22nd Apr 2020

The Community Foundation has received a generous donation of £100,000 from Sir James Knott for the Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund. 
The fund is currently making ‘response’ grants to community organisations to continue to, and in many cases, increase support to vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 outbreak. The fund will also looking at phase two ‘recovery’ grants to support local charities whose work or income has been affected to get back on their feet. 
Jo Curry, Trust Secretary of Sir James Knott Trust said:
“The Sir James Knott Trust understand that some local charitable organisations will be at the forefront of the efforts to support people during this emergency. For others their fundraising efforts will be decimated by events being cancelled and trading stalled. We know that at a time of crisis being able to apply for funding through one application to one organisation is helpful, especially when the application process is speedy and light touch. This is why we are pleased to make a significant contribution to the Community Foundation. In this very small way we wish to show our appreciation for the work that charities, social enterprises and community groups are doing. Our own grant making directly through the Trust will continue as normal.”  
 Rob Williamson, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation, said: 
“We are delighted to have Sir James Knott Trust as the latest donor to our Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund. The fund now stands at over £650,000, more than double the original target when we launched the fund in March. Grants are going out and these alongside grants from the National Emergencies Trust we are making will be supporting some of the most vulnerable in our communities across Tyne & Wear and Northumberland as well as the organisations supporting them. Thank you to Jo and all at Sir James Knott Trust.” 

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