HOUSEHOLDS struggling with the financial impact of coronavirus may be able to get a £100 grant to cover essentials during lockdown.
Charity the Jack and Ada Beattie Foundation is offering crisis grants as part of its new "Tons of Help" initiative.
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The scheme, which launched today, focuses on those living in London and Birmingham as Birmingham is where Jack and Ada lived, and London is where their son Trevor, who set-up the charity in their name now resides.
The idea is for the cash to be given to those struggling financially due to coronavirus, because they've lost their jobs or been furloughed, for example.
Grants will always be a flat-rate of £100 as the charity says this covers the average weekly grocery bill for two adults, or the average energy, water, and broadband bill of a household.
The charity adds that £100 is also the most common amount sought from a payday lender, according to its research.
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As it's a one-off grant it doesn't need to be repaid, but you can only receive funding once.
To apply, you simply need to email [email protected] and include your name, location, and a short summary of your circumstances.
The charity says the beauty of it is that there's no "intrusive application form", although you will be asked to provide a reference of someone who can vouch for your situation.
Applications will be reviewed at the end of each week, with a view payments being made within two weeks.
The charity's founder, Trevor Beattie, has put aside an initial fund to help make payments but it's calling on those who can afford to do so to make a donation of a "ton" to help keep the scheme going.
It's hoped the cash will continue for as long as the coronavirus crisis lasts, and potentially even further after this.
To do donate to the fund, contact [email protected], and you will be notified of the chosen applicant’s details, and how they progress.
Alternatively, you can donate directly to the charity via its Virgin Money Giving fundraising page.
The foundation has run a similar interest-free loans scheme in the past called the 'Bank of Mum and Dad' but it says this iniative has been paused in place of Tons of Help.
Charity Turn2Us was giving out £500 interest-free coronavirus loans but its funding quickly ran out.
While Martin Lewis has set-up a fund for charities helping coronavirus-struck people.
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