Charities join forces to raise awareness of Coronavirus Emergency Fund

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Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation (BLCF) is partnering with The Harpur Trust to increase support and awareness of the Bedfordshire Coronavirus Emergency Fund.

The Emergency Fund hopes to raise and distribute much needed financial aid for vulnerable charities and local grassroots organisations during the current pandemic.

The fund has raised over £422,000 so far at the time of publication.


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“During times of crisis, the needs of the community are best served when funders like us join forces with a common purpose and system, and we very much welcome the opportunity to work together for Bedfordshire,” said Lucy Bardner, Community Programmes Director at The Harpur Trust commented:

Fozia Irfan, Chief Exec at BLCF added, “we see it as hugely significant to be partnering with The Harpur Trust at this challenging time.

“Working together means that every charity across Bedfordshire need only fill in a single application form to access the relevant funds – saving vast amounts of time to enable them to focus on the critical work they do.

“With over 450 years of history in helping the people of Bedford, The Harpur trust are the ideal partner to lend their expertise and social understanding to the issues we currently face.”

The Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation an The Harpur Trust will be working with:

  • London Luton Airport Limited
  • Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner
  • The Steel Charitable Trust
  • The Connolly Foundation
  • The Amateurs Trust and the National Emergencies Trust (NET)

The over-arching aim of the Bedfordshire Coronavirus Emergency Fund is to help protect these small but vital organisations through providing local grants for as long as funding allows.

So far around 100 organisations have applied.

If you are a local charity or voluntary group looking for support visit the BLCF website.

You can also make a donation to the fund here.


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