Leeds Community Foundation and GiveBradford have leveraged nearly £1.5m to support small charities and voluntary organisations in response to the coronavirus crisis.
The groups have focused on providing support to organisations whose operations have been severely affected by COVID-19.
A spokesman said: “Through the Leeds Community Foundation and GiveBradford Resilience Funds, money has already been distributed to meet urgent needs while considering the long-term COVID-19 implications. The fund has also been designed to help charities and voluntary groups make decisions for the future”.
“By adapting the Leeds and Bradford Healthy Holidays programme, which supports children through activities and food in the school holidays, and by redirecting and leveraging funds, the foundation has been able to work with local authority partners to support organisations working with children and young people, so they can meet the needs of the most vulnerable families while the schools are closed.”
The foundation’s new programmes director, Steph Taylor said: “These are tough times for everyone, but especially for those in the small grassroots, voluntary organisations. All of them have deep roots in the places they work.
“That means they know what’s needed right now better than anyone – but they are facing huge challenges.
“They have been forced to change every aspect of their work, while at the same time losing much of the income they depend on. They have shown incredible energy and willingness to adapt.”
Kate Hainsworth, chief executive of Leeds Community Foundation and GiveBradford, said: “We believe that the only solution that will work is for communities to be served by their own.”
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