Strategic Response Grant Awards

Date Posted:05/05/2020

Northamptonshire Community Foundation has awarded over £317,000 to 92 community projects tackling the Coronavirus public health crisis by keeping people safe and well in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust and generously supported by local donors and the general public.

As part of its response through the Foundation’s Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund it has also awarded a number of Strategic Response Grants up to £20,000 to help deal with some of the emerging underlying issues and problems whilst keeping especially vulnerable residents safe and well.

Rachel McGrath, Deputy CEO of the Foundation, said: “Whereas our crisis response grants are responding to the needs of vulnerable residents directly such as food aid, shopping deliveries and befriending services, the purpose of the strategic response grants is to support larger co-ordinated partnership activity in local areas which are also tackling some of the underlying causes or barriers in order to respond more effectively to address local need. For example we have funded a collaboration of several food banks based in Northampton working together to ensure sufficient food supplies across each of their venues to effectively respond to food aid requests. Our ability to continue providing these larger and smaller grants will very much depend on the ability to keep raising much needed funds to tackle the current public health crisis. We are very grateful for the ongoing generosity of all our donors. They are making a huge difference to people’s lives.”

Strategic response grants worth £65,760 have been awarded to:

Serve Rushden in East Northamptonshire have been awarded £15,707 working in partnership with East Northamptonshire Community Resilience Hub to provide targeted intervention for people in crisis especially those with complex mental health needs to ensure there is a co-ordinated package of support and safety net provided to reduce individuals being at risk

Support Northamptonshire covering Wellingborough and Northampton have been awarded £16,030 working in partnership with Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council, Indian Hindu Welfare Organisation, Pravasi Mandal and Wellingborough District Hindu Association to tackle the disproportionate impact the Coronavirus has had on vulnerable local Asian citizens and communities.

Northampton Hope Centre have been awarded £20,000 working in partnership with Re:store Northampton, Weston Favell Food Bank, Shine Development CIC, St David’s Food Bank and Bugbrooke Food Bank  to provide a co-ordinated response to ensuring sufficient and varied food supply to key food banks working with a rage of vulnerable residents to make sure nutritious and sufficient supplies keep self-isolating  vulnerable families and individuals on a low income safe and well.

Home-Start Wellingborough and District have been awarded £14,023 working in partnership with Relate Northamptonshire, Service Six and Mind to provide a co-ordinated support hub to especially vulnerable families and children and young people  at risk.

Jessica Slater, CEO of SERVE Rushden, said: “This crisis has brought the country to a standstill, although the situation has been terrible, it has highlighted the important work our voluntary sector does, not just during a crisis but every single day.  SERVE has seen many people come to us to volunteer and support the most vulnerable in our community, it has really brought the community together.”

Pratima Dattani, CEO of Support Northamptonshire, said: “Overall, we as a partnership want to offer reassurance and address any disproportionate impact of the Coronavirus on the Asian community by providing appropriate support and services to reduce hardship, anxiety, fear, worries and to improve people’s wellbeing at this time of crisis.”

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