The Two Ridings Community Foundation response to the Coronavirus crisis – updated 26th June 


The following describes our local response to the Coronavirus crisis facing communities across the UK. This page will be updated regularly & content will be shared via a regular briefing to stakeholders. To receive the update please email

We have two key updates:

  1. Update report published
  2. We have paused receiving applications for a month whilst we review strategic needs

Update report published

Published today (26th June 2020) is the Coronavirus Community Fund Report from Two Ridings Community Foundation. Two Ridings Coronavirus Fund Update June 2020

In this report the Foundation describes what the fund has achieved in the 100 days since its launch, and in particular the 235 grants made to help keep people safe, fed, well and connected across North & East Yorkshire. In the 100 days since the fund launch Two Ridings has made the same number of awards it would normally make in a year. Two Ridings Coronavirus Community Fund Grants to date 19 June 2020

This fund and appeal, launched on 18th March 2020 has raised £2.1m in funds and given away £903,209 to 198 local charity organisations in North and East Yorkshire to support vulnerable residents as part of efforts during the COVID-19 outbreak. The report makes clear that this is only the start, with much more to be done to help the hundreds of local groups with essential funds to keep them going. It is asking for anyone wishing to donate to get in touch.

Funds are being used to help community organisations that are responding to give help to the people who need it the most. The report features many of the groups as well as recognising the donations, large and small, which have helped Two Ridings have over £2m to help these local groups. Two thirds of the money raised is from local donations and a third is from the National Emergencies Trust (NET).

Pause in July for applications

We challenged ourselves in the update report to build back better. These are not empty words but a heartfelt realisation from ourselves that we are facing a public health and economic crisis that as funders, we are in a privileged position to do something about (albeit however small).

In order to do this, we have taken a decision to pause receiving applications to the current Coronavirus Community Fund programme during July while we undertake a strategic review of priorities for the next phase of funding. This pause applies to both large and small grant applications and partnership bids.

Applications already submitted, including expressions of interest in partnership bids, will continue to be processed and we will endeavour to ensure that each application has a decision by the end of July.

If you have an application in progress that has not been submitted, the fund will be re-launched with revised priorities in August and we will be in touch to explain the changes.

Our aim is to ensure we have done what we can to come out of this crisis with a local voluntary sector that is able to build lives and communities back into a better place. To all of the voluntary sector organisations in our area, we thank you for your patience and for the amazing work that you do. Please bear with us whilst we pause grant making to undertake this strategic review.

Fundraising continues

We will continue to fundraise, advocate for our groups and work in partnership with other funders as it is our intention to provide support not only through this current phase of maintaining services but also into a further building back better. So, even though since we last sent out this update we have more than doubled our funds raised from £1m to over £2.2m, we are maintaining our drive to encourage more donations. We want to ensure we can support local groups now and for the long term. Thank you to all our donors, and supporters like the National Emergencies Trust who have been so generous. To donate please get in touch with Jan Garrill, CEO via her email here or donate online here

We are doing our utmost to continue our work providing grants from other funds where we can. Our support for people affected by flooding earlier in 2019/20 has not stopped, and we are continuing to pay grants already awarded from other programmes.

The team at Two Ridings Community Foundation


The photo (left) shows Derek receiving a special VE day treat from Trinity Centre in Whitby

Trinity Centre is a day centre in Whitby where mainly elderly people often with dementia can remain socially connected. It also offers respite to families and carers. The centre has received two grants totalling £12,000 from the fund to keep their service delivering meals and activities going for the next six months.

Carolyn Watkinson, Trustee of Trinity Centre in Whitby said: “This grant will be an enormous aid towards helping us to continue supporting older and vulnerable people in Whitby. Our clients experience the debilitating effects of social isolation under normal circumstances. This grant has been invaluable in enabling us to stay in regular contact with them to provide hot meals several times per week to those who need it most. Without grants such as this, the Trinity Centre would have closed and the social connectedness so important to our clients would be have been lost to them. Instead, we have been able to adapt our way of working to support not only our regular clients but also some of the most vulnerable people from our partner charitable organisations. As one service-user said: “‘It’s such a treat. I didn’t expect anything. I thought I would be on my own at home with nothing to do and I’m busy all day with the activities.”

The Trinity Centre and all our clients would like to say a big ’thank you’ to the Two Ridings Foundation and all individuals, and businesses large and small that have contributed towards making grants such as we have received possible.”