Review reveals how foundation boosts groups

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A charitable grant-giving body in Northamptonshire has published a review of how the cash it hands out has helped local groups and communities.

The Northamptonshire Community Foundation (NCF), which was set up in 2002 and has handed out £7m to 2,500 community groups locally, has launched its first impact review.

The review provides insights and highlights the value and demonstrated difference that donations and grants are making to communities in the county.

Based on completed projects in 2013-14, the NCF’s donations and grants have helped local groups and charities support 134,976 people at an average cost of £3.80 per beneficiary.

The review identifies key areas in which local community groups and charities have been able to actively support people such as working with vulnerable people and families, getting people back into education and training, getting people healthy and active, volunteering, improving the environment and making arts, culture and heritage accessible for all.

The review is based on reports provided by groups and charities helped by the NCF about the difference they made to beneficiaries’ lives.

The NCF’s grants director Rachel McGrath said: “We are delighted to be able to launch our first ever impact review based on a framework which has been developed and pilot tested over the last three years.

“We are able to capture the kind of difference that groups are achieving and this makes us better able to track this change and communicate this to current and potential donors and the wider community.”

NCF is a grant-giving charity and provides much-needed and often life-changing grants to some of the county’s most vulnerable and in need people. It is one of 1,800 community foundations across the world.

Among those it helped last year were Desborough Town Cricket Club, which was awarded £2,760 to fund a new electronic scoreboard, allowing the club to compete at a higher level, and Stewarts and Lloyds Rugby Club in Corby, which was given £2,422.

The club needs to buy more equipment to help it cope with a surge in the number of people who want to join.

The NCF also helped Corby Sports Forum, which more than 90 sports clubs in the town are members of, run an open day to promote health and well-being, and their services. As a result 22 people signed up to join various clubs .

The impact review is available online via NCF’s website at www.ncf.uk.com/Training/Impact.