Dorset Community Foundation distributes Art4Action money raised, and launches 2nd Coronavirus Fund

Dorset Coronavirus Appeal secures over £900,000 through donations like Wareham Tower Chimes' and PAW's recent art auction, to support local groups and charities.

Some may recall that back in June, 34 Purbeck artists offered their work for sale through the Art4Action online auction, raising £2207 for the Dorset Coronavirus Community Fund among other causes. This venture had been initiated by Wareham Tower Chimes, but then with Purbeck Art Weeks teaming up to organise the artist’s pieces for auction, it became a reality, raising nearly £9000 in total.

The Community Fund is managed by the DORSET COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, a local charitable Foundation supporting those most in need across the county. Recently we heard from Grant Robson, the Director at the DCF, thanking everyone for their support, and explaining where the money raised through the auction went to. He told us:

“The proceeds were added to our Dorset Coronavirus Community Fund and helped to fund Swanage Neighbours. Their project will support families on low incomes with home craft packs during the summer holidays, for primary school children who receive free school meals. The money donated will support the family as well as the wellbeing and development of each child. 

Dorset Coronavirus Community Fund has now raised just shy of £1 million which is being distributed throughout the county to help those affected by Coronavirus here in Dorset. As you can see every pound really does make a difference to the lives of those worst affected, so sincerely, thank you from myself and the team.”

The work continues on for the DCF though, and it is now moving to the second phase of their response as the needs within Dorset’s villages, towns and their inhabitants change and develop.

DCF now launching its 2nd round of their Coronavirus Response Fund...

The Dorset Community Foundation has just launched Phase 2 of their Dorset Coronavirus Community Fund. The second funding round will support groups and charities helping Dorset people suffering hardship and disadvantage as a result of the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first phase of  funding, over the last four months, the Foundation supported almost 200 projects to the value of just over £500,000.

Grant Robson, Foundation Director shared: 

“Ultimately, as a funder, it’s vital we seek the best ways to support and sustain small charities and community groups because without these front-line voluntary organisations, our communities face an even tougher recovery from the impacts of Covid-19.  As a Community Foundation we are a core local part the solution and working with our donors we can ensure that emergency and resilience funding (as well as longer term funding) gets to the right place, where it will have most impact. This is what we do.

As one of the only local funders still awarding grants at this time, we need to keep raising more support as the demand is unprecedented and will grow. We are by no means finished and we continue to be more relevant than ever before in our 20 years of operation, all for the benefit of communities within Dorset.”

#Masks4All is making a real difference to key workers

One of the DCF’s supported projects is #Masks4All, which is making a real difference to key workers, care home staff, GP surgery staff, hospital staff, local schools, charities, community volunteer groups, social work teams, family workers and lifeboat crew by providing them with colourful re-usable face masks. One of the beneficiaries from the project shared: ’Thank you so much for your help and for the masks. It is such a kind thing you are doing for the community in such uncertain times.’

How to apply for a Dorset Coronavirus Community Fund grant...

The Phase 2 of the Dorset Coronavirus Community Fund offers three types of grants – £2,000 fast track grants, £5,000 longer-term grants and £10,000 partnership grants. The deadline for applications is noon on 28th August.

To apply or find out more for the work of Dorset Community Foundation please go to www.dorsetcommunityfoundation.org.

To apply for funding, support the Coronavirus Community Appeal or find out more about the wider work of Dorset Community Foundation please visit www.dorsetcommunityfoundation.org.

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