Blind support club receives cash boost

PUBLISHED: 14:27 25 December 2009 | UPDATED: 07:29 30 May 2010

THE Dunmow Blind and Housebound Social Club is one of the latest local charities who have benefited from £15million awarded by the local charitable grant making trust, Essex Community Foundation. This latest milestone, achieved since the Foundation was se

THE Dunmow Blind and Housebound Social Club is one of the latest local charities who have benefited from £15million awarded by the local charitable grant making trust, Essex Community Foundation.

This latest milestone, achieved since the Foundation was set up in 1996, makes the Foundation the largest independent funder of local community projects in Essex. Nearly 4000 projects run by local voluntary and community groups have received funding over the last 13 years.

The milestone was achieved as the Foundation held its annual general meeting announcing that it has awarded more grants in 2008/09 than in any other single year. In total 557 projects were funded last year, with grant awards averaging under £4000. A wide range of social and community issues were funded with voluntary and community groups of all sizes demonstrating how they would improve the quality of life of local people.

Last year £2.7million was awarded from funds managed by Essex Community Foundation on behalf of local families, companies and public agencies.

"We are increasingly being seen as an effective and efficient way for local people and public agencies to channel their support to local charities," said Laura Warren, the Foundation's chief executive. "Last year 181 projects were funded from more than one source, made possible by our one-stop application form accessing the 50 funds that we currently manage."

The Dunmow Blind and Housebound Social Club provides social activities and support to people who are blind or visually impaired. The Club received £1,490 to cover entertainment and transport costs, day centre hire, expenses, Christmas lunches and a summer outing.

For more information about the Grassroots Grants Programme and other funding available through the Foundation,, please visit www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk or call the grants team on 01245 356018.

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