York Small Charities Fund “Keep the Lights On” for 12 York groups with £51,000 in grants
October 23, 2020
[caption id=\"attachment_2340\" align=\"alignleft\" width=\"404\"] David Kerfoot, High Sheriff of North Yorkshire[/caption] This week twelve small, vital charities in York received grants of up to £5,000 each from The York Small Charities Fund. The Fund was set up to support local York charities keep going by funding essential running costs over the next six to twelve months as groups deal with the dire financial consequences of the double whammy of increased demand and decreased fundraising caused by the Coronavirus crisis and lockdown. The York Small Charities Fund was set up by partners York CVS and Two Ridings Community Foundation just two months ago to respond to the critical state of the local charitable sector. Many small charities were struggling to secure funds to ‘keep their lights on’ and pay rent, salaries and other essential running costs. The panel, including David Kerfoot, High Sheriff of North Yorkshire, and five local leaders of charities in York, considered 22 applications totaling nearly £100,000 meaning some really difficult decisions had to be made on this essential funding. The twelve groups supported by the York Small Charities Fund are a microcosm of the York charitable sector, with groups providing essential support to people in crisis, whether that is through family breakdowns, mental health issues, disability, alcohol-related issues, or bereavement. All are hyper small, largely volunteer-run, facing a challenging financial future due to the drop off in fundraising and limited alternative sources of grant funding, yet without whom people would experience a significant loss of critical support, which they all provide. ...Read more
A further £328,000 awarded to 22 local charities by Two Ridings Community Foundation
September 4, 2020
This week 22 local charities from across North & East Yorkshire received grants of £15,000 each from Two Ridings Community Foundation to support their essential running costs over the next six months as they respond to the continuing double whammy of increased demand and decreased fundraising caused by the Coronavirus crisis and lockdown. This funding is part of the £750 million pot announced by the Chancellor for frontline charities across the UK during the coronavirus outbreak. These 22 awards, totaling £328,307 brings the amount distributed by Two Ridings in the last six months to over £1.5m. Since the end of March grants provided by Two Ridings have allowed groups to respond in the immediate lockdown period to help keep people fed, safe, well and connected, adapt services to vulnerable users so that support can still be provided even if self-isolating and now allow key local groups to sustain themselves financially whilst other sources of funding from fundraising events or activities have dried up. Recent surveys of charities, both nationally and locally in our area, indicate that the next few months will be critical for the long term survival of many charities. Over 5,400 job losses have already been announced in the charity sector since the start of the pandemic but many experts predict this is just the tip of the iceberg. One leading charity think-tank, Pro Bono Economics, predicts that another 34,100 charity sector employees may have lost their jobs by the end of the year and 58% of charities expect demand for their services to increase over the next six months. Locally a survey of charities across North Yorkshire, York and the Humber area indicated that 57% of local charities had experienced a drop in income, and 41% were concerned about their survival beyond the next few months. The small team of staff at the Community Foundation are working around the clock to ensure funds get to those organisations that can make the biggest impact to quickly support the most vulnerable residents living in North and East Yorkshire, ensuring the donations are spent effectively. Grants have been awarded to support a wide range of projects from the essential costs of services for the elderly and people with disabilities to reopening childcare nurseries, employability projects and essential day care for severely disabled young adults. Please click here to see the full list of all grants awarded NEWS RELEASE £328,000 in grants distributed this week by Two Ridings Community Foundation 8 Sep 2020 ...Read more
Could you be part of shaping and informing our grant making strategy and decisions?
August 10, 2020
We are looking for co-opted members to sit on our Grants Committee and Coronavirus Community Fund panel: Get involved & help ensure we make the best possible decisions for local, grassroots charitable organisations across North & East Yorkshire We are seeking Grants Committee Co-opted members x 2 - we want to add two more co-opted members to the Grants Committee to add added specific insight and experience. Co-opted members have the same responsibilities as trustees on the Grants Committee but the majority of the attendees must be trustees and the chair of the committee is always a trustee. Coronavirus Community Fund Panel members x 2 – we are seeking two new panel members to join an existing panel as we move into the third phase of our grant making to support groups responding and rebuilding In both instances we are looking for people who can add lived or working experience of the issues and challenges of communities across our region. We are looking to recruit people from the BME community, people who are familiar with issues associated with severe and multiple disadvantage or people who have volunteered or run small charitable organisations. What’s the difference between the two roles? If you want to get involved in the strategic direction of Two Ridings Community Foundation’s grant making then the Grants Committee is the place to get involved. The Grants Committee reports to the Two Ridings Board of Trustees and is responsible for overseeing our grant making strategy and related oversight (but does make decisions on one or two programmes of funding). If you want to be actively involved in making decisions about a programme of grants and the allocation of funds then the Coronavirus Community Fund Panel is the one to apply to. It makes decisions about awards from this fund based on overall direction from the Grants Committee. What are we looking for? The following shows the relevant attributes and skills we are looking for from applicants. We would particularly welcome applications from people of colour because we are looking to diversify who makes decisions about our activity, including grants. With the grants committee role we are looking for more in depth experience of the issues and more strategic experience – e.g. membership of board. Experience of making strategic decisions and an awareness of associated risk management. Experience of volunteering or working for a charity or social enterprise in the Two Ridings area of North & East Yorkshire Being an expert by experience of issues in our region – we are particularly wanting to be able to recruit people from the BME community, people who are familiar with issues associated with severe and multiple disadvantage or people who have volunteered or run small charitable organisations Ability to take in detailed information, assess the relative merits of applications, and use own and others experience to inform decisions without allowing personal views or biases to get in the way of making the right decision Ability to maintain confidence of decisions made & respect outcomes Appreciative of different perspectives & sees and values people as being resourceful and bringing strengths, not problems Passionate about social justice ...Read more
Phase 3 of Two Riding’s Coronavirus Community Fund Launched 3 August 2020
August 6, 2020
[caption id=\"attachment_2232\" align=\"alignright\" width=\"600\"] Trustees & Two Ridings Supporters visiting Sidewalk Youth Project in Scarborough in Feb 2020[/caption] Phase 3 of our Coronavirus Community Fund launches Monday 3rd August Current Coronavirus Community Fund funds raised = £2.48m, £1.2m awarded in 282 grants with 484 applications received (work commenced 18th March 2020) We launch phase 3 of our Coronavirus Community Fund (CCF) on Monday 3 August 2020 and this phase is all about investing our funds into the strength and vitality of key local organisations . The aim is that our funds helps sustain them now and most importantly to help them be around in the medium to long term for their beneficiaries. Attached are the revised guidelines. We are focussing our Coronavirus Community Fund (CCF) on five priority themes which is based on our analysis of previous CCF grants, needs in the region and gaps needing to be addressed by our funds: Good health & wellbeing - Under this goal we will prioritise projects which seek to improve mental health, reduce health inequalities and reduce isolation amongst those most affected. Good jobs & economic growth - with a particular focus on young people 16-25 living in areas of significant disadvantage, high unemployment and low educational attainment and particularly in areas which have been impacted most by the crisis for example those which are traditionally reliant on tourism Zero hunger - In the immediate response phase, we have provided a large amount of funding to support the provision of food. In this phase we are keen to support organisations that can help local communities to build food security and maximize their ability to increase self sufficiency No poverty - Under this goal we will prioritise groups and projects which provide the services which can help to prevent people from sliding into poverty or help to provide a route out Reduced inequalities - our priorities under this goal will be around providing infrastructure support, digital inclusion, volunteer training, community transport and organizational development for groups that represent the most marginalised people in our communities and in particular those that have become more marginalised and isolated as a result of the lockdown. The Coronavirus Community Fund panel met last week and funded the core costs of a number of key local organisations like: Sidewalk in Scarborough to provide vital outreach work for vulnerable children & young people KingsTrust Gateway Community Care Hub in Withernsea provides clothes, toiletries, hygiene products, toys, white goods and furniture to members of the community who are in financial hardship and struggling to cope. They estimate 3500 beneficiaries, around 50% of the population and even though they know the area well they have been struck by the sheer numbers of people needing help. To provide something for the children to look forward to each week they are also making educational packs and craft packs. They do ask for a small contribution from families so that they don’t feel embarrassed to accept charity. Brunswick Organic Garden in York- working with people with learning difficulties - this is a new group for us. In normal times they would rely on income from Personal independence Payments from their users. Tiger Trust in Hull - a partnership with St Michaels Youth Project & partners like the police to respond to needs that have become far more pressing as a result of the Covid crisis, young people that have been out of school and allowed to ‘drift’ are at much greater risk of exploitation by criminal gangs. Both partner organisations have had to furlough staff and this work will allow them to bring some staff members back into do this. The pie chart below shows where the money to date has been focussed on & the other shows where it has been distributed [caption id=\"attachment_2235\" align=\"alignleft\" width=\"600\"] Two Riding\'s Coronavirus Community Fund grants data at 31 July 2020[/caption] ...Read more
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