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At Heart of Bucks, we have been busy distributing emergency grants to Bucks-based charities, organisations and individuals who need it most during the COVID-19 outbreak.

We have been funding groups and individuals from our Bucks Coronavirus Response Appeal and the national NET Coronavirus Appeal and are delighted to announce that, as of 28th April 2020, we have distributed £127,119.75 so far.

Our grants team is working hard to assess grant applications, identify local organisations in need and, together with our team of Community Advocates, support vulnerable people at this time.

Are you a local charity or organisation working to help the local community during the coronavirus? Then you may be eligible for funding from one of our Coronavirus Response Funds. Click here for more information and to apply.

 

Who we’ve helped

With funds from the Bucks Coronavirus Response Appeal, we’ve distributed:

£13,368 to local charities, organisations and community groups

£11,002.73 to local individuals and families in need

 

With funds from the NET Coronavirus appeal, we’ve distributed:

£102,749.02 to local charities, organisations and community groups

 

We have distributed small grants to vulnerable individuals and families who have been financially struggling as a result of the pandemic, including:

– Requiring groceries
– Needing help with home utility and fuel costs
– Requiring vital household items

 

We have distributed grants of up to £5,000 to charities, organisations and community groups. Below are just a few of the beneficiaries:

Aylesbury Foodbank to extend their services to offer more help to disadvantaged people and families, from advice to three-day emergency food supplies.

Pace, a charity which supports children with disabilities, so they can provide remote education and therapy to vulnerable children and young people with cerebral palsy and other similar conditions.

Wycombe Mind and Buckinghamshire Mind, in order to extend their service to offer support online for people struggling with their mental health at this time.

The Ivers Good Neighbour Scheme, a service established to assist vulnerable people who need help attending doctor and hospital appointments, to prepare and distribute ‘Community Kindness Kits’ containing fresh fruit and vegetables among other helpful provisions. The scheme also delivers a hot meal per week to the most vulnerable people and run a dedicated phone line and texting service for isolated people.

Connection Support, a charity which helps people facing complex life challenges, to increase the number of welfare checks they can offer and the provision of supplies to isolated individuals, rough sleepers and those who are insecurely housed.

Bucks Disability Services, to rapidly and safely expand their volunteer team providing targeted advice, information and support to disabled people about the coronavirus emergency.

 

How you can help

We are working hard to get more grants out to those who need it. If you are able to help, you can donate to the Bucks Coronavirus Response Appeal by heading to our Total Giving page. If you’re unable to donate online, you can send a cheque to us, however in light of the UK government lockdown we will be unable to head into the office to get this so we’d appreciate online donations where possible.

Cheques can be made payable to ‘Heart of Bucks’ to: Heart of Bucks COVID-19 Appeal, Sunley House (4th floor), Oxford Road, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP19 8FQ.

We would encourage you to please gift aid your kind donations to maximise the urgent assistance we are able to give the local community.

 

From all of us at Heart of Bucks, thank you.