£1 million in crisis grants given

Sussex Community Foundation has distributed an incredible £1 million in emergency funding in less than ten weeks, through its Sussex Crisis Fund, set up at the start of lockdown. 

“We are delighted to announce that we have given £1,089,073 in grants to charities and community groups across Sussex in ten weeks,” said Kevin Richmond, CEO of the Foundation. “We normally give around £2 million in grants over the course of a year and so it’s great news that, thanks to all our donors, the Sussex public, our trustees and staff, we have been able to support our communities in this way.”

The Fund has been kick-started with generous donations from the Argus Appeal Fund and American Express, as well as from many donors, Foundation fund holders and the general public. It also includes funding from the National Emergencies Trust national appeal.

The Foundation is keen that charities and community groups should continue to apply for funding through the Sussex Crisis Fund.

 “As time goes on, it is clear that the effects of this crisis will be with us for many months, if not years, to come. We are now moving into the next phase of our work and supporting communities to recover from the immediate crisis and meet their longer term changing needs.”

Applications can be made online here.

One of the groups funded this week is the Exeter Hall Community Hall in Brighton (pictured here). The hall has seen a massive reduction in income as the hall has been closed for hire. However, they are hosting and offering volunteers to other groups, such as Time to Talk Befriending, that has been preparing and distributing meals for elderly and vulnerable people, Brighton & Hove sheltered housing residents and the Ambulance Service.

A full list of the groups funded is available at 360 Giving and select Sussex Community Foundation from the dropdown.

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