30 Apr 2020
Comic Relief and the Community Foundation respond to child hunger in Northern Ireland as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis. Through the Children Surviving and Thriving theme £100,000 is being directed towards a No Child Goes Hungry – Community Support Programme.
The programme aims to contribute to community-based food provision responses that support local families with children under the age of 10 who may face food poverty as a result of school closures and/or loss of household income as a result of the COVID-19 virus. Comic Relief believes that every child has the right to the best start in life. One way they do this is to support families with young children, supporting their development through good health and nutrition hence the development of No Child Goes Hungry programme. Grants are available up to £2,000 for constituted community/voluntary organisations providing support in this area.
The Community Foundation have partnered with various organisations and funders determined to support communities in this uncertain time. Thank you to all our partners including Ulster Garden Villages Ltd, Department for Communities, The VSB Foundation, ARN Foundation, National Emergencies Trust, Bank of Ireland, Derry City and Strabane District Council and most recently Comic Relief. We’ve seen huge interest and demand for these emergency funds from community groups and charities locally and in just three weeks we’ve received over 500 applications and awarding over £450,000 to groups across Northern Ireland.
Michael Hughes, Head of Building Sustainable Communities at the Foundation said “Good health and nutrition is vital to achieve our shared vision for children to survive and thrive. This Comic Relief fund will help us and communities to continue to achieve this through this current crisis. The funding will help to support families with young children to ensure they receive wholesome meals when they are no longer at school or where household income has been substantially reduced due to current Government guidelines.”
Apply for the fund here.
For further information on the Comic Relief fund contact
Michael Hughes: Head of Building Sustainable Communities
Mobile number: 077390 81381