Barclays extends Covid-19 relief funding scheme

Barclays is extending its 100x100 Covid-19 Community Relief funding programme for charities.

It has announced that a further 50 donations of £100,000 are being made available to UK charities to support communities impacted by the pandemic.

Charities with an annual income of at least £1m are being invited to apply by Friday 6 August.

Funding will be focused on helping people with physical and mental health issues, providing financial help to those facing hardship, supporting diverse communities and boosting digital accessibility.

The funding programme was announced in April last year. It initially invited charities to apply for one of 100 donations of £100,000 but has extended the programme due to demand. So far it has reached 180 organisations.

Among those supported is Welsh charity Bawso, which supports victims of abuse and exploitation. Its grant from Barclays has been used for PPE, food parcels and medical care.

Another is Bethany Christian Trust, which supports homeless and vulnerable people in Scotland. Barclays’ donation has helped it fund 12,000 emergency packs of food and toiletries as well as children’s activities.

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