New fund awards over £4k to enterprise project in Kings Heath

Energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE (formerly Keepmoat Regeneration) has awarded funding to a Northampton community group through its Fund for Enterprise initiative.

Free 2 Talk CIC (F2T) were awarded £4,879 to recruit a bank of ‘Community Creators’ in Kings Heath supported by an experienced mentor from F2T.

F2T deliver a bespoke youth service in the local area, offering a range of support and interventions to meet varying individual needs and circumstances, including mental health and well-being.

Genna Whitlock, Director of F2T, said of the grant award: “The Community Creators project will support Kings Heath community members to bring local people together.

“The funding will enable us to support and train local volunteers to run three community projects as well as hold two community events, which will reduce isolation and bring different parts of the community together.

“It will also pay for staffing to recruit, support and train local volunteers as well as provide a small start-up development fund for each project.”

Nathan Brough, Regional Director at ENGIE, said: “We are delighted to be able to support Free 2 Talk in its great work with children, young people and families in the Kings Heath community. We established our Fund for Enterprise to make a real lasting difference to the areas in which we are working, and Free 2 Talk is a perfect example of that.”

ENGIE is currently working with Northampton Partnership Homes to regenerate neighbourhoods in Spring Boroughs and Kings Heath.

Helen Town, Northampton Partnership Homes Head of Asset Management, said: “When we were looking for a long-term partner to work with, it was really important that opportunities for community investment were offered. This will be the first of many joint initiatives with ENGIE to promote our “whole home, whole neighbourhood” approach to regeneration in Northampton”.

ENGIE’s Fund for Enterprise is managed and facilitated by Northamptonshire Community Foundation and focuses on improving education and skills in the local community.

Rachel McGrath, Deputy CEO and Grants Director of Northamptonshire Community Foundation said: “We are delighted to be managing this funding programme which will support the areas of Spring Boroughs and Kings Heath locally, making a really positive difference to the wellbeing of those communities.”

The Foundation works with fund holders and donors to ensure projects make a sustainable impact on local needs, helping donors make the most of their charitable giving.

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