Generous Donors contribute to Foundation’s biggest grant giving year

A record £1.3 million given to the voluntary sector.

This financial year (April 2017 to March 2018), Northamptonshire Community Foundation has awarded over £1.3 million to 503 charities, projects and individuals on behalf of a range of donors across Northamptonshire.

Victoria Miles, DL Chief Executive of the Foundation said “We are so very blessed with generous donors who continue to give to the Community Foundation, enabling us to support our mainly volunteer led groups, providing essential help to those most in need.

This year some of our major fund holders have given more from their endowment funds as other funding streams were cut from statutory bodies during the year. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their invaluable support. Endowment building is a key strategy of a Community Foundation, it provides sustainability and funds for problems and challenges our communities face now and in the years to come.”

Funding has been crucial in supporting the county’s much-needed community projects, which includes those tackling issues such as poverty, domestic violence, social isolation and unemployment.

Avon UK generously donated £2,760 from their fund for women and girls to Breast Friends Northampton to support their wellbeing activities for people living with breast cancer.

Live at Home, a community project helping older people to maintain their independence, received £3,000 from the Briggs and Forrester Foundation Fund to continue to run their much loved lunch clubs and other services that help to support the older community in Northamptonshire.

Q Space were awarded £5, 000 from the #iwill fund with match funding from The Wilson Foundation. The funding has enabled the group to create a support group which provides opportunities for LGBTQ young people to campaign on subjects close to their hearts.

Northampton Bangladeshi Association received a grant of £5,000 from the Northampton Queen’s Institute Relief Fund to run their Ladies be Healthy class for members of BME groups and the wider community in Northampton.

Sport4Fitness CIC received a grant from the Northamptonshire Federation of Disability Sport Fund of £1,000 to continue to run their Multi-Sports club which offers a variety of sporting activities for all disabilities.