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The National Emergencies Trust (NET) have launched a fundraising appeal to help those most affected by the recent coronavirus outbreak.

The appeal is raising funds for local charities and grassroots organisations that can provide vital support to people in the quickest way possible. As such, the NET will be working closely with the UK Community Foundation (UKCF) network for the charitable relief for the vulnerable across the country.

As a member organisation of UKCF, Heart of Bucks will be the local distribution partner in Buckinghamshire for funds allocated to the county from this appeal.

In the first phase of this appeal, the NET released £100,000 to each of the nations through the community foundations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. For all other community foundations, Heart of Bucks being one, the NET made available funds of £50,000.

In the second phase of this appeal, the NET have given UKCF £5m to distribute to members. This has been allocated according to the following criteria:

Step 1:  Country split: Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England

This allocation is primarily based on the population of each country but also takes into account the number of elderly (Self Isolation need), the number of people on benefits (Economic need) and the distances between members of the population.

Step 2:  England split

England Community Foundations’ allocation of £4.03m is determined as follows:

20% of the England total to be shared amongst all members equally to ensure every allocation is meaningful.  The rest is distributed based on need, with Self-Isolation Related Need having a 50% weighting (over 70s, vulnerable people due to health and disability) and Economic Need having a 50% weighting (low income households, homelessness, etc).

The allocation for Heart of Bucks in this second phase is £38,110.

In the third phase of this appeal, the NET have given UKCF a further £5m to distribute to members. The allocation for Heart of Bucks in this third phase, calculated as in the second phase, is £38,610.

In the fourth phase of this appeal, the NET have given UKCF a further £5m to distribute to members. The allocation for Heart of Bucks in this fourth phase, calculated as in the second and third phases, is £38,610.

In the fifth phase of this appeal, the NET have given UKCF a further £5m to distribute to members. The allocation for Heart of Bucks in this fifth phase, calculated as in the second, third and fourth phases, is £38,610.

In the sixth phase of this appeal, the NET have given UKCF a further £5m to distribute to members. The allocation for Heart of Bucks in this sixth phase, calculated as in the second, third, fourth and fifth phases, is £38,610.

In the seventh phase of this appeal, the NET have used a different formula to distribute funds. 10% of the England total has been shared amongst UKCF members and the rest is distributed based on need, with Self-Isolation Related Need now having a 25% weighting (over 70s, vulnerable people due to health and disability) and Economic Need now having a 75% weighting (low income households, homelessness, etc).

The allocation for Heart of Bucks in this seventh phase is £32,670.

In the eighth phase of this appeal, the NET have made small adjustments to the formula used for the seventh phase.

The allocation for Heart of Bucks in this eighth phase is £32,670.

 

Heart of Bucks, working in partnership with the NET, are working to distribute these funds as quickly as possible due to the urgency of the situation.

If you would like to make a donation to help vulnerable people across the country through NET’s appeal, The Big Give is match-funding so your donation will be doubled! Head to donate.thebiggive.org.uk/covid-19 to donate.

If you are a Buckinghamshire-based community group, charity or organisation interested in applying for funding from this appeal, please visit our Coronavirus Response Funds page.