£5 million boost to Thames Valley charities
Local charities across the Thames Valley have received almost £5 million from four Community Foundations following a record breaking year.
Berkshire, Heart of Bucks, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire Community Foundations are celebrating this great achievement, with Berkshire and Oxfordshire each granting over £1 million for the first time in their histories.
The funding is a lifeline to grassroots groups working on the front-line to tackle problems across the Thames Valley. Although the region is considered to be well-off, pockets of deprivation remain. 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.
Gerry Lejeune, Chief Executive of Berkshire Community Foundation, said: “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.”