Quartet Coronavirus Response Fund smashes target

By Ben Carey on 10 August, 2020

Following the launch of its urgent charity appeal in March, Quartet Community Foundation has awarded over £1million to more than 200 projects across the region.

Hundreds of philanthropists, local donors, charitable trusts, the National Emergencies Trust (NET) and the media joined the appeal to ensure money is available to support vital services throughout the crisis.

The aim of the grants is to help voluntary groups and charities adapt to the challenges faced by Covid-19, allowing them to continue to offer much-needed support within their communities.

From food banks to mental health charities, Quartet has awarded grants ranging from £396 to £20,000.

Over a fifth of this £1million is helping feed vulnerable people; a grant of £20,000 was given to FareShare South West to ensure food is accessible and affordable for charities and individuals living in B&NES.

Claire Wynne Hughes, Quartet’s Philanthropy Executive for B&NES, said, “The generosity of people has been amazing. It’s thanks to their fundraising, the generosity of National Emergencies Trust donors, local philanthropists and businesses, that we’ve been able to support these charities to reach local people during the coronavirus crisis.

“Thanks to them local charitable causes have been able to support people in need through the worst of the crisis, ferrying food and prescriptions to those unable to get out of the house. And this important work continues as we support holiday activities for young people and fund charities so they can be there for local people, whatever the next six months may bring.”

In total 40 charitable groups in B&NES have received support. These include:

  • £5,000 to Age UK B&NES
  • £5,000 to Julian House
  • £2,550 to Young Carers Development Trust
  • £20,000 to Bath Rugby Foundation
  • £5,000 to Keynsham Food bank
  • £1,075 to Saltford Community Association
  • £1,750 to Chew Valley Connect

You can read the full list of all grants awarded here.

Following the success of the Coronavirus Response Fund, Quartet is now raising funds for its new Coronavirus Recovery and Stabilisation Grant Programme.

Sporting Family Change in B&NES is one of the first groups to benefit. It is using its £9,786 award to continue supporting adolescents with mental health challenges in their transition back to school.

Jilly Edwards from Sporting Family Change said, “This grant will be a huge help to us in times of financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. It will enable us to return to delivering our core mentoring project in a newly adapted way.

“Resuming mentoring will also give adolescents with mental health challenges the confidence to go outdoors again, get their fitness levels back up and enable them to socialise whilst feeling safe because of the new procedures we have in place.”

Charitable and voluntary groups in B&NES can apply for up to £10,000 through Quartet Community Foundation’s Coronavirus Recovery and Stabilisation Grant Programme. Visit the website for more information.