Coronavirus Emergency Fund Raises £1.1m to Offer Financial Lifeline to Charities

Four weeks ago, Kent Community Foundation announced the launch of the KCF Coronavirus Emergency Fund to support charities and community groups facing extreme difficulties including closure, as the impact of social distancing puts a stop to crucial fundraising activities.

The amazing total of £1.1m which has been raised to date includes a donation of £521,000 from the National Emergencies Trust and Kent Community Foundation is working to ensure this money reaches the communities that are most in need.

Natalie Smith, Director of Grants and Impact, said “The Kent Community Foundation grants team has received over 259 applications for the Coronavirus Emergency Fund since it launched on 23 March and we have been working at speed to  distribute funding to charities and community groups who are desperate for support. We have to date supported 159 charitable organisations with grants totalling over half a million pounds. The work doesn’t stop here of course, as we begin to look ahead and consider how these incredible charities will also play a part in the recovery from the worst of the pandemic.”

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The KCF Coronavirus Emergency Fund takes applications for grants of up to £10,000, from constituted charities, and community interest companies (CIC) with an annual income of £200,000 or less, to fill the hole that not being able to fundraise has created during the Coronavirus restrictions. The Fund has supported many charities who offer front-line services to tackle the immediate effects of the pandemic as well as those who continue to offer ongoing services which will continue to provide vital services across Kent and Medway in the uncertain months ahead.