Our Trustees have managed to meet remotely to assess the COVID-19 crisis and the best community focused grants applications. Under these most challenging and unprecedented circumstances, they immediately authorised emergency funding to several mainly food essentials services. They then took the decision to award the majority of this rounds funds (and our largest ever single grant) to the SCF Crisis fund for Sussex (see separate post). Further to this they agreed on 13 strong general community grants, some to be paid immediately for causes adapting their services to lockdown conditions, and the deferral of others until we are hopefully out of these restrictions in the Autumn. A decisive and positive reaction which we hope puts our funds to where they are most needed, now and as things get back to normal.
A selection of the new groups we are now pleased to be supporting:
- Fellowship 83
- Sussex Stalking Support
- Brighton Bike Hub
We were also able to offer new funding to a few previous groups to continue and expand their amazing work. Take a bow St Johns Homeless Service in Brighton, CYCALL in Worthing and Action on Elder Abuse across Sussex. Also a repeat ‘day out’ Grant for the Gateway womens centre users.
Our next physical grants meeting is scheduled to take place in October (application deadline is 30th September 2020).