Sussex Crisis Fund reaches the £2 million milestone in grants given to help people affected by the coronavirus crisis.
The Sussex Crisis Fund was launched by the Sussex Community Foundation back in March to provide funding for charities and groups supporting people across the county in the wake of the pandemic.
The Argus Appeal and American Express each gave £50,000 to kick off the campaign and grants given have now reached an incredible £2,064,840.
The Foundation has been able to give out 470 grants to charities helping the most vulnerable since the appeal was launched.
One of those charities is Pelican Parcels, based in Castle Street in Brighton, which collects and distributes essential items including cots, buggies, clothing and nappies to low-income families in the city.
Trustee Shelley Bennett said Pelican Parcels was forced to close its small office temporarily when the pandemic first hit, and a £5,000 grant from the Sussex Crisis Fund has helped the charity pay rent and reopen.
She said: “It was very hard for families, as we were only able to do emergency orders. If your buggy breaks and you can’t afford a new one, what do you do? Since reopening, we’ve gone straight back to helping thirty plus families a week,” says Shelley. “Lots of professionals we receive referrals from are saying how happy they are our service is back. The funding is absolutely incredible. It’s critical for us to expand our services.”
Shelley said Pelican Parcels is also sending supplies to food banks in the city to help meet demand.
“The Sussex Crisis Fund is still open for applications and, crucially, charities and community groups can apply to the fund at the same time as making an application to our general awards round which as a deadline of Friday 11th September,” says Hannah Clay, Head of Grant Programmes at Sussex Community Foundation.
Please visit our Grants page here for more information on making an application to either the Sussex Crisis Fund and/or our general awards round. Or call the Grants Team on 01273 409440.