Another 17 community and voluntary organisations have been awarded grants from the council’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency fund.
Grants awarded from the fund now total more than £100,000.
The fund has been set up to help community and voluntary organisations in Brighton & Hove who are supporting the city’s most vulnerable residents.
Projects benefitting this round include groups providing emergency food and community meals, support for older isolated people and help for victims of domestic abuse. These include:
- The Bevy – to cover costs of providing community meals
- Brighton Women’s Centre – to cover costs of additional demand and phones for victims
- Time to Talk Befriending - to cover additional support for isolated older people
- RISE - for home working equipment to continue help and support for victims of domestic abuse
- Fareshare – to cover management of extra volunteers recruited to cover crisis
- St Richards Church & Community Centre – to support the emergency food hub and cover lost income from the partial closure of the centre
Councillor Alan Robins, chair of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities & Culture committee, said:
“Community and voluntary groups across the city are doing incredible work to support vulnerable people during this crisis. There have also been an amazing number of people volunteering to help out.
“Groups have reacted quickly and come up with creative ideas to carry on serving the people who need them.
“Our emergency fund has been set up in recognition that this is an unexpected pressure for many services and the extra financial support is vital.”
Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency fund
In total, the council has pledged £150,000 to support organisations facing unexpected costs as a direct result of the impact of Covid-19. The money is coming from the council’s Communities Fund.