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HOW THE FUND WORKS

The Southend Emergency Fund receives donations from members of the public, businesses, trusts, churches, community organisations and from other charities. It operates under the auspices of Shared Space, registered charity 1161862.

The fund gives grants to help local agencies relieve individuals and families in hardship arising both directly from the coronavirus and the steps taken to contain it.  

The awards committee meets at least weekly to receive a report on the balance of the fund and to consider applications for funding.   

 

HOW TO APPLY IF YOU ARE A LOCAL AGENCY

At the present time the fund is open to applications by agencies working with individuals and families in Southend. 

To help us understand your funding needs, download the application form and supporting documentation on this pagePlease answer all of the questions to the best of your ability.

We aim to respond to applications as soon as possible on a rolling basis. One of our team may contact you for further details. We will do this as quickly as we can but ask that you bear with us during this unprecedented time. 

Questions can be directed to [email protected]k

 

HOW MUCH TO APPLY FOR?

This is a fast moving context both in terms of the impact of COVID-19 and the funds being raised by Southend Emergency Fund. In light of this we are keeping the following guidance under regular review:

  • We usually ask un-constituted groups to apply for <£200.
  • We usually ask registered charities and legally constituted organisations to apply for in the range of £300 – £2,000.
 
 

REAPPLYING AND REPORTING?

If you have not yet applied for funding, please instead use the main application form.

If you have received funds, please fill in the short report form once you have used the money for your project. This helps us understand the impact of the Southend Emergency Fund. And please send us photos, videos and stories with along with this short report as this will help us publicise and fundraise for the fund. Ideally, we would like a report in no more than two weeks after you have spent out the funds.

To reapply for further funding we usually ask a minimum of 4 weeks between a successful applicant being issued funds and that applicant being issued funds for a subsequent application. In addition, we need to receive a report from you of how you have used the funds from the first grant.

 

GETTING HELP AS AN INDIVIDUAL OR FAMILY

 If you are a person or household in need you should seek help from a local agency as we cannot help you directly. See further information below.  

The following information leads to organisations and groups beyond us and we do not take responsibility for their services. Please be careful.

Food

  • Storehouse: 01702 617348 www.storehouse.org.uk/?page_id=10
  • Foodbank Vouchers via Citizens Advice Bureau 0344 477 0808
  • Foodbank via Southend Association of Voluntary Services 01702 356000 [email protected]

Consumables (nappies, soap, cleaning materials, etc)

  • Storehouse  01702 617348

Money

  • Citizens Advice Bureau 0344 477 0808

Self-isolation and in need of shopping doing or prescriptions collecting:

If you are a tenant of South Essex Homes, you can try the Hub Project 10.00am – 4pm on 07398 094462

If you have children of school age and claim free school meals, you can get food vouchers through Southend Council 01702 212497

If you are housebound and need help with food collection, prescriptions, dog walking etc, you can ring Southend Council 01702 212497.

Please contact [email protected] if you have suggestions of  other places where individuals can find help. and