Local charities across the Thames Valley have received almost £5 million from four community foundations following a record-breaking year. Berkshire, Heart of Bucks, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire Community Foundations are celebrating this great achievement, with Berkshire and Oxfordshire each granting over £1 million for the first time in their histories.
The funding is a lifeline to grassroots charitable organisations to help them to tackle problems across the Thames Valley.
The region is considered to be well off however there are areas of deprivation throughout. Community foundations are working hard to make sure that nobody gets left behind.
The four foundations each cover their own specific region. Between them, over 650 charities were supported in 2017–18. With grants totalling £4,875,000, promoting better mental health, reducing loneliness and alleviating poverty.
Thames Valley community foundations have worked together on several projects. In 2017 they collectively, with the Thames Valley Police’s proceeds of crime fund, gave over £115,000 to fund projects across the region.