As we emerge from lockdown, many groups and organisations will be keen to help make 'daily exercise' available to everyone. Maintaining the strong bond with nature that many of us have rekindled or discovered during the pandemic is key to our mental health. The Paratreker is a route to the outdoors for those with a disability. Several coronavirus recovery funds, which could support wheelchair purchase, are now accepting applications. Time to get applying!
To make things a bit easier, we have pulled together a snapshot of just some accessible funds and provided some links for your information.
Steve Morgan Foundation
Since 2001, the Steve Morgan Foundation has been supporting projects that help people, including those with physical or learning disabilities, in North Wales, Merseyside and Cheshire. A Covid-19 emergency fund is now open to charities and not-for-profit companies in the region in response to the pandemic.
RBS – Social and Community Capital Grants Coronavirus Response Fund
The grants are unrestricted and available across the UK to organisations that employ people from vulnerable or disadvantaged groups.
East Coast Community Fund
Charities and community groups on the Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the North Norfolk coasts can apply for funding from renewable energy company Orsted’s East Coast Community Fund. Small grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 and larger grants of between £5,001 and £50,000 are available to support organisations who are looking to provide essential support and services to directly facilitate in the recovery from Covid-19. The deadline for applications is July 29th. 2020.
Bruce Wake Charitable Trust
Not COVID-19 specific, the trust was set up by Bruce Wade when he became wheelchair bound as a result of motor neuron disease. Grant applications are considered from charities and not-for-profit organisations involved in the provision of leisure activities for the disabled.
And one to watch out for....
Foundation Scotland – Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund
The fund aims to help small charities and constituted groups across Scotland to meet the needs of communities affected by coronavirus. Currently temporarily closed, the fund is anticipated to re-open in July.
https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/programmes/community-response,-recovery-resilience-fund/ Of course, the availability of funds changes daily, so here are a couple of links to browse on an ongoing basis. https://www.grantsonline.org.uk/coronavirus.html https://fundingscotland.com/