18 charities and community groups in the South and South West of England are celebrating after receiving a share of over £44,500 project funding.
Sovereign Housing Association, working with not-for-profit digital fundraising platform The Good Exchange, gave grants between £1,000 and £5,520 to community projects that focused on health and wellbeing.
A second round of Sovereign funding opened on The Good Exchange on 1 September. Projects that support community cohesion and growth, and are located within three miles of where Sovereign has homes, are invited to apply.
All Yours Period Boxes received £1,759, which was used towards making and distributing period boxes to people who cannot afford or access sanitary products in the local area.
Caroline from All Yours Period Boxes, said: “The grant from Sovereign came just at the right time and was a lifeline when we headed into the summer holidays. We have been supporting many families whose children are not able to access period products through school over the summer break but whose period has not taken a break with them.”
Rachel Peters, community development officer at Sovereign, said: “Mental and physical wellbeing are so important to leading resilient and thriving lives, so it has been wonderful to be able to support so many projects. It’s great that we can continue to support groups in the next round of funding and are looking forward to seeing lots of great projects focusing on growing after Covid and bringing communities back together again safely.”
Julian May, head of collaborative funding for The Good Exchange, added: “Last year, every £1 awarded by Sovereign drove an additional much-needed £4.82 from donations and funding partner grants on The Good Exchange. That’s why I encourage any community, charity and voluntary groups operating within a Sovereign area that focus on community cohesion and growth to apply to its second round of funding. I’d also invite any funders who are interested in a collaborative funding approach to grant-giving to get in touch.”
Applications for the second round of funding can be submitted on Sovereign’s page on The Good Exchange from 1 September to 31 October 2021. Find out more here.