Wiltshire Council welcomes money announced for the charity sector

Wiltshire Council welcomes money announced for the charity sector

Conservative led Wiltshire Council has welcomed the recent announcement from the Chancellor that charities will get access to £750m to support their work during these difficult times.

The council has been working with charity and community organisations closely and providing support and guidance to ensure the most vulnerable in the county get the help they need.

Through the council's area board grants scheme, applications have been submitted for COVID-19 related projects and the council welcomes any more applications for grants that will benefit communities during this difficult time.

The Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub, recently set-up by the council, has provided a good opportunity to link those who are struggling or vulnerable to local community groups in their local area where appropriate.

Conservative Cllr Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said: "We greatly value the work of charities, voluntary organisations and community groups in Wiltshire, and our teams are working very closely with these groups to make it as easy as possible for them to provide support to the people who need it most.

"Although we're awaiting the full details of how the new charity funding will be distributed, this is positive news and recognises the importance of the charities' role and the positive difference they are making for so many people in our communities."

A list of other funding opportunities available to voluntary and charitable groups affected by COVID-19 can be found on the Wiltshire Community Foundation website.

More information about applying for a Wiltshire Council Area Board grant.

The Wiltshire Council dedicated COVID-19 page, which contains a range of resources and support for community groups can be found at 

People can get in touch with the Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub via email at wellbeinghub@wiltshire.gov.uk or by calling 0300 003 4576. It's available from 8am-8pm Monday-Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.

by Charlie Monro,