The funding is a lifeline to grassroots charitable organisations to help them to tackle problems across the Thames Valley. The region is considered to be well off however there are areas of deprivation throughout. Community foundations are working hard to make sure that nobody gets left behind.
The four foundations each cover their own specific region. Between them over 650 small charities were supported in 2017–18. With grants totalling £4,875,000, promoting better mental health, reducing loneliness and alleviating poverty.
Thames Valley community foundations have worked together on several projects. In 2017 they collectively, with the Thames Valley Police’s proceeds of crime fund, gave over £115,000 to fund projects across the region.
“We’re so proud to be part of this boost to those in need across the Thames Valley. Granting over £1,000,000 in Berkshire was a huge team effort for us and we’re delighted to have supported so many small charities. There’s a great need in the county. This money will keep many groups going, so that they can continue their vital work.”
Gerry Lejeune, Chief Executive, Berkshire Community Foundation