Who needs help through the coronavirus crisis?
April 29, 2020
\"It is so heartening to see the local response to the coronavirus crisis. The charitable and community organisations in Hull & in the rest of our patch are trusted by local people and they know to come to us for funding. The coronavirus fund is getting help to them right now\" Harriet Johnson, Partnership Manager, Two Ridings Community Foundation Two Ridings uses data from a range of sources, including Local Insights, to understand where its grants are most needed. We asked Harriet, who as well as leading on the Confident Futures project in Hull & East Riding, is also chairing the weekly grant making panel for coronavirus fund grants, how needs are changing and how grants can help. She said: Over the last month we\'ve supported many food & medicine delivery projects - nearly half of the funding has supported that immediate need to feed & keep people well. Great projects like Nidderdale Plus Partnership in rural North Yorkshire, Vulcan Boxing Club in Hull and Kingfisher Trust in Bridlington. ...Read more
Saving on your commute right now? Why not donate to the Coronavirus Community Fund & help local charities?
April 16, 2020
Those saving money on their commute are being asked to help support the most vulnerable by making a donation, no matter how small, donate here This appeal, led by Two Ridings Community Foundation, will support local community efforts to help keep people safe, fed, well and connected during Coronavirus lockdown; In just three weeks since the appeal launched it has raised £500,000 in new donations and given away nearly £106,000 to 59 local organisations in North and East Yorkshire to support vulnerable residents as part of efforts during the COVID-19 outbreak; but More donations are needed as each week the Foundation is receiving requests for funds from the hundreds of local charities across North and East Yorkshire Local charities helping the most vulnerable in North and East Yorkshire during this global crisis are being supported through grant-giving by Two Ridings Community Foundation. While the Foundation’s Coronavirus Community Fund total is approaching £1million, £500,000 of which is new donations raised over the past month, more is needed and the Foundation is making a plea to anyone who can to help by donating to the appeal. Every week it receives new requests for funds from local charities unable to simply furlough staff and close its doors as more and more vulnerable people need assistance with accessing food, medicines, staying safe and keeping connected. To apply visit here ...Read more
Swaledale & Wensleydale floods 2019- recovery fund now open
August 1, 2019
Following the flash flooding that hit Swaledale and Wensleydale, North Yorkshire this week, Two Ridings Community Foundation will be making financial awards to households and small businesses affected by the floods. Two Ridings are asking anyone whose main place of residence was flooded to get in touch with us so that we can help. We will use the local authority list of areas and streets flooded to ascertain which properties were affected and householders will need to show proof of residence. The fund will help households where water came into houses (but not where it only went into gardens or garages) and small businesses where personal hardship has arisen as a result of premises being flooded Our priority in the immediate aftermath of the floods will be to provide instant financial support to people affected by the floods to help with urgent needs like the costs of living in temporary accommodation, or items to people so they could stay in their homes – e.g. costs of running dehumidifiers. We will make an immediate payment of £300 to anyone in North Yorkshire whose home was flooded in July 2019. We will also be working with the local authority and partner charities like British Red Cross so that when people are ready to move back into their homes we can provide further financial support. At that point the needs of each households will be assessed individually and awards made on that assessment and priority will be given to households in need where there are particular cases of hardship: households with family members who were elderly, very young or with disabilities, people on very limited incomes and those without contents insurance and, where relevant, buildings insurance or very high excess on policies. Items that would be considered include carpets, essential furniture like tables and chairs, beds, bedding and white goods. Jan Garrill, Chief Executive of Two Ridings Community Foundation said: “Being flooded is devastating and like we did back in 2016, we want to offer straightforward financial assistance. We know in the immediate aftermath of flooding that a payment of £300 can help people with the incidental extra costs of living in temporary accommodation or renting dehumidifiers so that’s what we are offering straightaway.” To make a request for support please contact the Two Ridings Community Foundation office on 01904 929 500 or email email@example.com Stage 1 individual application form Stage 2 individual application form Guidelines for individuals North York Recovery Fund FAQs 2019 ...Read more
Launch of second year of Fund addressing hidden needs of the Harrogate District opens for applications boosted by Local Lotto
July 4, 2019
In the inspiring setting of Ripon Cathedral and in front of the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, the Mayor of Harrogate, the Deputy Mayor of Boroughbridge and the Mayor of Pateley Bridge, Dean John welcomed guests to celebrate the opening of THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District and the first anniversary of the Local Lotto. Guests from local charitable organisations heard from Cllr Sam Gibbs, chair of the Harrogate Borough Council Voluntary and Community Sector Liaison Group and Gary Campeljohn, Treasurer of Ripon AFC football club. Both Sam and Gary described the difference it makes to have a local fund for groups in the Harrogate District and also the value of the local lotto, even after just twelve months of operation. Gary said: “Having the support of local funding has made a huge difference to us, we used our LOCAL FUND award last year to improve our changing rooms and provide better access for our members with restricted mobility. In addition, as a result of signing up to be a good cause for the Local Lotto we have 45 members and got £500 to help us provide kit.” Harrogate Borough Council has contributed £30,000 this year towards THE LOCAL FUND, which together with funding from the Harry Bolland Trust Fund and other local donors and fundraising means we have over £40,000 to award grants of between £200 and £3000 to local charitable organisations in the Harrogate District. To find out more about the fund please visit https://www.tworidingscf.org.uk/fund/tlfharrogate/ The Mayor of Harrogate, Cllr Stuart Martin, assisted by Jan Garrill, Chief Executive of Two Ridings Community Foundation thanked everyone for attending and formally opened THE LOCAL FUND for applications. THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District has been established to provide grant funding to local community groups and charities across the District. It will focus on addressing local need by supporting the work of community groups and charities whose work is dedicated to improving the lives of local people. Designed to encourage local giving, it will provide a long-term source of funding support and encouragement to the work of local organisations, regardless of size, tackling social issues that affect local people. Alongside the fund, THE LOCAL LOTTO provides a fundraising opportunity for local voluntary and community groups, which enables Harrogate residents to support the local organisations they care about most. Money raised through THE LOCAL LOTTO will contribute towards keeping the community sector thriving across the district. THE LOCAL LOTTO is being promoted jointly by the Council and THE LOCAL FUND for the Harrogate District and is being run independently by Lottery Manager Gatherwell. If you’re interested in supporting local charities and community groups in Harrogate, you can support THE LOCAL FUND by becoming a donor. Please get in touch with the team at Two Ridings Community Foundation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org You can also choose to support local charities via THE LOCAL LOTTO, knowing that 60p from every £1 ticket will go directly to the local charity or community group of your choice. Local residents can also choose to support THE LOCAL FUND, and are encouraged to visit THE LOCAL LOTTO website for tickets and further information www.thelocalotto.co.uk Further details about The Local Fund for the Harrogate District and how to apply to be a ‘Friend’ can be found on the Two Ridings Community Foundation website at https://www.tworidingscf.org.uk/tlfharrogate or the HARCVS website at https://www.harcvs.org.uk/FriendsTLF ...Read more
Where do grants make the biggest impact?
April 10, 2019
Doing activities or investing in the charity to be more effective? Traditionally many of the grants made by Two Ridings Community Foundation were focussed on supporting groups to do activity (project funding) but in the last year we have supported groups in York with grants to help them improve their effectiveness. This funding of charities to have resources, space and time to think and learn – especially when it comes to strategic planning - is often seen by charity staff as a luxury compared to delivery. Yet it reaps long term benefits. Donors and funders tend to favour giving awards for running an event or doing a specific project. But through leadership shown by funders like Lloyds Bank Foundation, there is more evidence and practice that shows funding and other support for charities to be effective can have a significant impact on those charities in the long term. ...Read more