Marathon Fund goes the distance across South Northamptonshire and Aylesbury Vale
Written by Martin Steers on July 21, 2020
Northamptonshire Community Foundation, working in partnership with Heart of Bucks Community Foundation has just awarded £112,500 to community projects across South Northamptonshire and Aylesbury Vale District Council areas, to help children, young people and adults be inspired to stay active and improve health and wellbeing. This is the second and final year of the London Marathon Charitable Trust funds being delivered in the region which will have seen a total of £225,000 being allocated to local charities supporting physical fitness.
Projects that have been funded will be adhering to social distancing measures and other requisite government guidance around COVID-19 and adaptation of activities. Alongside its Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund, Northamptonshire Community Foundation is working with funded groups through other grant programmes to be flexible to support extended timescales and adapted project delivery during this public health crisis.
Henry Allmand, CEO of Heart of Bucks Community Foundation, said: “This was the second of two very successful rounds of funding and we are delighted that the recent panel for The London Marathon Charitable Trust Fund has awarded three grants, a total of £49,556, for projects in Aylesbury Vale which encourage and support people to be physically active. The beneficiaries each do excellent work encouraging individuals from all groups and backgrounds to get active, including working with disabled people and those from economically deprived areas. It has been an absolute pleasure to work closely in partnership with Northamptonshire Community Foundation and The London Marathon Charitable Trust to deliver grants from this fund.”
Funding has been awarded to a range of projects, including sports for children with disabilities, a trail run with fitness stations for local residents, physical activity and wellbeing support for people living with mental health difficulties, children’s play area in an area of rural isolation and classes and sports outreach for people living in disadvantaged areas.
Sarah Ridley, Chief Grants Officer for The London Marathon Charitable Trust, said: “Northamptonshire Community Foundation has delivered a fantastic final round of grants to inspire people to participate in physical activity. This is the first time The Trust has worked with a Community Foundation to distribute funds. Over our two-year partnership, Northamptonshire Community Foundation’s understanding of the needs of local communities and careful management of The London Marathon Charitable Trust Fund has enabled us to reach a wide variety of grassroots organisations encouraging people to get active.”
Northamptonshire Community Foundation is the leading independent grant-making charity in the county, working with fund holders and donors to ensure projects make a sustainable impact on local need. It also works in partnership with other foundations to deliver funds within the region.
Victoria Miles, CEO of Northamptonshire Community Foundation, said: “Working in partnership with the London Marathon Charitable Trust to distribute their funds to much needed sports projects in South Northants and Aylesbury Vale for a second year running has been truly successful and has once again demonstrated a Community Foundation’s ability to reach the communities it knows well and serves. We have been delighted to be working with them on this grant funding programme and with our neighbouring Heart of Bucks Community Foundation.”