Southern Waters donation in response to the additional challenges the Coronavirus pandemic for families across Kent, we have been able to help fund an Emergency Hardship Fund with Kent Community Foundation to offer grants to families with children who have complex needs.
This Fund has been opened specifically to help those who already deal with the complex need of their child(ren) and now also face increased challenges through reduced income from losing their job or being furloughed, with many also seeing an increase in expenditure as children stay at home from school. The Fund is focusing on requests for support towards essential costs, such as bills and food expenses, but ad hoc requests will also be considered.
In a short space of time since its launch, £10,000 has already been distributed, in grants of between £350 and £1000, to fifteen families across Kent and Medway.
The Foundation received this note of thanks from one of the families:
“Thank you so much to Kent Community Foundation, your help has been much appreciated during this hard time. We would have struggled to pay bills or put food on the table this month because of the extra expenses of having the children off school. I work as a cleaner for the NHS, so things are very stressful at the moment, but this has given us a breathing space financially which makes all the difference. Thank you.”
Click here for more details about the Emergency Hardship Fund.
Kent Community Foundation is one of 46 accredited local Community Foundations across the UK. Since 2001, Kent Community Foundation has distributed over £35 million in grants and provides financial support to hundreds of charities and deserving causes throughout Kent and Medway.
Community Foundations are local champions, connecting people and organisations that want to improve their communities. They invest in local people and organisations tackling some of the biggest issues facing communities today and supporting some of society’s most disadvantaged people. They provide help and advice to those who want to give at the heart of their communities, both now and in the long-term, by matching donors to important local causes.
To provide support to charities, Kent Community Foundation helps individuals, families and businesses, establish and administer their own charitable funds to support the local causes that mean the most to them and where a modest sum of money can make a significant impact.