Northampton Hope Centre secures funding to help support more local people through the Covid-19 pandemic


The Northampton Hope Centre – is delighted to announce that they have received a share of £9.5million of National Lottery funding to help recover from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.


The grant has been awarded through the Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme (CCLORS). The scheme is led by independent trust Power to Change in partnership with Locality, The Ubele Initiative and Social Investment Business, and was part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund, that launched in May this year.


The grant will enable the Northampton Hope Centre to establish a new painting and decorating social enterprise and widen the support their FoodClub offers to the BAME community through developing partnerships with diaspora community groups.


The Northampton Hope Centre has continued to provide support to the community throughout lockdown and has established a clear vision for the future of the charity aiming to support those who have been impacted economically both prior to and as a result of the Covid pandemic.


Robin Burgess CEO of The Northampton Hope Centre said: “This grant will enable Hope to expand it’s services and ensure that our support is available to support people in the short term whilst providing opportunities for training and development in the longer term.”


In total, 302 community-led organisations have received a total of £9.5million through CCLORS to help recover from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. The total includes 205 community organisations led by, or that support, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.


Grants of up to £100,000 have been awarded to community-led organisations in England facing severe financial difficulties as a direct result of the coronavirus lockdown. It has helped them to launch health and wellbeing projects, develop digital education workshops and continue providing vital services for their communities.


Vidhya Alakeson, CEO of Power to Change, said: “Whilst Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on people right across the country, it has disproportionately affected Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. By bringing together this strategic partnership, we’ve ensured this much-needed financial support is reaching those communities that need it most.”


Hope looks forward to launching their new social enterprise soon and is in the process of recruiting for a project lead.