Merton Giving has today launched the Merton Giving Coronavirus Fund, providing £150,000 of financial support to organisations working locally that are either delivering COVID-19 front line services or whose organisation’s ability to operate has been impacted by the measures put in place to stem the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fundraising efforts from the local business community alongside team sponsored events have raised £20,000 for the Merton Giving Fund. This incredible achievement has been recognised by both Wimbledon Foundation and Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group, with each pledging £20,000 in matched donations. Additionally, Merton Giving supporter, Merton Council, has committed to a generous £50,000 donation. With our online fundraising campaign, which in just over two weeks has raised £2,500, we will continue to grow the Fund.
The Merton Giving Coronavirus Fund is administered by key partner Merton Voluntary Service Council (MVSC). The team is working to make decisions and allocate funding as quickly as possible to provide Merton organisations with emergency financial support. Full details regarding the Fund, including guidance, how to apply and to submit an application can be found here.
Diana Sterck, Chair of Merton Giving commented:
“The importance of cross-sector collaboration has never been so important at this time when we are all facing challenges that just a few short weeks ago seemed unimaginable. We are appreciative that Wimbledon Foundation and Clarion Futures and Merton Council have responded to increase the fund.”
Councillor Edith Macauley MBE, Cabinet Member for Voluntary Sector, Partnerships and Community Safety, London Borough of Merton, added:
“The army of volunteers that has mobilised to support our most vulnerable residents in this time of national crisis has been nothing short of amazing. We are truly blessed in Merton to have such a wonderful and vibrant voluntary and community sector. It is therefore right that as a council we should step forward to support the voluntary sector when it needs our help. I’m very pleased to be able to offer the Council’s financial assistance and to do this in partnership with other funders through Merton Giving.”
Helen Parker, Head of Wimbledon Foundation, commented:
“During this unprecedented time, we want to do all we can to support local organisations working tirelessly to support those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The response from the local business community has been tremendous and we are pleased to be able to match fund this amount and increase the total funding available to charities helping those who are most vulnerable on the ground right now.
Matt Parsonage, Head of Communities for Clarion Futures, said:
“At this time it’s important that communities come together to support each other, and we’re delighted to be part of this initiative. Our Merton Community Panel is made up of Clarion residents who voted unanimously to contribute to the Fund which I’m sure will make a huge difference to the people of Merton, and we’re proud to be part of it.”
About Merton Giving
Merton Giving is a charitable partnership between Merton Chamber of Commerce and Merton Voluntary Services Council, supported by Merton Council. Launched in 2018 to provide a focal point for local giving Merton Giving encourages people and businesses to give money, time or in-kind support. Since its launch, the business community has responded incredibly to help local causes with cash donations to the Merton Giving Fund and/or non-monetary in-kind support totaling in excess of £60,000. To date, Merton Giving has allocated two rounds of grant funding distributing over £30,000 to 30 charities working locally. These small grants provided for local charities have an enormous impact for borough residents.
- The Merton Giving Coronavirus Fund is open to applications from Monday 6th April 2020.
- This Fund has a rolling deadline.
- Full details including guidance, how to apply and to submit an application can be found https://www.mvsc.co.uk/MGCoronavirusFund
- Follow @mertongiving on social media or visit. https://www.mertonchamber.co.uk/connecting/community to stay updated on the latest Merton Giving Week news and information.
- For more information contact Jenny O’Neill – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Merton Giving is an initiative from MVSC registered charity number 1085867 and Merton Chamber of Commerce, supported by Merton Council.