Sussex Community Foundation has launched a new £100,000 fund, the Sussex Crisis Fund, to help local charities and community groups, supporting people suffering as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
The Argus Appeal and American Express have both generously donated £50,000 to kick-start the Fund but the Foundation is appealing for local people to add to the new fund to help those most affected in their local communities. An online giving page has been set up but donors can also give direct to the Foundation.
Examples of work the new fund might support includes helping vulnerable people in self-isolation, support for food banks and organisations working to combat hardship caused by the pandemic or coordinating community response.
The fund also aims to help smaller charities and community groups which are themselves facing financial difficulties, as a result of the outbreak, focusing on those working with communities affected by the virus. This might mean changing the way they work and need to buy additional equipment, in order to carry on providing their services.
“Smaller charities and voluntary groups are the absolute backbone of community life here in Sussex. They support everyone from people with mental health problems to families on low incomes, from isolated older people to those without a roof over their heads,” said Kevin Richmond, Chief Executive of Sussex Community Foundation.
“Their support will still be needed when this crisis is over – but, like their counterparts in the business world, they are struggling to survive over this period. We are calling on everyone to support our local charities to keep going over the next few months by donating to our new Sussex Crisis Fund, as much or as little as they can afford. This way, we can support the key charity workers that are helping those most badly affected here in Sussex.”
“We know that many local charities are already doing all they can to help those most in need. Our new fund will support them to continue to do what they do best which is supporting the more vulnerable in our communities.”
How to apply
Grants will usually be for up to £5,000. More information on our Grants pages.
To donate in Sussex
To donate nationally
Visit the NET Coronavirus Appeal Sussex Community Foundation is working with the National Emergencies Trust to distribute funds received through the national NET Coronavirus Appeal.
- Sussex Community Foundation raises funds for and makes grants to charities and community groups across East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove.
- Should any funds donated to the Sussex Crisis Fund be unspent once the coronavirus emergency has passed, remaining funds will be used to support people and communities affected by future emergencies in Sussex.
- As a charity itself, Sussex Community Foundation needs to cover its costs of raising funds and distributing grants. 5% of donations will go towards the Foundation’s work in managing the Sussex Crisis Fund. This percentage may be reduced in future, if the Foundation is able to secure grants to cover costs.
- Online donation portal Totalgiving makes no charge to either the donor or the charity involved.