Over £57,000 in Grants Given to Local Charities Supporting Residents through Coronavirus Pandemic. Applications remain open for Covid-19 Relief Fund

Friday 15th May 2020: To date, grants from The Prince Philip Trust Fund totalling £57,500 have been given to charities and projects in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in order to support them in their vital work of helping local residents through the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Covid-19 Relief Fund, which was made available by the The Prince Philip Trust Fund last month by drawing down upon capital reserves, remains open for applications.

In an virtual meeting held this week, chaired by His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex, the Board of Trustees approved 28 applications for funding projects that cover a wide range of services and provisions for vulnerable, isolated and at risk residents and families, especially those charities seeing a significant uptake in their services during this time, such as The Dash Charity who are helping to tackle the rise in domestic abuse, and The Baby Bank, who are seeing more families referred to their services for essential supplies.

Counselling services such as The Samaritans, Citizens Advice Bureau in Windsor and Maidenhead, Browns Community Services, Relate and No 22 Youth Community Counselling have all been awarded funds to help them cope with the increase in demand they are experiencing at this time.

Grants have also been given to projects that are supporting workers at the frontline of the Covid-19 response such as Windsor Boys School, digitally printing PPE for health workers, Thames Hospice, St John’s Ambulance and Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

Food banks and essential delivery services have also received grants including Maidenhead Foodshare, Driven Forward, Datchet Corona Volunteers and People to Places.  A match-funded grant has also been given to the Rotary Club of Windsor and Eton for their project to support Windsor Foodshare.

Chris Aitken, Secretary and Trustee of the charity said:

“My fellow Trustees and I have been truly humbled to see how our community has been coming together to support our most vulnerable and at risk residents during this time.

“From those organisations who are re-orienting their services online so their beneficiaries feel less isolated and keep active, to those who are going out of their way to help get food and essential supplies to others, to those who are simply thinking about how they can best help those on the frontline, we thank you for all the you are doing for our community.  We are so very glad that we can support and encourage them as they rise to the challenges facing us at this difficult time.”

Local charities, projects or community groups that are specifically working to support local residents to deal with the fall out from the Covid-19 crisis and need help with funding can continue to apply here.

Applications should include specific details about what the funding is for and should be marked “Covid-19 Emergency” and submitted as soon as possible within the next six weeks.

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