Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation has launched its Coronavirus Response Fund to support smaller charities during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The £100,000 fund will make donations of £250 to £2,000 to charities that are helping UK communities to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Charities can apply for support with running costs, staff and travel costs as well as volunteer expenses.

Gordon Rogers, Chair of Trustees for Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation, said: “The impact that coronavirus is having across the country including the charity sector is unparalleled. With the launch of our fund we are aiming to help charities that support the ongoing needs of vulnerable people and people suffering from poverty.

“We will be prioritising smaller charities that have an income of £100,000 or less and ones that for example may be helping vulnerable people who are self-isolating, supplying items for foodbanks, or alleviating the impact of children no longer receiving free school meals due to school closures.”

Dan Jarvis, Sheffield City Region Mayor, said: “This is a really great initiative from the Yorkshire Building Society. Charities and volunteers are doing amazing work at the moment to ensure that those who are vulnerable and self-isolating have the food, medicine and essential supplies they need and offering vital support to ease loneliness at an incredibly difficult time for us all. They have my full support.”

Charities can apply for a donation from the Coronavirus Response Fund and see the full eligibility criteria at www.ybs.co.uk/charitablefoundation.

Charities will receive a decision on their application within two weeks of submitting a request.