In May the government set up the Coronavirus Community Support Fund – a £200m cashpot with two
- To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.
- To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.
Bids into the fund ended in July and the government has just announced that 20 charities serving the Harrogate, Knaresborough and Boroughbridge area have shared £414,608.
The organisations benefiting from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund are:
|Happy Wanderers Ambulance Association||£3,200|
|Samaritans of Harrogate and District||£8,000|
|Harrogate District Hospice Care||£9,107|
|Boroughbridge and District Community Care||£9,000|
|New beginnings peer support||£4,332|
|Cliff House Community Support Service||£10,000|
|Vision Support Harrogate District||£7,056|
|Harrogate and Knaresborough Toy Library||£1,307|
|Harrogate and Ripon Council for Voluntary Services||£23,346|
|Mind in Harrogate District||£24,700|
|Disability Action Yorkshire||£21,893|
|Community Catalysts CIC||£69,000|
|Orb Community Enterprise||£65,000|
|Yorkshire Yoga and Therapy Centre||£48,990|
|Wesley Centre Harrogate||£37,500|
There have been many funds available for charities and the Community Support Fund was specifically set up to help social enterprises and other bodies giving essential support to vulnerable people. Over the last decade since I became the MP for our area I have seen first-hand the valuable work many of the organisations do. I am delighted that they are benefiting from the Support Fund and continuing the fantastic work they do.