Funds boost for charity helping those in need

A charity at the front line of supporting people in need during the coronavirus outbreak is to receive a funding boost from Catalyst.

Go Dharmic will receive £1,000 for the work they are doing to support vulnerable and elderly people, and NHS workers too.

The charity’s amazing volunteers and generous restaurant partners have distributed thousands of free meals to the elderly, homeless and NHS workers in London and Luton. The demand for Go Dharmic’s services is increasing rapidly but it’s determined to fulfil its duties during this difficult time.

The initial areas of focus for food distribution have been Luton, Watford, Islington and Harrow with a plan to roll out to other areas in London soon.

Sahil Khan, Director of Community Investment, said “Go Dharmic is doing an excellent job of providing hot, healthy meals to people in London and Luton. Like so many other charities and voluntary organisations, Go Dharmic has scaled up its efforts to reach even more people under extremely tough conditions.”

Go Dharmic is the first organisation to benefit from funding from Catalyst’s Voluntary Sector Support Fund.

The £30,000 emergency package was set up to help small charities and voluntary sector organisations keep services running to support Covid-19 response efforts.

Sonal Jain, Head of Go Dharmic, said: “We would like to say a huge thanks to Catalyst. The grant will help us to reach more people, as we see requests for our food delivery service increase weekly. Since 25 March we have delivered 17,400 meals in London and Luton.”

How to apply for funding

The Voluntary Sector Support Fund is open to organisations working in Catalyst neighbourhoods that are supporting those with low and insecure incomes, older people and vulnerable adults, as well as those with mental ill health.

Groups can apply for up to £2,000 and will cover costs such as:

  • Staffing costs to cover the project
  • Small capital/equipment costs
  • Volunteer costs
  • Contribution to general running costs

Organisations interested in applying are encouraged to email wendy.sweeney@chg.org.uk to organise an informal discussion about your project.