Local charities receive £8,000 in latest round of COVID-19 Emergency Charity Grant Scheme


Wednesday, 3 June, 2020
 COVID-19 Emergency Charity Grant Scheme logoThe third round of successful applicants has been announced in the SHBC COVID-19 Emergency Charity Grant Scheme.   
Six charitable organisations have been awarded a total of £8,000 to help deal with the impact of Coronavirus in the local community.   
The successful applicants are: 
  • Camberley Care Trust - £2,500 to help meet the costs of providing a telephone support service 
  • Sight for Surrey - £2,500 towards providing a service for up to 100 blind and deaf people within Surrey Heath  
  • Fredericks Foundation - £1,500 towards providing ongoing business support to clients in Surrey Heath, and a helpline for clients  
  • LinkAble - £500 towards providing a virtual support service for young people and families    
  • Woking Mind - £500 towards providing virtual support services to clients within Surrey Heath  
  • West End Scout Group - £500 towards providing virtual services to the group 

marked as decorativeWest End Scout Group Leader Andrew Channell said: “West End Scout Group are delighted to have received a Covid-19 Charity Grant from SHBC.

"Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are meeting online, allowing our young members to continue the adventure whilst face-to-face activities are suspended.

"However, the Group retains the necessary costs associated with providing Scouting and this grant replaces some of the income that events would have raised to help support the Group.”

This latest round of awards means that 20 local charitable organisations have now received grants totalling almost £50,000 from the Council’s new COVID-19 Emergency Charity Grant Scheme since its launch in April.   
Leader of SHBC, Cllr Alan McClafferty, said: “This new scheme is proving to be a lifeline to local charities working hard to meet the ongoing challenge of Coronavirus. 
“We are pleased to be able to award these grants to charities continuing to do such vital work in our communities, and I would like to reiterate my thanks to them and all charitable and voluntary organisations across the Borough.” 
SHBC launched the rapid response fund to help smaller charities affected by the impact of Coronavirus.     
The scheme funds individual grants of up to £20,000 and aims to retain the support within our community for those in the highest need. 
Successful applicants from previous rounds include High Cross Church (serving as a hub for voluntary community response group Surrey Heath Prepared), Disability Initiative, The Hope Hub, Woking and Sam Beare Hospice, Connect Counselling Service, and Surrey Heath Age Concern.