The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland are today launching the Energy Support Appeal. The appeal comes on the back of the release of the first round of payments from the Energy Support Scheme aimed at assisting households as fuel prices soar.
The appeal will ask those who are fortunate enough to be able to pay their bill and find themselves in a position to donate, to consider gifting some, or all of, the Energy payment to help those who need it most.
Speaking today Róisín Wood, CEO of the Community Foundation said:
“The Cost-of-living crisis is impacting right across our society with many now struggling to heat homes, buy food and pay rent.
“Some of our poorest families are left with £29 per week after essential items are paid for and are in real risk of being plummeted into desperate circumstances.
“Every household in Northern Ireland will receive an energy payment of £600 under the Energy Support Scheme to help with electricity and fuel cost. For many this is a much-needed form of support, however there are those who may find they don’t need this payment.
“The Energy Support Appeal from the Community Foundation will be able to receive these donations and ensure that they make a real impact by making grants to those who are working on the ground to mitigate the worst effects of the cost-of-living crisis.
“Over the past six months we have already allocated £500,000 to help tackle the cost-of-living crisis, funding groups such as The Trussell Trust, Good Morning Ballymena, Loughview Community Action Partnership and Limavady Community Development Initiative. We will continue to work to support those in need. Many of our grant schemes remain highly oversubscribed, such are the demands of this crisis.
“We understand fully that many households will need and use this payment at this time. However, we want to provide an opportunity for those that don’t need all or part of this payment to support others. Donations can be made at communityfoundationni.org or by contacting us at 028 9024 5927.
“The Community Foundation will use your donation to make a real difference to people’s lives by supporting charities and groups working to help those struggling this winter.”