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MK Gallery

April 2016 | Awarded: £5,000

To support MK Gallery to deliver MK Young Filmmaker of the Year, which celebrates the creative talents of children and young people from across MK. The year-long programme included engagement assemblies, filmmaking workshops, school sessions, engagement events with families, a summer school, community based screenings and mentoring for the winners.

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The Play's The Thing Theatre Company

April 2016 | Awarded: £1,500

To support the One Act Play Festival, which featured the work of four new playwrights, three of whom were women, as there a gender gap in this area of theatre and the group wish to address this. Young people from the YMCA assisted with front of house.

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Milton Keynes Festival Fringe CIC

April 2016 | Awarded: £10,000

To support a fringe art festival programme of 49 events for MK’s 49th anniversary, that ran alongside Milton Keynes International Festival. The programme was extremely diverse. There were over 30 applications and many of these were from professional artists and companies.

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April 2016 | Awarded: £25,000

To support the Resident Activity Manager post for a year from September 2016. It has provided activities for residents to engage in, which include a variety of sports, cooking, budgeting, DIY, drama, online learning, and a job club. It helps residents develop confidence and motivation.

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Young Enterprise

April 2016 | Awarded: £5,000

To support volunteer training to deliver the 'Learn to Earn' programme, which aids in life planning and employability skills of students in MK. The project was for Milton Keynes Academy and Sir Herbert Leon Academy, who have a number of students from deprived areas and lack parental support.

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Great Holm Group Riding for the Disabled

April 2016 | Awarded: £540

To support a holiday for three disabled riders in Milton Keynes, at the Clwyd Special Riding Centre in Wales, which is especially adapted for disabled riders, to allow them to be as independent as possible while they ride and look after horses, as well as allow them respite from daily ...

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MK Act

April 2016 | Awarded: £3,000

To support a training course for workers to allow them to deliver the “First Steps to Freedom.” The programme will help vulnerable women access support and information around domestic abuse and its effects on themselves and children.

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Somali Outreach Project

April 2016 | Awarded: £4,980

To support a Youth Worker, to educate and engage with Somali youths who are at risk of committing a crime and renting premises to have meetings, so that the young people can socialise with each other, with the Youth Worker present.

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MK Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Group

April 2016 | Awarded: £1,500

To maintain the therapy service while the contracted therapists took annual leave, in order to make the service as accessible as possible. When all of the therapists are working, they provide an average of 84 hours of therapy per week.

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Tracing the Pathway

April 2016 | Awarded: £4,048

To support the extension and development of the 2015 pilot Site Artist research scheme, in which local and outside artists research MK over a period of 10 days in order to create performance work inspired by MK culture and history and run workshops connecting local artists.

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Milton Keynes & District Cricket Association

April 2016 | Awarded: £1,500

To support the delivery of table cricket coaching to disabled and able bodied children in 4 Milton Keynes schools and MK Snap for adults. Groups ran their own warm up sessions with individuals taking a lead. Many made great improvements over the coaching period.

Milton Keynes Reader Service

April 2016 | Awarded: £5,000

To fund a new Braille machine to cut down on costs from using an external transcript company. MK Readers service needed a new embosser as their previous one broke beyond repair in April 2015. They offer a free brailing service in Milton Keynes.

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