More than £1 million pounds has been given to people in need across Lancashire during the coronavirus crisis.

The Lancashire Covid-19 Community Support Fund was set up in April at the start of the coronavirus emergency with the aim of raising £1 million for community organisations right across the county.

Since then, a total of £1.3 million has been raised and just over £1 million given out to 238 community groups, organisations and charities.

The Community Foundation for Lancashire (CFL) – which is managing all donations received to the Fund, making sure they reach the most vulnerable people affected by the coronavirus – is working in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust (NET) and Lancashire Resilience Forum.

Funding has also come from local authorities who form the Lancashire Resilience Forum, with partners including police, fire and health.

Denise Park, Chief Executive of Blackburn with Darwen Council, on behalf of LRF, said: “This is a wonderful milestone to get to. So many groups have come together in partnership for this fund and it has shown that we really are stronger together. There are so many vital groups and services all over Lancashire and I am thrilled that the community fund has been able to help so many.”

Organisations can apply for grants by visiting: