Quartet Community Foundation releases Covid impact report

By Ben Carey on 2 August, 2021

Quartet Community Foundation has released its new Covid impact report giving insights into how it responded to the Covid crisis.

Quartet is the largest charity supporting the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprises (VCSO) sector in the West of England. Between April 2020 and March 2021, it distributed a record £5.2 million to organisations across the region.

The report, A year like no other: responding together to the Covid crisis 2020/21, details the reach and impact of its grant-making and the role of community action and local charitable giving. Last year a total of 930 local projects received Quartet grant funding.

Together, these projects funded through Quartet supported over 590,000 people in B&NES, Bristol, North Somerset and South Glos. This includes those self-isolating or shielding, hungry families or people needing mental health support due to the pressures of the pandemic.

Quartet also recorded its highest ever total of donations and voluntary income last year of £16.7 million. This ranged across both local and national funds, including the National Emergencies Trust.

The impact report also looks ahead at what needs to be done to support the local charitable sector as it tackles social needs exacerbated by the pandemic. Quartet has recently launched a Recovery Fund and is keen to hear from individuals and companies interested in working with them.

Suzanne Rolt, CEO of Quartet Community Foundation, said, “During the pandemic we’ve worked like never before, with record levels of funds both raised and distributed. This has only been possible thanks to the generosity of our donors and fund holders. Through their support and by working collaboratively with partner community organisations, we’ve been able to make a significant impact on local lives.

“We recognise that the need for support across local communities is as high today as it has been throughout the pandemic. This is not a return to business as usual; Quartet is helping organisations to adapt and to work in new ways. This requires longer term, strategic support.

“At Quartet we’d love to hear from people inspired by this work so we can work together to deliver a well-thought-out Recovery Plan.”

Sue Mountstevens, Chair of Quartet Community Foundation, added, “I’m so proud of everything the team has achieved over the past year and in the face of enormous challenges. Yet 16 months on the pandemic is far from over, and the demand for our grants continues to grow. Quartet is here to bring together people who want to help the local community with projects that make a real difference. I’d invite anyone interested in helping to tackle this rising need to read the report and get in touch with the team.”

Pictured: Suzanne Rolt and Sue Mountstevens of Quartet Community Foundation

Impact report in numbers

  • 591,981 people benefited through Quartet’s grants
  • £5.2m grant funding for local organisations
  • £1.76 every £1 of grant funding through Quartet enabled community groups to unlock a further £1.76 from elsewhere
  • 47% of groups said their grant led to improved access to services and support
  • 42% of groups said their grant led to reduced social isolation
  • 46% of groups said their grant ensured their services could continue