Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales announces that £1.25 million of funding is still available for registered charities in the South West that help to tackle disadvantage and is encouraging charities to check if they are eligible to receive funding. So far this year, the Foundation has awarded over £235,000 in grants to 12 charities in the region, which provide services such as education and learning, advocacy and advice and youth work.
Charities can quickly check whether or not they fit the Foundation’s guidelines via lloydstsbfoundations.org.uk/HowToApply.
During 2011, the Foundation made 77 grants to charities in the South West alone, totalling £1.7 million. The Foundation is one of the few grant makers that support core running costs, helping charities to continue to provide their services to disadvantaged and vulnerable people.
The Foundation is particularly keen to hear from charities in the Plymouth area. Plymouth Methodist Mission Circuit received a £14,000 grant over two years from the Foundation earlier in the year. The grant contributes towards the salary of the Foodbank Project Coordinator, allowing the charity to continue to develop its volunteer programme, which works with volunteers from disadvantaged backgrounds, supporting them in collecting and distributing food to other disadvantaged families and individuals in Plymouth. The aim is to increase the confidence and self esteem of the volunteers. The charity also provides a range of support services.
Trevor Smale, Grant Manager for the South West said,
“Charities are facing many challenges at the moment as funding becomes harder to secure and demand for services increases. 2011 saw the Foundation award £1.7 million in grants to 77 charities in the South West. This is a significant level of funding and we would like to replicate this success during 2012.”