Funding announced for local agencies, charities and community groups

Published: Tuesday, 24 April 2018

This year, 17 local support organisations will benefit from the support provided by Northampton Borough Council’s Partnership Grant Fund.

The Borough Council uses the Partnership Grants to support local charities, community groups and agencies who help residents and communities.

A panel of seven, including representatives across parties and from local charities, recommended that £100,000 was awarded in total to the organisations, who were notified of their successful application earlier this week. This is in addition to the three year grants, which were granted to four organisations and will continue this year.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “Over the past few years, the Council has made millions of pounds available to non-profit organisations and groups that provide support services for people in our town.

“With so many fantastic organisations working hard in Northampton, allocating funding is always going to be a difficult task. We are, however, extremely pleased to be supporting 17 organisations this year, and we know that the grants allocated will help make a difference to the lives of many people across the town.”

The organisations awarded Council Partnership Grants for 2018/19 are:

Spencer Contact – a furniture turnaround charity that supports people affected by poverty and hardship - £8,000

Warts and All Theatre – a performing arts group that inspire and encourage artists, audiences and members of the community to engage in theatre - £7,500

Tools for Self-Reliance – a charity providing work experience and voluntary opportunities for adults with disabilities, health issues or other disadvantages - £6,000

Free 2 Talk CIC – a non-profit organisation that provides a range of support services to children, young people, families and communities - £7,500

Home-Start Northampton – a charity supporting parents with isolation, bereavement, multiple births, illness, disability or those who are just finding parenting a struggle - £7,500

The Lowdown – a charity offering a broad range of support services to children and young adults - £5,000

Northampton Street Pastors - volunteers from local Churches who provide care, support and help to people using Northampton Town Centre on Friday and Saturday evenings - £5,500

Northamptonshire Rape Crisis - charity providing counselling and support for survivors of sexual abuse and their non-offending family - £7,500

Northampton Hope Centre – a charity helping to relieve poverty and tackle the causes of homelessness in Northampton - £5,500

MHA Live at Home Northampton - a charity improving the quality of life for older people by providing care, accommodation and support services - £5,000

Re: store Northampton - is a charity run by Central Vineyard Church and supported by local people, to serve those in need within the town - £5,000

The Good Loaf CIC – a social enterprise helping to break to cycle of poverty, unemployment and offending by offering employment opportunities to vulnerable women - £5,000

Northampton Men's Sheds – a voluntary organisation for older men who would like to work with buddies to learn fresh skills and find purpose and companionship - £5,000

Unity Leisure Northampton Leisure Trust – an organisation providing sport (and development), leisure, play and cultural cinema opportunities for local communities - £5,000

Northampton Inter Faith Forum – a non-profit organisation that explores how all faiths might live constructively and collaboratively on Northampton – £5,000

Singing4Breathing – a singing group set up to help people who have been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or other breathing conditions - £5,000

Action Support UK Ltd on behalf of our Division Scooter 2 Go – a not for profit organisation providing scooter and wheelchair hire in Northampton Town Centre- £5,000.

The organisation awarded funding for three years are:

Manna House Counselling Service, part of the Manna House Trust - A professionally trained service making counselling services accessible and available to all communities in Northampton – £12,000

Northampton Domestic Abuse Service, Providing support, advice and refuge for women who have experienced domestic abuse - £20,000

Age UK, a local, independent charity supporting older people through services, activities and campaigns - £40,000

Door to Door, provides transport services to residents who, due to disability or age related frailty, are unable to use conventional public transport services - £25,410.