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Friends of Kettering Art Gallery have been one of a number of groups to benefit from grants from Northamptonshire Community Foundation

Friends of Kettering Art Gallery have been one of a number of groups to benefit from grants from Northamptonshire Community Foundation

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Tens of thousands of pounds have been given to deserving groups in the Kettering area by the Northamptonshire Community Foundation.

The charity says it has increased its donations in Kettering by 600 per cent in the last year, and still has more than £360,000 to give out between now and March.

The Foundation, which supports a wide range of grassroots projects, groups and people in the county, aims to make an even bigger impact in supporting Kettering and is working in partnership with Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire to build the capacity of small community groups to access funding and support.

Kettering-based Accommodation Concern were winners of the Tackling Disadvantage and Exclusion award at the Foundation’s 2015 annual awards, in recognition of their outstanding preventative work to alleviate poverty and hardship and their support to those who are homeless or in a vulnerable housing position.

Among the groups who recently received a grant were Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum, who launched a child friendly activity as part of a community event which included the Big Paint where children and families created a combined community art work to hang in the gallery.

Kettering Sea Cadets offer young people from all walks of life an amazing opportunity to learn new skills in an environment where they have an opportunity to find new confidence and inspiration. The group was awarded a grant to help it buy two new boats.

Kettering Cycling Club received a grant to help purchase cyclo-cross bikes and pit equipment for young people to use.

The project enables young people aged seven-18 to try out and develop their participation in cycling.

The group took part in British Cycling’s ‘Go Ride’ scheme and delivered programmes in secondary schools, resulting in many young people joining the club.

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.

To apply for a grant, visit www.ncf.uk.com.