Published — 16 November, 2020

Government fund awards over £400,000 to 20 local charities


In May the government set up the Coronavirus Community Support Fund – a £200m cashpot with two aims:

1.     To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.

2.     To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.

Bids into the fund ended in July and the government has just announced that 20 charities serving  the Harrogate, Knaresborough and Boroughbridge area have shared £414,608.

There have been many funds available for charities and the Community Support Fund was specifically set up to help social enterprises and other bodies giving essential support to vulnerable people.  Over the last decade since I became the MP for our area I have seen first-hand the valuable work many of the organisations do.  I am delighted that they are benefiting from the Support Fund and continuing the fantastic work they do.”

Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate & Knaresborough

The organisations benefiting from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund are:

Autism Angels£8,500
Claro Enterprises£10,000
Resurrected Bites£10,000
Happy Wanderers Ambulance Association£3,200
Samaritans of Harrogate and District£8,000
Harrogate District Hospice Care£9,107
Boroughbridge and District Community Care£9,000
New beginnings peer support£4,332
Cliff House Community Support Service£10,000
Vision Support Harrogate District£7,056
Harrogate and Knaresborough Toy Library£1,307
Artizan International£19,465
Harrogate and Ripon Council for Voluntary Services£23,346
Mind in Harrogate District£24,700
Open Country£24,212
Disability Action Yorkshire£21,893
Community Catalysts CIC£69,000
Orb Community Enterprise£65,000
Yorkshire Yoga and Therapy Centre£48,990
Wesley Centre Harrogate£37,500

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