The cost-of-living crisis has led to a huge growth in demand from Muslims in need across the UK. Applications to the NZF’s Hardship Fund, for essentials like food and clothes, has soared by more than 90% year on year. With 50% of UK Muslims already in poverty, the increasing price of basic food, energy and housing is taking its toll.
To help expand our reach, NZF is piloting a project now underway in Bradford, whereby people in need can access support at a partnering community institution. The partner completes an assessment of their situation and (where appropriate) approves a Zakat grant.
By working alongside grassroots organisations who have a natural reach within their communities, NZF provide these organisations a supplementary service which enables them to offer financial help to Muslims quickly and with dignity.
We hope this project will expand to other grassroots organisations who have a strong track record of delivering services for their local Muslim communities. This includes mosques, madrasahs, community centres and food banks.
We will update you on the progress of the programme. If you would like us to partner with your organisation, please get in touch.