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Responding to a national crisis at a local level.

In March 2020 it became evident that the Coronavirus crisis was beginning to severely impact communities across the UK. One Community Foundation acted quickly with their partners to raise emergency funding for Kirklees.

Within a couple of weeks, One Community had established a local response fund, set up online grant applications, redeployed staff to administer the fund and convened a dedicated grants panel to assess applications. At the beginning of April we awarded the first grants from our Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund. Since then we have awarded over 180 grants totalling over £500,000 to local charitable organisations, who were responding to the immediate needs of people in Kirklees. 

Awards have been made to support a spectrum of needs including the purchase and delivery of essential food and hygiene parcels. Technology requests have enabled services focused on mental health, domestic abuse, dementia and bereavement to continue, by operating from home. Projects focused on the young and older members of our community have been able to continue by allowing participants to engage in social activities, albeit via an online virtual platform.

Our ability to act rapidly coupled with our knowledge of local charitable organisations meant we were able to swiftly award grants at a grassroots level, where they could support the most vulnerable in society and have the greatest impact.

The crisis has required an unprecedented effort from across our community  and One Community Foundation is privileged to have been at the very forefront of this response.

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One Community Appoints CEO 

2020 was a difficult year for everyone as we all have had to adapt to the new realities forced on us by the virus. It has caused real problems on the ground for community groups whose own fundraising activity has been made more difficult by the pandemic.

Our staff and volunteers have worked very hard in partnership with local community organisations to raise and distribute much-needed funds. The pandemic has meant that One Community has had to work in new ways - staff and volunteers working from home, meeting by Zoom and telephone, and using tech to maintain contact with community groups. Apart from our emergency Coronavirus activity, we have maintained our usual grant-making activities with minimal disruption, and are on track to deliver thousands of pounds in this area too.

The changes for One Community haven’t stopped there, we also appointed Emma Woods-Bolger as our first CEO.

 

The Million Pound Drop!

This year marks our 10th Anniversary, over the last ten years we have distributed over £1,000,000 of grants to local organisations and, in spite of the economic impact of the recent coronavirus situation, we still have invested funds of £3 million, which provides a stable income to distribute alongside shorter-term donations and funding.

In 2019/20 we distributed £306,412 (excluding Covid funds) and the number of grants distributed rose from 207 in 2018/19 to 251 in 2019/20, and this reflects a continuing improvement in our core aim of increasing local giving to local organisation

Please take a moment to watch our round-up video.https://youtu.be/dIaewHritrs

 

 

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