Funding of up to £1,000 is being made available to groups across the country to run projects that will benefit the local community.
Sanctuary Group’s Grand Ideas Fund offers charitable grants to organisations to help mobilise community projects in their area.
Community and resident groups, registered charities, councils, schools and social enterprises can all apply for up to £1,000 in the latest round of funding.
The Grand Ideas Fund seeks to support projects that make a difference to Sanctuary residents and their communities and link to one or more of the fund’s priorities, which are:
- Increasing life and work skills;
- Building connections and reducing isolation;
- Growing neighbourhood pride and bringing communities together;
- Helping residents to manage their money.
Groups who have benefited from funding this year include a youth club running a healthy eating workshop, enabling young people to gain the skills needed to shop and cook on a budget.
A women’s group also received funding, allowing them to learn English through food safety courses and making clothes. This helped to increase their self-confidence and led to one person becoming self-employed and others undertaking Secure English Language Tests (SELTs).
Financial inclusion sessions have also been supported to enable people to make their money go further by highlighting the advantages of budgeting and price comparison websites.
Chris Pratty, community investment officer for Sanctuary, said: “We are committed to investing in communities by supporting projects that make a difference in peoples’ lives.
“The Grand Ideas Fund can make that difference and we are looking forward to hearing from groups, charities and other organisations who feel they would benefit.”
Applications for the Grand Ideas Fund are being encouraged in a number of areas around England, including Cornwall, Worcestershire, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Somerset, Stoke, Scarborough, Halifax, Doncaster, Wolverhampton, Welwyn Garden City and Ipswich.