-19 Community Support Fund has already had a far-reaching impact, supporting community and voluntary organisations on the frontline helping the most vulnerable across the county."
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