A BURTON charity has agreed to offer an emergency fund

A BURTON charity has agreed to offer an emergency fund to help key organisations in East Staffordshire stave off a funding crisis for a second year.

In 2017, after listening to concerns about financial pressures from a number of Burton organisations which provide vital services, the Consolidated Charity of Burton decided to take action.

It set aside a special tranche of cash to meet an urgent need.

Now trustees have voted to set aside more funds after reviewing reports on how the money awarded in 2017 has been a major help.

The Consolidated Charity Organisation Emergency Fund 2018 will open on March 1 and will close to applications on April 30.

The charity’s chairman Ben Robinson said: “The pressures on a lot of important organisations in Burton are continuing and we know the support we offered was vital. “We cannot replace lost funding year-on-year, but we were encouraged by how the grant awards last year bought a bit of breathing room for the organisations to put plans in place that will make them sustainable in the long term.

“We are aware of how difficult that is and how much time it takes. Therefore, we are willing to open the fund again to organisations that can show they are adapting to the new financial climate and who can demonstrate how the money can help them build a sustainable future.”

New and previous applicants will need to make a written bid for an award from the 2018 fund. After assessing the written applications, trustees will invite successful organisations to a second stage where they will be able to make a pitch and answer questions.

The Consolidated Charity is an endowed charity which aims to benefit the residents of Burton by providing almshouse accommodation and by making charitable grants to individuals in need and to organisations which serve the community. It is run by a group of volunteer trustees.

The creation of The Consolidated Charity Organisation Emergency Fund 2018 will not have any impact on other areas of activity.

Anyone wishing to apply to The Consolidated Charity Organisation Emergency Fund 2018 should visit www.consolidatedcharityburton.org.uk and complete an application form. For any further information call the clerk’s office on 01283 527067.

This entry was posted on February 8, 2018