Charities helping Aberdeen’s hardest-hit by the coronavirus pandemic have just one week left to apply for a source of much-needed cash.
The deadline to ask for funding from The Lord Provost’s Charitable Trust Aberdeen Covid-19 Hardship Fund is 11.59pm on Tuesday, June 30.
More than £200,000 has been awarded to causes working to help those suffering economic difficulty as a result of the outbreak since the fund’s launch at the beginning of last month.
The trust is keen to support groups that are particularly at risk and which may not be receiving support elsewhere, including looked-after children, care experienced or vulnerable young adults and minority communities.
The Rosemount Viaduct-based Breadmaker social enterprise, Northsound radio’s Cash For Kids and bereaved parents charity Aberdeen SANDS were among those to benefit from the last batch of funding.
There are still tens of thousands of pounds available to charities, with more than £250,000 having been raised.
The fund was initially set-up following a £100,000 donation from the Seven Incorporated Trades Widows’ Charity, with the same amount later added by the council from the Common Good Fund.
Donations have also come in from the public and local businesses.
Trustees will meet early next month to allocate the next tranche of funding.
Charities can apply for through the aberdeencovid19.org website, where donations can also be made.
Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Barney Crockett said: “Thanks to the marvellous donations raised by the Aberdeen Covid-19 appeal we’ve been able to support many different charities across the city to help those most in need due to the pandemic.
“We’re keen to help more charities and we would urge any local registered charity that hasn’t applied previously to apply now.
“I’ve been fortunate to see first-hand how the funding is helping local people, albeit while observing physical distancing and I have found it has been a very humbling experience.”