Grants for Good 2015: part two
Our 2015 Grants for Good scheme has helped out five local projects with a cash donation. The Lenton Centre, The New Generation Community Hub, Nottingham Nightstop, Bugh Community Debt Advice Centre and NIDAS will benefit from a ‘Grant for Good’ to aid work being done locally to help vulnerable people.
The scheme, which has been running since 2010, seeks local projects that help local communities through increasing people’s skills and employability, improving their ability to manage their own finances or even help homeless people get back on their feet - this is history repeating itself, as we look back at the society’s founder Samuel Fox, who set up the building society to aid housing in the city.
Chief Executive David Marlow says ‘When we started our community work five years ago, we took inspiration from the origins of our building society to help local communities prosper.
‘This is the second round of grants we have run this year and we were delighted with the standard and quality of the applications. Our 2015 grants have demonstrated that a little help can really go a long way, especially coupled with the support of one of our branches.’
The donation to The Lenton Centre will help to fund its weekly ‘Tasty Tuesdays’ community meal for local homeless and unemployed people. The New Generation Community Hub will be putting their cash towards CV writing workshops and basic skills building.
Nottingham Nightstop, who find emergency accommodation for homeless young people in crisis, will benefit from toiletry packs for service users. The grant for Bugh Community Debt Advice Centre will help individuals regain control of their finances. And a grant for NIDAS, a charity that offers support to vulnerable women, young people and children at risk of homelessness due to domestic violence and abuse, will help them continue their excellent work.
Earlier in 2015 we awarded grants to Trussell Trust, Caanan Trust and FreeDA helping to fund volunteer training, basic skills education programmes and debt advice sessions. Since then, the business has gone onto support its beneficiaries’ ongoing work through volunteering and local support.
The initiative is part of our ‘Doing Good Together’ programme which has seen over £400,000 given away to local projects in the last few years through grants and Cash for your Community. Staff have also raised over £75,000 for charities and volunteered over 1,500 hours.