Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group has distributed £436,974 to small community groups and charities across England since April 2016. A new report published today confirms that 103 community groups have received grants of £1,000 - £5,000, with beneficiaries from Plymouth to South Shields.
The Clarion Futures grants programme is designed to help charitable organisations to make a positive impact in Clarion Housing communities. The beneficiaries of the grant funding are small voluntary groups who need funds to start or sustain a local project. Grant funding is awarded to support a diverse range of organisations and activities, including:
- £3,000 to support Bright Futures, a South Shields charity that supports vulnerable young women
- £5,000 to Sk8side, a youth centre supporting a deprived community in Ashford
- £3,600 to the Bristol Play Bus, a group that provides alternative opportunities for young people to play and learn in their communities – such as running a graffiti workshop with a local artist
All funding is provided by Clarion Futures, with the administration of the grants managed by Groundwork UK. Groundwork (a registered charity) manages the submissions process and provides advice and support to community groups who are often seeking financial support for the first time.
Matt Parsonage, Head of Communities at Clarion Futures commented:
“Helping more than 100 community groups through our grants programme is a significant landmark for Clarion Futures and underlines the scale and diversity of our activity across the country. Clarion Futures exists to transform lives and communities and we are delighted that our growing grants programme is doing this on a bigger scale than every before.”
Helen Bowman, Managing Director of Bright Futures commented:
"The grant we received from Clarion Futures made a huge difference to Bright Futures and our community. It allowed us to set-up a project for young women in South Shields to help them make positive choices to improve their health, wellbeing and safety. The project has gone from strength to strength and we have received further funding to continue and expand our work”.
The Clarion Futures model extends beyond financial assistance. Across the national programme, the report estimates that more than 14,500 hours of voluntary time will have been given by all involved.
Community groups interested in benefitting from a Clarion Futures grant can now apply for the next round of funding, with grants of £1,000 to £5,000 available for organisations that benefit Clarion Housing residents and the wider community. To apply, visit https://www.groundwork.org.uk/clarion-uk before 9 April.
Clarion Futures is the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group, which includes the largest housing association in the UK. Clarion Housing has more than 125,000 households across 170 local authorities. When it launched in October 2017, Clarion Futures committed to investing £150 million in communities over ten years.