We are proud to announce that £65million in Covid-19 Appeal grants has been allocated to NHS charities throughout the UK, thanks to the huge outpouring of generosity in support of NHS staff, volunteers and patients.
The allocations are in two new rounds of grants, ring fencing £30million for Community Partnership Grants and £35 million for Recovery Grants.
Our membership comprises of more than 230 NHS charities across the UK and all are invited to apply for funding from the Covid-19 Appeal from 1 September.
Community Partnership Grants recognise the profound impact of the pandemic on all communities outside NHS settings such as hospices, community healthcare and social care. As the NHS relies on partnerships with social care and community health organisations to provide vital patient services and care, grants will fund projects through public or voluntary sector organisations.
Recovery Grants will help tackle the longer term effects of Covid-19 and support hospitals in preparedness for any second wave.
Ellie Orton, Chief Executive of NHS Charities Together, said:
“We are in uncharted territory with this crisis and we don’t know how long it will go on for or what direction it will take. We know we need to focus on the ongoing and long term impact of Covid-19. We may be easing out of lockdown but the devastating effects on our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing are still very much with us.”
Since launching the appeal in March, NHS Charities Together has raised more than £130million and has already distributed more than £23million to all members from its first round of Emergency Response Grants.
These grants have funded the immediate and practical needs of NHS staff, volunteers and patients such as providing nutritious food and drink, somewhere comfortable to take a break during long shifts, “wobble” rooms and specialised psychological support for staff and patients struggling with stress, trauma and separation from their loved ones, and supplying IT equipment so people can stay in touch with family and friends.