DCF’s Covid-19 fund

DORSET Community Foundation has launched the Dorset Coronavirus Community Fund to support local charities and voluntary organisations that are assisting some of the county’s most vulnerable people during the crisis.

Donations raised through the foundation’s Dorset Coronavirus Community Appeal, as well as funds from the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal will support community and voluntary organisations providing vital support to people and communities in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The aim of the fund is to effectively and efficiently support local voluntary and community organisations that are helping vulnerable people impacted by the Covid-19 crisis; easing the immediate difficulties communities are facing and to support their recovery over the coming weeks and months. All applicant organisations should adhere to government guidelines regarding social distancing, self-isolation and shielding.

Funding will initially be offered up to £50,00 and targeted at –
Organisations that support the ongoing needs of vulnerable people to ensure that their health and wellbeing is maintained;
Organisations in support of activities that relieve pressure on local statutory services, particularly emergency or health and social care provision, or compliment their response;
Groups and activities that support vulnerable people self-isolating (the elderly, people with pre-existing medical conditions etc.);
Support for Food banks and organisations working to combat hardship caused by the pandemic including child hunger;;
Community response co-ordination;
Organisations or informal groups that have been specifically established to respond to the crisis;
Organisations addressing emotional support, mental health and bereavement support, where there are increased needs as a result of the crisis

Secondarily, and if funds allow it will offer support for organisations that provide support for vulnerable groups to counter the loss of income and fundraising which can be directly linked to the pandemic

Examples of funded activities may include but are not limited to – food, transport and delivery, befriending, information and advice, telephone helplines, counselling and therapy.

For more information visit www.dorsetcommunityfoundation.org

• Wiltshire and Swindon Community Foundation’s emergency response fund has already raised more than £100,000 – including a donation of £10,000 from Deepest Books. The community foundation is one of the beneficiaries of our 2019 book, Deepest Wiltshire. See more at www.deepestbooks.co.uk and for more information on the fund visit www.wiltshirecf.org.uk

• Somerset Community Foundation has a Somerset Coronavirus Appeal. The Somerset organisation will be one of the beneficiaries of our third book Deepest Somerset, which we hope to publish in autumn 2021 (delayed by a year because of Covid-19). For more information on the Somerset fund visit www.somersetcf.org.uk