The Henderson Group has announced a ‘Community Cashback’ fund amidst the COVID-19 crisis for community & charity groups.
Launching the fund, the Hendersons Group said: “We are responding to the current Coronavirus crisis with a new ‘Community Cashback’ fund of £20,000 to support communities in need in Northern Ireland.”
The Henderson Group – who own the Spar, EuroSpar, Vivo & Vivo extra franchise in Northern Ireland – have put a call out for applications from voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, health bodies, social enterprises, and Community Interest Companies, but the company have said that they will consider other not-for-profit organisations, which might also be eligible.
Welcoming applications from charities/community groups, the company are particularly interested in the funding supporting the following:
- Children and young people
- Disabled people
- Older people
- Refugees and asylum seekers
- Homeless people or rough sleepers
- Socially isolated people
- People with health conditions
- People/households on a low income
- People in lower socio-economic groups
Applications are now open and will run until Thursday 20th May 2020. Due to the large number of groups that are expected to apply, not all the applications will be supported, so four will be shortlisted each week from all received entries.
All the shortlisted application will be put to a public vote, which will take place weekly, over a four week period. The voting will happen online on SPAR, EUROSPAR, VIVO and VIVOXTRA’s facebook pages and on the Henderson Group website.
Each week, the group that receives the most public votes will receive £2000 (1st place), the group with the 2nd most votes will receive £1500 (2nd place), the group with the third most votes will receive £1000 (3rd place) and the group with the fourth most votes will receive £500 (4th place). Successful Grantees will be notified on a weekly basis. Payments to grantees will be made as soon as possible but may take up to four weeks.