For 60 years the trustees of the Garfield Weston Foundation have supported local charities across the UK. These small to medium organisations are often unsung champions doing important work to keep our communities connected. To celebrate the Foundation’s anniversary and the vital role of volunteers and community charities, they have just launched an additional grants scheme that will be open until 30 June 2018 – the Weston Anniversary Fund.
This is a new one-off fund that offers grants of between £30,000 and £150,000 to registered charities, CIOs, places of worship and state schools. The fund is exclusively aimed at supporting capital costs, for example: new community facilities, improvement of community facilities, items that require a sizeable investment such as the purchase of a minibus, improvements to outdoor spaces and facilities for sport and exercise or community use. They will consider applications for:
- New buildings or extensions to an existing building for community use, for example, a new kitchen, meeting room or storage facility.
- Improvements to, or renovation or refurbishment of, an existing building such as installing a toilet and servery in a rural church for community use.
- New fixed playground equipment, climbing walls or multi-use games area in a public playing field.
- Purchase of large or expensive items if it is crucial to supporting local people, for example a minibus for elderly day care, equipment for a training room, community café fit out.
- Purchase of land or property with a minimum of a 25 year lease with a clear community benefit.
This is just one of the many grant and award programmes featured in the January 2018 edition of Reading Borough Council’s Funding Digest. Visit our website for details about how to subscribe, free of charge, to this monthly publication, which is only available to Charities and Voluntary and Community organisations and groups working primarily for the benefit of residents and communities in the Borough of Reading.