The Prince Philip Trust Fund has donated £57,500 to charities and projects in the Royal Borough helping people through the Coronavirus pandemic - and applications are still welcome.

The Covid-19 Relief Fund was made available by the trust fund last month drawing upon capital reserves.

In an virtual meeting held this week, chaired by the Earl of Wessex, the board of trustees approved 28 applications for funding projects that cover a wide range of services and provisions for vulnerable, isolated and at risk residents and families.

These included the Dash Charity which is helping to tackle the rise in domestic abuse and The Baby Bank, which is seeing more families referred to their services for essential supplies.

Counselling services such as The Samaritans, Citizens Advice Bureau in Windsor and Maidenhead, Browns Community Services, Relate and No 22 Youth Community Counselling have all been awarded funds to help them cope with the increase in demand.

Grants have also been given to projects that are supporting workers at the frontline of the Covid-19 response such as The Windsor Boys School digitally printing PPE for health workers, Thames Hospice, St John’s Ambulance and Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

Food banks and essential delivery services have also received grants including Maidenhead Foodshare, Driven Forward, Datchet Corona Volunteers and People to Places. A match-funded grant has also been given to the Rotary Club of Windsor and Eton for their project to support Windsor Foodshare.

Chris Aitken, secretary and trustee of the charity said: “My fellow trustees and I have been truly humbled to see how our community has been coming together to support our most vulnerable and at risk residents during this time."

Local charities, projects or community groups that are specifically working to support local residents to deal with the fall out from the Covid-19 crisis and need help with funding can continue to apply through the website

Applications should include specific details about what the funding is for and should be marked “Covid-19 Emergency” and submitted as soon as possible within the next six weeks.