Thursday, August 06, 2020

Denise Charlton, Chief Executive Officer of The Community Foundation for Ireland.

Waterford charities and not for profit organisations supporting vulnerable people during the Covid-19 pandemic have been encouraged apply for support from the near €6 million raised during RTÉ Does Comic Relief.

The Community Foundation for Ireland is opening the application process for not for profit organisations of all sizes meeting the challenges caused by Covid on the ground in local communities.

Waterford groups are being advised that they have just over eight weeks to make their application as the September 30 closing date draws nearer.

“RTÉ Does Comic Relief was not only a unique night on Irish broadcasting, it also brought us together as a country as one to support people hardest hit by the impact of the pandemic,” said Community Foundation Ireland CEO Denise Charlton.

“We have seen extraordinary generosity from 1.4 million viewers, corporate supporters as well as significant matching support from Government. The process of converting that generosity into support and actions on the ground in communities in Waterford and across the country is now underway. The opening of applications is a big moment for charities who are helping vulnerable people during these difficult days and in many cases providing a vital lifeline.”

Ms Charlton added: “We are ready to support groups of all sizes, big and small, those in urban and rural areas as well as those cut off from loved ones by Covid-19.”

Local groups should be advised that funding will be provided under two strands, which recognise that the way not for profits have had to adapt and change their work under HSE restrictions and guidelines.

Groups expected to benefit will include those working with older people, people medically at risk of Covid-19, people with disabilities and those in unsuitable accommodation.

Under ‘Demand for Digital’, groups can seek support for investment in software and hardware to improve their ability to continue to work while keeping their staff, volunteers and people they support safe.

An ‘Adapt and Respond’ strand will allow groups to seek funding to ensure their work remains effective and continues to deliver for those who need support.

Ms Chartlon said: “In Waterford there is a strong not for profit network. However, it is facing unprecedented demand at a time when donations are also down. This is why the RTE Does Comic Relief funding is particularly important.”

Full details of the strands as well as other information and support is being placed on www.communityfoundation.ie.

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