Housing developer launches £1million grant scheme for groups working with children in counties including Northamptonshire

Grants will be given to community groups who work with under 18s in health, sport, education and arts

A housing developer that works across Northamptonshire has launched a £1million giveaway and is looking for youth groups to receive the money.

Persimmon Homes’ ‘Building Futures’ scheme awards a number of grants to community groups and charities to improve local facilities and deliver projects.

The scheme is split into three sectors - education/arts, health and sport and there will be a number of different grant amounts awarded in each category.

Housing developer Persimmon Homes has launched its annual 1million grant scheme.

Last year the scheme helped a number of organisations across the county including Chelsea's Angels, Growing Together Northampton, Northampton Athletics Foundation, Weedon Boxing Academy and The KidsAid Foundation.

Simon McDonald, regional managing director for Persimmon Homes Midlands said: “As the country really starts to feel the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak, we believe that now more than ever we need to look after the health and wellbeing of the youngest and oldest members of our communities.

“Now, with the launch of Building Futures, we aim to help the younger members of our society.

“We will make donations from £1,000 to £100,000 to grassroots sports groups, charities dealing with physical and mental health issues, as well as community arts and education projects.”

Within each sector, 128 grants worth £1,000 will be awarded and 87 projects will be granted £5,000.

Three initiatives, one from each sector, will then be nominated for the first prize of £100,000, which will be decided by a national public vote.

A second prize of £50,000 and a third prize of £20,000 will also be awarded.

Simon added: “We are looking for groups, charities and individuals from across Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire to come forward with their amazing ideas on how to spend the big cash prizes.

“We will consider anything from new clubhouses and kit, to education and arts centres, medical research and support groups.”

To find out more information and apply for the grant, visit the Persimmon website.A message from the Editor:

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