The Northamptonshire Community Foundation gave the perfect Christmas present to groups across the county.
The foundation handed out £67,502 to help fund local projects in December, taking the total for the year to an amazing £790,577. Throughout 2014, the foundation has helped 191 groups.
Chief executive Victoria Miles said the foundation had seen a dramatic increase in the level of donations.
“2014 was a really incredible year for us. Within six months we have trebled the size of the organisation in terms of investment,” she said.
“People are really understanding that we are able to give out money to local groups and organisations and they can see their donations hit the ground,” she added.
Groups to receive money in the latest round of grants included Northampton Food Bank, which received £4,000 to deliver Christmas In A Box food parcels to the most in-need families.
Rockin’ Roadrunner was awarded £4,902 to allow them to continue delivering creative workshops to adults with learning disabilities. The artwork produced is showcased at the group’s regular club nights, allowing all to experience dancing in a friendly and social atmosphere, forming new lifelong friendships.
Earthworks successfully applied for £8,677 which will be used to fund 45 weekly sessions over the course of one year, where people with mental health issues can increase their access to healthy sporting activity. Exercise, especially during the cold winter months, can help lift depression and anxiety, having a positive impact in all areas of a person’s life.
Tools for Self Reliance (Northampton) were awarded £3,000 to develop their fundraising capability. The charity works with a wide range of beneficiaries, including those who are mentally or physically disabled, those with substance or alcohol addictions, ex-offenders and those who are suffering from mental health problems. The beneficiaries volunteer their time to renovate items including tools and bicycles which are then passed on to other groups, ensuring they are not sent to landfill.