Impact Review by Northamptonshire Community Foundation shows amazing response by awarded groups during the first 100 days of the Coronavirus Public Health Crisis
Written by Martin Steers on August 7, 2020
Northamptonshire Community Foundation has reported that its Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund has enabled 73,427 local residents to be supported during the first 100 days of the COVID-19 public health crisis. The funding has meant that in that time £572,697 has been awarded to 178 community projects across the county. This has included providing food aid, medical supplies, counselling services, community transport, educational activities, health and wellbeing activities to many individuals and families including especially vulnerable residents to keep them well and safe from harm. Projects have been supported by 6464 volunteers during this time.
The Community Foundation’s impact review also highlights the United Nations Sustainable Development goals (UNSDGs) it has been working towards through the delivery of the emergency response funding including no poverty, zero hunger, good health and wellbeing, quality education and reducing inequalities. Staff members are each championing a UNSDG to help contribute to tackle the global goals locally as part of their commitment to improve quality of life for all by 2030.
During the first 100 days of the Foundation’s appeal it has also managed to raise £684,714.14 through generous donors and partners including the National Emergencies Trust, local donors and the general public. The appeal has since raised and continues to raise further funds to help with the ongoing work of supporting vulnerable residents and helping charitable organisations recover from the impact of COVID-19.
Rachel McGrath, Deputy CEO said: “We are delighted to share our interim impact review to celebrate the extraordinary civil society response of local community groups, charities and donors during this devastating public health crisis. We have been completely blown away and deeply humbled by the care and concern and range and breadth of projects to keep people safe and well here in Northamptonshire. It is a testimony to the true value of the voluntary and charitable sector in an emergency. We will continue to do our utmost to work with a range of donors, the National Emergencies Trust and other partners to ensure monies continue to cover work responding to this public health crisis and beyond. We cannot thank our donors enough for their support to date.” You can read the interim impact report via the website: www.ncf.uk.com/about-us/our-impact