Northamptonshire Community Foundation handed over more than £80,000 to 17 inspiring groups across the county last month.
The foundation, which supports a wide range of grassroots projects, groups and people in the county made awards to 17 groups which include a community choir, a gymnastics group, and a charity that provides volunteering opportunities for adults and young people who have a variety of disabilities, or health issues.
Amongst those who received an award were:
* Care & Repair (Northampton), a group that provides services to help support vulnerable people to remain independent in their own homes. The grant will be used to purchase and distribute Keep Warm packs throughout the county. These packs will help the most vulnerable in the community, the elderly and those with long-term health conditions and will include items such as a blanket, hat and gloves, a flask and a hot water bottle
* Northampton Gymnastics Academy received a grant to help purchase a new carbon fibre rodded tumble track replacing the current track that is over 20 years old. The club which currently has 19 different classes welcomes members of any age or ability, and the new track will benefit all members of the club
* Volleyball Northants received a grant to help set up a volleyball Young Leadership Academy for young people across Northamptonshire.
Community Foundation Chief Executive, Victoria Miles, said: “We’re delighted to support these local groups all of whom are doing exceptional work and improving their local communities. With the generous support from individuals, businesses and local government, we can make a real difference within our county.”
To apply for a grant, donate or to find out more about Northamptonshire Community Foundation please log on to www.ncf.uk.com or call on 01604 230033.