Our Charity has made the decision to pledge £175,000 to help vulnerable people affected by coronavirus.

The Covid-19 Community Response Fund will make awards of between £500-£3,000 and will decide on an application within 24 hours.

We Love MCR says:

“Coronavirus is now a pandemic and there’s no time to waste in getting the money to the people who need it the most. We can have the money in people’s bank accounts urgently, and sometimes within 24 hours of an application being approved. 

“We’ve kick-started the Covid-19 Community Response Fund with £175,000 but we’re urging other people to donate to it with the promise that all their donations will go directly to frontline groups and charities.

“An estimated 40 per cent of Manchester’s children grow up in households that are in poverty so the time for action is now.”

The Covid-19 Community Response Fund is aimed at groups and charities in Manchester that that are supporting vulnerable people in need.

Grants can be used to buy equipment and supplies needed to offer support by groups working within the Government’s guidelines.

The first two awards have seen £3,000 given to The Mustard Tree to help vulnerable residents receive food and buy safety kit for volunteers and £1,216 to the Greater Manchester Law Centre to help clients facing immediate eviction threats.

To be eligible applicants have to be properly constituted community groups and charities within Manchester City Council’s boundaries that have a group or charity bank.

Once spent, a repeat application can be made. Our nine-strong board of trustees is meeting online on a daily basis to ensure decisions are taken immediately.

The Charity says:

“We’ve kick-started our Covid-19 Community Response Fund with £175,000 and we’ve set up a JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/mcr-response-fund so people who can afford to donate can do so and we can help more people.

“Anyone can get involved. For example Abi & Lucy have already pledged to do a two-hour sponsored trampoline bounce in their garden. Taxpayers who pledge £20 and tick the Gift Aid box will boost the appeal by £25. If everyone did that we could make such a difference.”

We were previously known as the Lord Mayor of Manchester’s Charity Appeal Trust when we launched in 1997 and the current Lord Mayor of Manchester has thrown his full weight behind the Covid-19 Community Response Fund.

Coun Abid Latif Chohan said:

“By giving to our appeal, people can know their funds will make a difference to our most vulnerable people and communities right now. Our local groups and charities are the heroes here. Our charity is the beating heart of Manchester. The good we can do is only limited by the funds we raise. So if you can afford to give something please do so and let’s once again show how Manchester responds to every new challenge.”


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