£1.4m fund opens for innovative coronavirus response

27 Oct 2020 News

A £1.4m fund has opened for charities developing or adapting their services in response to the coronavirus crisis.

The Peter Sowerby Foundation has invited charities to apply to its Increasing Access Fund, which will make grants to ensure key services can continue amid Covid-19 restrictions.

The Foundation said in a statement that it will look to support work in the key areas of healthcare innovation, supporting communities struggling with disadvantage or isolation, horticulture and conservation, and the arts.

Money to pilot and adapt projects

The Foundation will provide grants through three separate streams of funding.

These are:

  • Five grants of up to £100,000, to large charities piloting new systems for delivering health and social care.
  • Grants of up to £25,000 for charities transforming or adapting their services digitally.
  • Grants of up to £25,000 for charities piloting, testing or launching new services.

Vital support

David Aspinall, the chair of trustees at the Peter Sowerby Foundation, said: “Whilst the Foundation has already awarded significant grants in response to the Covid-19 crisis, we recognise the need for further support.

“As such, we are delighted to announce a further £1.4m to support organisations to launch new or adapt existing services to ensure that beneficiaries can access the vital support they need at this time.”

The Increasing Access Fund closes to applications at 5pm on 16 November.

Building on £10m

The Foundation was established in 2013, using an endowment from Dr Sowerby and his late wife after he made a personal fortune developing clinical software.

In that time, it has made grants worth more than £10m to around 65 organisations.

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