The Trust's £250,000 award, agreed in mid-March, means that Corra Foundation is able to launch a new fund for smaller charities and community groups that work to alleviate immediate need in their communities. The new Household Hardship Fund follows on from the Winter Support Small Grants Fund, which was administered by the Foundation on behalf of the Scottish Government.
Jane Rosegrant, Grants Development Lead at Corra Foundation, said: “Our new Household Hardship Fund provides grants of up to £5,000 to smaller charities and community groups across Scotland that are already supporting people on low incomes. These charities and groups will pass on the funding to families and individuals in crisis as cash or vouchers for essentials like food, fuel, household items or clothing. The new fund is flexible and agile, with a rolling application process.”
Jim McCormick, Chief Executive of The Robertson Trust, said: “As the cost of living continues to sky-rocket due to a confluence of factors, we know that the hardest-hit in our society are those who were already struggling to make ends meet. Many now face impossible daily choices and even destitution. It’s imperative that charities and community groups on the ground have the money to move quickly and help the growing numbers of families who find themselves in this position.”
Russell Gunson, Head of Programmes and Practice at the Trust, said: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Corra Foundation again. As partners, we have achieved much together over the years through innovative, impactful funding and projects. This award of £250,000 is a Programmes award within the Financial Security theme of our 2020-2030 strategy to help address poverty and trauma in Scotland.
“Our award for the Foundation’s Household Hardship Fund is a great example of funders working together to ensure that money is made available quickly and efficiently to small third sector organisations supporting people in immediate need. We hope it will make a rapid and real difference to their daily lives.”
For more information about the new Household Hardship Fund, visit the Corra Foundation website.
"Our award for Corra Foundation’s Household Hardship Fund is a great example of funders working together to ensure that money is made available quickly and efficiently to small third sector organisations supporting people in immediate need."