Council Awards £127k in Emergency Grants

BERT trustee Issy Heppenstall

Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) has so far awarded £127k in grants to community organisations that have been delivering vital services in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Since the emergency grants scheme began at the start of lockdown in late March, grants have been awarded to 40 organisations carrying out work to help the district’s most vulnerable residents.

This includes grants for foodbanks, and funding to enable nurseries to reopen and schools to purchase food boxes.

BERT - trustee daughter Olivia Heppenstall helping post leaflets to recruit volunteers

Mid Surrey Community Fridge received funding to support the running costs of their delivery van, enabling the organisation to deliver food to vulnerable families across Mole Valley.

Grants were also awarded to charities including Cruse Bereavement and Sight for Surrey, which supports the deaf and blind community.

Funding went to charity Brockham Emergency Response Team (BERT), also known as Community Support in the Countryside, to help establish a food bank in Brockham. Craig Scott, BERT trustee, said: “The funding we were awarded by Mole Valley District Council was critical for us to establish our food bank which we launched as ‘foodaid’. We were able to purchase fridges and freezers and other essential equipment to create a safe and effective hub for our volunteers to work preparing and delivering food parcels to families in need. Up to the end of June we had delivered 2,087 food parcels and personal hygiene products to families who were in need of support.”

BERT - food ready to be distributed

Cabinet Member for Community, Councillor Hazel Watson, said: “The hard work of these community organisations has been vital during this time, and we are pleased that we have been able to support them.

“In line with the pausing of the government’s shielding requirements, we will close the emergency fund on Friday 31 July. If you have been considering applying, please make sure you do so as soon as possible.”

After 31 July, community groups can continue to apply to MVDC’s Small-Grants Community Fund, which offers support of up to £5k to charities, community and voluntary groups that carry out valuable work within their communities. To find out more, visit

To find out more about the emergency fund, visit To apply, email or call 01306 885001.

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