B&Q has recently established a new grant-making Foundation, with grants of up to £5,000 available for local charities across UK the are supporting people experiencing bad housing or homelessness, as well as community projects looking to improve their spaces.
The B&Q Foundation launched with an initial budget of £500,000. The budget was primarily raised through the sale of facemasks at B&Q stores.
The Foundation has already awarded its first grants and is now calling for charities to apply now for the next round of funding, which will be awarded before the end of the year (please note that registration is required in the first instance).
Grants totalling £163,000 was awarded in the first round of grants to 39 charities across the UK, ranging from homelessness and abuse charities, to children’s hospices and rehabilitation centres. The grants will be used for projects including:
o Converting rooms at hostels to additional bedrooms.
o Creating community gardens, redecorating properties, and
o Redecorating properties.
Catherine Burge, Transformation Director, B&Q and Chair, B&Q Foundation, said:
“The B&Q Foundation was born out of a belief that anyone can improve where they live to make life better. We are committed to helping charities transform the environment around their clients, to have a positive impact on their physical and mental health. This year has been difficult for so many in different ways, with charities suffering the double whammy of falling donations and increased need for their services. It felt the right time to launch the Foundation and we look forward to supporting more charities and communities over the months and years to come.”
Further information about the B&Q Foundation and how to apply for a grant is available on the Neighbourly.com website.
Source: UK Fundraising