Northamptonshire Community Foundation awards £1.2 million to groups across the county in their most successful year to date.
This financial year (April 2016 to March 2017), Northamptonshire Community Foundation has awarded up to £1.2 million to 299 groups, charities and individuals on behalf of a range of donors across Northamptonshire.
Grants Director and Deputy CEO of the Foundation, Rachel McGrath said “I am delighted that the Foundation has had its most successful year yet in awarding grants to local community groups and charities on behalf of a range of donors. The impact that small groups have on our communities is absolutely huge and vital tackling a range of issues and improving the lives of local people. We’d like to say a huge thank you to our generous donors for their kind support.”
Funding from the Foundation has helped to support a variety of community projects across the county, this year, including those tackling issues such as poverty, social isolation, domestic violence and unemployment in the county.
Phoenix Community Cinema was awarded £9,500 to provide affordable cinema screenings to rural areas in Northamptonshire, bringing isolated communities together for an evening of film.
Home Start Wellingborough and District were awarded £8,765 to develop their WISH project enabling fragile families to improve their sense of wellbeing, decrease isolation, increase self-esteem and improve health.
Great Oxendon Village Hall was awarded £1,760 to provide maintenance work to the village hall to produce a good community space for all group activities.
Citizens Advice Services Corby and Kettering (CASCK) were awarded £10,000 to provide a Personal Independence Payment Support service to disabled people who are applying for personal independence Payments (formally Disability Living Allowance).
Sikh Community Centre and Youth Club were awarded £19,850 to develop their Mind, Body and Soul programme improving the emotional, physical and social wellbeing of vulnerable and isolated individuals in the community.
Singing for Breathing, a singing group set up to help people diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), were awarded £3,000 to provide a transport service for their members during the winter.