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200 grants handed out to community groups & charities in Bucks

Around £500,000 has been divided up to help the likes of foodbanks, mental health services and domestic abuse support.

Published by Dan Gooding at 8:00am 25th May 2020. 3-minute read.

200 grants handed out to community groups & charities in Bucks

From foodbanks to mental health care, over half a million pounds has been given to charities in Buckinghamshire.

The fund - managed by the Council and other organisations - was set up because of the Covid-19 outbreak and has helped over 200 groups.

The plan is to keep going, to boost schemes set up to get alongside people during the outbreak.

Ashley Waite and Bernie the bus
Bernie the bus is one of those projects which have benefited

The group, including Buckinghamshire Council, The Clare Foundation, The Rothschild Foundation, The National Lottery Community Fund, Leap, and Heart of Bucks, has already released more than £500,000 in emergency funding since March.

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Over 200 small grants have gone to support a range of initiatives, including food bank provision, support for the elderly and isolated, increased mental health care, and support for victims of domestic violence.

Gareth Williams, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities said:

"It's great that we've been able to work so closely and in such a well-coordinated way with our funding partners across the County.

"We are able to prioritise where we allocate resources which will help our community bounce back from the ravages of Coronavirus."

Help / support / meeting
Support services have been boosted by the grants

The partnership will continue to maximise funding opportunities for the many projects and activities that local community organisations and charities have set up in response to the pandemic.

Henry Allmand, the Chief Executive of Heart of Bucks and Chair of the Funding Strategy Group said:

"We are pleased to be working closely with our funding partners at this very challenging time.

"As the Community Foundation, we are acutely aware that emergency funds must be immediately available for the many excellent local charities and organisations working hard to support Buckinghamshire."

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