A number of local charities have benefited from grants totalling £124,280 in Bucks to help with the impact of Covid-19 as part of the Government’s £200m Coronavirus Community Support Fund.
Grants for charities in Buckinghamshire include £90,605 funding for Medical Detection Dogs, Great Horwood, £9,999 for Animal Antiks, North Marston,£8, 598 for Autism Early Support Trust, formerly knows as the Puzzle Centre, Winslow, £8,021 to Daytop Multicultural Centre CIC in Aylesbury, £4,557 for Sir Everand Duncombe for Parish Hall, Great Brickhill, and £2,500 to PEM Friends, a patient support group for those with some skin conditions.
The money is part of the Government's £750 million support package which is helping voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors. Some of the funding for some projects nationally has been distributed by the National Lottery Community Support Fund.
The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport oversaw the awarding of grants which has included funding for hospices, a £200m National Lottery Community Fund to help small to medium-sized charities and £160million to government departments for charities working on the front line of the Covid response.
Greg said: "These are worthy charities providing much-needed help at a very challenging time. It is vital that they can continue their crucial work. These grants will enable many, many more people to benefit from the excellent services provided by charities in Buckinghamshire. The Government is providing for charities during this crisis so that the most vulnerable are supported during Covid-19. These grants provide a welcome boost to support those who are working tirelessly, and who in many cases are volunteers, throughout this crisis."
Charities and social enterprises have also used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to enable them to continue their vital work. Charities including St John Ambulance, NSPCC, Age UK, Barnardo's and the British Red Cross have also received government funding.