Dorset Community Foundation Disperses nearly £500K in Coronavirus Emergency Funding

Coronavirus Emergency Funding Disperses £446,000 in Support to 140 Local Groups

Dorset Community Foundation, a local charitable foundation raising funds for those most in need, is one of the first organisations to set up a pan Dorset fund in response to the Coronavirus pandemic to support groups and smaller charities supporting those most in need. The Foundation has just announced an important milestone – for the last 9 weeks they have supported 140 groups to the value of £446,000.

In addition, the Foundation has also worked closely with the National Emergencies Trust, local and regional charitable trusts and generous individuals to raise an amazing £600,000 for the Dorset Coronavirus Community Appeal, which supplies the vital funding to local groups.

Overwhelmed by people's generosity

Grant Robson, Foundation Director explained: ’We are overwhelmed by people’s generosity, which has enabled us to play a significance part in Dorset’s response to the crisis. We have made grants to foodbanks, community transport, older people’s groups, health and disability support, community volunteers, food deliveries, homelessness, mental health and family well-being, to name a few.’

One of the supported groups is Purbeck Youth and Community Foundation (photo above), which received a grant of £5,000 to support activities that are being offered to disadvantaged young people during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Friends of Brianstpuddle Post Office and Village Shop Association also received a grant of £1,000 from the Dorset Coronavirus Community Fund. The grant supported the cost of face masks, gloves and protective equipment, so that volunteers can safely deliver food to vulnerable local residents.

Supporting mental health

The support that the Dorset Coronavirus Community Fund offers also stretches to supporting projects such as mental health support sessions for young carers. The charity MYTime received £5,000 for the co-ordination and delivery of online emotional support for young carers to address increased mental health risks and needs due to social distancing.

Penelope Day from MYTime shared: ‘MYTime Young Carers are so grateful to have received this funding. The money will go straight into MYTime @ Home, our online programme launched specifically in response to the coronavirus crisis, and designed to provide young carers with the support and bite-sized opportunities for relaxation they need right now. It will enable us to reach out to young carers all over the country at a time when they are likely to be feeling more isolated and overwhelmed than ever, and to let them know that they have not been forgotten about.’

Thank you to all supporters of the Appeal including Wareham Tower Chimes

The Dorset Community Foundation Team would like to thank all the donors and supporters of the Appeal including Wareham Tower Chimes, who are raising donations for the Dorset Coronavirus Community Appeal through an art auction, (see details below).

For more details on the work of Dorset Community Foundation including funding opportunities and how to donate to the Appeal, please visit: www.dorsetcommunityfoundation.org.

Grant Robson, Foundation Director

Art4Action Auction, Sunday 14th June from 3.00pm...

The Art4Action online auction on Sunday June 14th is an exciting opportunity to support the Dorset Community Coronavirus Appeal and buy art by Purbeck artists at the same time.  

Art4Action is being organised by Wareham Tower Chimes magazine and Purbeck Art Weeks (PAW) Festival, and is supported by Wareham Town Council. 60% of the proceeds will go to the artists,  25% to the Dorset Community Foundation (Charity no. 1122113), and 15% to Purbeck Art Weeks (Charity no.1140350).

There’s over 220 lots for auction, so if you want to have a look, go to the online auction platform by clicking here. Note that the auction is being facilitated by EasyLiveAuction.com, whose reduced charges are generously being provided by Meyers Estate Agents. If you want to have a look at the catalogue we have created on this website, click here.

Please join in and help make this a huge success!

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