£1m is shared between 280 Northants community groups

Wellingborough Bid has received a grant for a medieval festival
Wellingborough Bid has received a grant for a medieval festival

Community groups and organisations across the county have shared £1m with Northamptonshire Community Foundation celebrating its biggest grant-giving year to date.

It was the first time since the foundation was formed that it has handed over more than £1m in a single financial year.

A total of 280 local community groups, charities and individuals within our county have benefited.

Community foundation chief executive Victoria Miles said: “As the leading independent grant-making charity in the area we are proud to have been able to deliver this level of support to community groups, charities and individuals during the past year.

“It is thanks to the outstanding generosity of our donors and partners that we have been able to achieve this.

“The foundation is dedicated to delivering this vital support which improves the lives of our county’s most disadvantaged people and communities.

“Child poverty, unemployment, homelessness, domestic violence and social isolation are just some of the issues we strive to tackle each year and the growth of our endowment to more than £7.5m will help us achieve this both now and for generations to come.”

Among the groups to receive financial support were Wellingborough Bid, which received a grant to support the medieval festival which takes place in various locations including Croyland Gardens, The Castle theatre and the Tithe Barn on the weekend of June 27 and 28.

Through events such as this the group is focused on building and supporting local communities, raising awareness of Wellingborough and its medieval heritage and providing an opportunity for groups to participate in community, cultural, leisure and heritage activities.