Anglian teams up with local groups to distribute £1m coronavirus support

Anglian Water has teamed up with 15 local Community Foundations to help it distribute the £1m Positive Difference Fund it announced in April, which will help people in its area cope with coronavirus impacts.

Half the pot is being made available immediately, with the remaining half to be released later in the year to meet emerging needs from the fallout from the pandemic. Eligible organisations, such as food banks and outreach programmes, will be able to apply to their local Community Foundation for grants of up to £5,000, to help those shielding or suffering from financial hardship, homelessness, loneliness and isolation. Over £50,000 of the cash has already been fast-tracked to front line organisations.

Peter Simpson, Anglian Water's chief executive, said: "Offering support to individuals in our communities who really need it has never been more important. As one of the biggest businesses serving our region, it's absolutely right we extend our support in whatever way we can.”