ARN Foundation contributes an additional £100,000 to the Coronavirus Community Fund 

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ARN Foundation contributes an additional £100,000 to the Coronavirus Community Fund 

28 Mar 2020

The Community Foundation welcomed an additional contribution of £100,000 from the ARN Foundation today, funding which is much needed in Northern Ireland . The ARN Foundation have a particular interest and focus on supporting mental health and wellbeing in Northern Ireland and will channel further funding in support for groups working with and affected by this issue as a result of Covid19.  


The number of groups seeking funding through the Coronavirus Community Fund is indicative of the great need in our community. 


“To date, we’ve received over 300 applications and awarded £181,000 in funding to groups across Northern Ireland” said Orla Black, Director of Grants.  We’re working hard to get funding out to groups as quickly as possible and we know from talking to groups and the applications we’re receiving that Coronvirus will have a long term effect on our sector and society. I want to thank the ARN Foundation for their speedy response and generous support for the Coronavirus Community Fund ”


In response, the Community Foundation has broadened the criteria of the coronavirus community fund to include longer term support as well as emergency funding and is increasing the value of grants available to a maximum of  £10,000. 


Alan Nappin, Chair of the ARN Foundation added “We are delighted to collaborate with other funders and work through the Community Foundation to respond to this ever-changing situation. We want to ensure that together we’re putting in place the right supports when needed.”


Groups wishing to apply for funding please click here. 


If you would like to contribute to this fund and support the people and organisations that are dealing with those most critically affected by the virus,  contact 



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