LAUNCH OF THE MANX SOLIDARITY FUND
MONDAY, 30TH MARCH 2020
Businesses, individuals and charities in the Isle of Man can now apply for grant or loan support
JustGiving page launched to help facilitate further donations
Local companies and individuals have donated nearly £167,000 to date
The Manx Solidarity Fund is now inviting applications for grant or loan support from Isle of Man businesses, charities and individuals negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. A new online application form is now live and, additionally, a JustGiving page has been launched to help facilitate further donations to the Fund.
Thanks to swift work by local digital marketing and software company, Afundi, the online form was developed within a matter of days following the finalisation of the assessment process for applications by the Trustees. Grant and loan support can now be applied for at www.manxsolidarityfund.com/apply.
All applications will be reviewed closely by the Trustees of the Fund. They are keen that any support allocated to businesses is primarily utilised for the retention of employees so that a positive intervention ensures as broad a benefit as possible for the local economy.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of donors from across the local community, the Manx Solidarity Fund has raised £167,000 so far. However, a significant number of applications are expected to be received in the coming days and weeks. Therefore, the Trustees are keen to encourage further donations so that as many deserving applicants as possible can be supported.
Isle of Man-based payment app ‘MuchBetter’ is also supporting the Manx Solidarity Fund. Anyone with a MuchBetter account can donate via their payment app at https://muchbetter.com/en/iomdonations/
Basil Bielich, Chair, Manx Solidarity Fund said:
‘Since launching the Manx Solidarity Fund we have been humbled by the support and interest the initiative has received. It is clear that many people, businesses and organisations are in urgent need of support to help tackle financial issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. We are here to help and we encourage anyone who needs support to apply to the Fund via the online form.
‘On behalf of the Trustees I would like to thank Jess and Nic from Afundi for getting the online application form up and running so quickly. We would also like to thank Richard Slee of RS Marketing and PR, Michelle Novellie and Adam Wood for giving their time to drive the PR and marketing aspects of our work.’
Manx Solidarity Fund Patron: Sir Richard Gozney KCMG, CVO, Lieutenant Governor
Manx Solidarity Fund Trustees: www.manxsolidarityfund.com/trustees
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