Local organisations continue to receive funding to help COVID-19 response

Release Date: 10 August 2020

Four local organisations providing vital support – including an online wellbeing programme and virtual music therapy – have received funding from Richmond Council. 

Councillors have given final approval to grants allocated to community projects tackling the local impact of the Coronavirus crisis.  

The £100,000 COVID-19 Response Fund was set up as part of the Council’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The aim is to get money quickly to organisations that are on the ground now helping vulnerable people through the crisis.  

Members have already approved awards to fourteen organisations, and now four more are set to receive funding.

These are:

Art and Soul

To provide an online arts for wellbeing programme, for adults with mental health issues.

Otakar Kraus Music Trust

To provide weekly online group music therapy sessions with fully qualified music therapists for adults with mental health issues.

Skylarks Charity

To enable the charity to provide continued support for children with disabilities and additional needs and their families.

The Strawberry Hill Trust

To support and enable greater access, within Government guidelines, to the gardens and to develop marketing and engagement through updated interpretation and family activities.


Projects are chosen that will have an immediate, positive impact.  Priority is given to those organisations already working with the people of Richmond who face a sudden increase in demand for their services, or who need to adapt to new ways of working.  

This funding is in addition to other available grants – including Civic Pride.

Cllr Michael Wilson, Equality, Communities and Voluntary Sector Committee spokesman for Richmond Council, said:

“We are blessed with so many local groups and organisations that are still doing incredible work to support vulnerable people during this crisis.

“We have now awarded over £70k to local organisations that are providing such amazing services. 

“Our emergency fund has been set up in recognition that this pandemic is an unexpected pressure for many services and the extra financial support is vital.”

More bids continue to be submitted and the Council is reviewing them regularly in order to get funding out to organisations as quickly as possible.

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Reference: P315/20

Updated: 28 August 2020