£1.8 million awarded to community projects across Northamptonshire
Written by Martin Steers on October 6, 2020
Since April, Northamptonshire Community Foundation has awarded almost £1.8 million in grant awards on behalf of its donors to groups, organisations and community projects across the county.
Example projects include those providing food aid, counselling services, medical supplies and health and wellbeing activities to particularly vulnerable individuals and families during the current public health crisis.
The Foundation is the leading, independent grant-making charity in the county, working with a network of fund holders and donors to ensure projects make a sustainable impact on local need.
This year has seen the launch of several new funds forged from established relationships both locally and nationwide. The Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund was launched in March with support from the National Emergencies Trust and has awarded £675,518 to 221 projects to date.
The Foundation worked with Anglian Water to create the Anglian Water Positive Difference Fund, which provides grants to support projects that have a positive impact on the people and communities they serve. The SEGRO Centenary Fund was established in April to support members of the community who are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic. In the longer term, this fund will focus on community projects which help young and disadvantaged people break into employment.
Local fundraising efforts have also contributed to the hugely successful year for the Foundation so far. Northamptonshire resident Shevonne Blair set herself the incredible challenge of walking 1,000,000 miles in August to raise funds for the organisation. Tommy Gardner, another local resident, brought together 27 local musicians and artists to create the 2 disc ‘One Voice Northampton’ album. Next month, these artists will come together to host a concert in Northampton’s Deco Theatre, with performances happening across the day and into the evening.
Speaking of the project, Tommy Gardner said: “One Voice brings together a large variety of Northamptonshire artists to create a lasting memory through music of our experiences through the COVID-19 lockdown period. During this time, I noticed that local music was more alive than ever before with live-streamed performances from home and new song releases from so many amazing artists. I wanted to capture a selection of those performances in this album to create a truly amazing musical time piece.”
Northamptonshire Community Foundation has also adopted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) into its charitable activity. The organisation wants to help promote these UN SDGs locally to show how local action contributes to local good. The UN SDGS are 17 goals that the United Nations has set to help improve quality of life and wellbeing for all by 2030 and include tackling poverty, hunger, access to quality education and health and wellbeing.
Rachel McGrath, Grants Director and Deputy CEO at Northamptonshire Community Foundation, said: “We pay tribute to the extraordinary generosity of our donors and the tireless work of our local charitable sector. Over the last six months, we have ensured that we provide a crucial safety net of community funds to local groups and charities supporting some of the most vulnerable residents of Northamptonshire during this public health crisis. We have also committed to delivering ongoing grant programmes to maximise the funds available for local support and services.” For more information on the work of Northamptonshire Community Foundation, visit www.ncf.uk.com