Cash available for groups supporting virus vulnerable

28/03/2020

Grants of up to £500 are available to those working to support the most at risk in Banbury

Banbury Town Council has made available £20,000 for emergency “battle fund” grants for local groups that are working to support the most vulnerable in the town during the coronavirus pandemic.

Up to £500 is available as a one-off grant for bona fide charities and constituted organisations.

Leader of the council Kieron Mallon said: “We want this be as simple as possible because help groups providing essential assistance don’t want to be spending time filling in forms when they could be helping residents. There is a brief form to complete and we’ll make a decision within a few hours of receipt.

“All across the town, support groups are helping townspeople and some organisations need extra funding as they face up to the challenge. Our Battle Fund is designed to help them.”.

The local Citizen’s Advice Bureau has already received a grant from the Town Council.   The CAB’s newly launched emergency delivery service aims to supply food parcels and basic essentials to people in high risk groups who are self-isolating. The funds the Town Council has provided will be used towards toiletries and other non-food items.

Citizen’s Advice Chief Executive Pat Coomber-Wood said: “Food is extremely important but people will also need items such as soap, toilet paper and sanitary towels.   We have set up a fundraising initiative so that we can bulk purchase them”.

Banbury Town Council’s “battle fund” grants can be applied for online here.   They are available to Banbury based groups, or groups serving Banbury residents, that need extra funds to support at-risk people during the current crisis.   The grants are not available to individuals.


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