Newbury Town Council has allocated £8,000 from its grant fund to assist projects and proposals helping the elderly, vulnerable and at-risk communities in Newbury in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Cllr Gary Norman, Chairperson of the Council’s Grants Subcommittee, explained that the Council took this move in order to assist charities and other organisations who need funding to respond to the emergency.

“The Council has made the grant available through The Good Exchange online fundraising platform and funder Greenham Trust has agreed to match fund the amount, doubling the value of our funds and facilitating an even greater contribution to the fantastic work being undertaken by organisations supporting those impacted by coronavirus in our community.”

He continued, “For example, last night we approved grant assistance of £500 to the Newbury Soup Kitchen so that they can contribute to the cost of the manufacture of hand sanitiser to ensure the safety of staff, volunteers and clients at this very difficult time. With match funding from Greenham Trust this will enable them to contribute towards the cost of making £1000 worth of sanitiser”.

The hand sanitiser is being manufactured by Pete at 137 Gin, operating out of The Newbury pub in Bartholomew St, for supply to local front-line services completely free of charge and he is raising funds to assist in this.

Any charities operating in the Newbury area that need £1,000 or more of funding to help those impacted by coronavirus should apply via The Good Exchange. Applications for less than £1,000 should be sent via email to . The Town Council will be working closely with Greenham Trust to rapidly review and consider all applications submitted via either method.

Cllr Martin Colston, Leader of the Council said, “I am very pleased that the Council is in a position to offer this assistance and encourage any charitable or voluntary organisation with suitable projects to apply and the council commits to process them as quickly as possible.”

For further information email: or to apply for a grant of £1,000 or more follow this link:
To apply for a grant of less than £1,000 you can e-mail:

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