BRADFORD BID is backing a new initiative aimed at supporting charities and community groups that are struggling to operate because of the Coronavirus lockdown.
The city centre Business Development District is helping to finance a new fund which will give organisations facing exceptional challenges support in their work providing aid for isolated and vulnerable people.
The GiveBradford Resilience Fund has been launched as a result of the national emergency measures put in place to tackle the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
It will help groups suffering huge difficulties by offering urgent financial support to cover core operating costs, volunteer expenses, staff costs and transport to ensure their vital work can go on.
Bradford BID chairman Ian Ward said: “Many of the organisations that GiveBradford support do amazing work in and around the city centre supporting vulnerable people and fragile communities who rely on outside help to survive.
“These groups often rely solely on income from their shops, cafés and fundraising events to underpin their activities and as these are prevented from continuing many are in dire straits.
“It’s part of the BID’s role to support all those who use the city centre for their homes and businesses, shopping and leisure and that includes those who fund-raise and provide charitable services here.
“GiveBradford’s efforts in helping these vital charities and community groups to stay alive and continue their work are massively important and it’s absolutely right that we support them in their efforts.”
GiveBradford was set up by Leeds Community Foundation to enable local communities across the district to get the support they need to create positive change and improve the lives of local people.
As part of a national network of UK Community Foundations, it invests in these groups by distributing grants and sharing advice and it relies on the generosity of individuals, businesses and public sector organisations to help local people to gain the support they need.
It has now leveraged over £200,000 into the GiveBradford Resilience Fund but it is urgently seeking more support from donors to help its work. Donations can be made via virginmoneygiving.com/fund/BradfordResilienceFund.
Kate Hainsworth, CEO of GiveBradford said: “We believe the community knows best how to serve their communities. Now more than ever, we need these groups to be resourced to support the vulnerable, the sick and the lonely of Bradford during this national emergency – and beyond, when we all start to rebuild our lives.
“We want to help community organisations immediately and effectively, so will be distributing grants in the coming weeks to organisations already known to us and where we have carried out due diligence, meaning grants can be made as quickly as possible.
“We will be aiming to open a second round of funding in the coming months when more money is raised so we can put out an open call for applications from the wider sector.
“Until robust plans come forward on how to support these vital organisations, they need to be confident they have the running costs in place to continue to operate so they are able to support our most vulnerable in the months to come”.