Good causes hit the jackpot with more than £1 million of grants from Northamptonshire Community Foundation

Northamptonshire Community Foundation Awards. Royal and Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton. Victoria Miles. NNL-140926-082817009

Northamptonshire Community Foundation Awards. Royal and Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton. Victoria Miles. NNL-140926-082817009

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More than £1 million has been donated to 216 groups by Northamptonshire Community Foundation, it has been revealed.

In a statement released this afternoon, the foundation announced its figures for the financial year April 2015 to March 2016 that showed it had given out grants totalling £1,050,646.

Grants director, Rachel McGrath, said: “We have worked hard to allocate £1 million across Northamptonshire to a range of charitable causes, and we are proud to have been able to achieve this level of support to community groups, charities, and individuals during the past year.

“A big thank you to the outstanding generosity of our donors and partners, and we look forward to reporting back the impact of those grant awards in the coming year,” she added.

The foundation has supported a variety of community projects this year, with many tackling issues such as poverty, social isolation, domestic violence and unemployment in the county.

The first grant awarded this year was to Barnwell Community and Church Action Group, to hold a village fair for young and older members of the village, bringing the community together and providing a range of activities.

Nene Valley Community Action were awarded the last grant of the year, to provide a pet sitting service led by volunteers for people who are unwell or in hospital.