We are delighted to share our new report ‘100 days of Norfolk’s Covid-19 Response’ which outlines how we have invested over £1 million to support the vital work of our frontline charities during the Covid-19 crisis.

Our report highlights just a few of the inspiring stories from those first 100 days and the difference that your support has helped us to make.

Read online and download a digital copy of our report: www.norfolkfoundation.com/our-work/publications/

Norfolk’s Community Response

Our Covid-19 Community Response appeal was launched to support the work of vital local charities and community projects working hard to care for vulnerable people in crisis. We’ve been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for our appeal from people across Norfolk – bringing together donations from over 2,000 local people. Our ‘100 days of Norfolk’s Covid-19 Response’ report highlights just a few of the inspiring stories from those first 100 days and the difference that your support has helped us to make.

“During the Covid-19 crisis the Norfolk Community Foundation has truly demonstrated its value and impact by being able to support those in greatest need. Grants have been distributed in unprecedented volume and speed.

Though this is just the beginning, the Foundation continues to get to the heart of communities and is well positioned for future work. I am very proud to be a trustee of the organisation and to witness first hand the difference it makes.”

– Simon Bailey, Chief Constable of Norfolk and Norfolk Community Foundation Trustee

Building a brighter future

The strength of our charities comes from the people who run them. Committed, compassionate people who put others first and keep going come what may. Norfolk Community Foundation is proud to provide vital funding to help our charities and volunteers take action in these exceptional times, and as ever we champion their creativity and determination.

But our charities are under huge pressure – not only must they continue to find new ways of providing support and care for the people they help, they are also facing a stark drop in funding. Charity shops have been closed, fundraisers cancelled, and for many income has fallen to critical levels. This crisis in charity funding will not end when the pandemic emergency abates, it is likely to impact for months to come while we continue to desperately need their work.

As restrictions begin to ease, many charities need help to make plans to re-introduce face to face services and re-open their buildings, with a commitment to keeping clients, staff and volunteers safe and protected. Our charities will remain on the frontline as they cope with their own recovery challenges, and in some cases work towards lasting change in their service delivery.

We will continue to work with local partners in our charities, local authorities, health, policing and education to ensure we are able to shape our funding to meet key needs in the county, including food poverty, mental health, unemployment and learning inequalities.