Case studies - grants

The Foundation gives grants across the whole spectrum of community groups throughout the county. All groups funded by the Foundation are shown here: supported groups

Children & Young People.

The Foundation funded a residential weekend attanded by 16 teenagers who self harm. The project helped them discuss their issues with professionals and with their peers. The art created by the the children has been exhibited nationally.

The level of self harm carried out reduced considerably following this event with a consequent benfit to the children, their families, education, social and health services..

Support for the Elderly.

A project that supports those with chronic illnesses to meet to discuss health related issues and to socialise with one another. Often, the elderly are particularly isolated both socially and geographically.

Asperger Bedfordshire

This group supports the parents of children with Asperger’s Syndrome, a particularly acute form of autism. When we were approached by them, they had some 30 members and were meeting in each other’s houses for chats and self support. After a £750 grant they were able to hire a venue, print leaflets, arrange an advert and encourage speakers to attend to offer advice and information to parents. Within six months, the group was receiving 30 calls a month from new parents and now has a membership in the region of 300.

Friends of Luton Youth Music

This is a support group for the work of Luton Youth Music which runs a wide range of events throughout the year for local young musicians. They are not a registered charity, but we made a grant to them at the request of a donor who wished to make best use of tax breaks available to charities. He donated a sum of shares which we sold for in the region of £3,600, passing this on to the group. In return, as we are a registered charity, the donor was able to claim 40% income tax relief and also capital gains tax relief, making this an extremely cost effective way of giving.

Noah Enterprises

We were approached by a business which wanted to support a local charity in a project that was Christmas orientated. Noah Enterprises offer support to local homeless people, including social care, counselling, medical and dental care, clothing and the offering of work skills and opportunities. At our suggestion, the donor made a grant of £1,400 which paid for the centre to be open all over Christmas, providing food, welfare and gifts to some 75 homeless people.

Headway South Bedfordshire

The Headway project supports people throughout Luton and South Bedfordshire who have an acquired brain injury (e.g. through a road accident or illness). Its aim is to enable its members to live as independently as possible by providing support and training. A grant of £1,400 was made so that the members could attend a weekly sports therapy session for a year as such work improves co-ordination and muscle tone – reducing the effect of their disability.

Stuart Memorial Hall

This is a small hall based in the village of Tempsford which is used by local residents for a range of activities. It had been identified that the nearest indoor sporting facility was some 12 miles away and that this meant such activities were unavailable to local young people and others without their own transport. The Foundation provided a small grant of £357 so that the management committee could buy some badminton nets, racquets and shuttlecocks. This has led to the creation of extra sporting activities for local people and the venue has seen its use increase.

Safer Luton Partnership

A £40,000 grant has been provided to enable this group to improve the security in 500 homes in the Dallow ward of Luton. This was used to leverage a further £10,000 from the Home Office. The work involves adding better locks, alley gates, security lights, window locks etc. to the houses of those in greatest need. There are links between low income and high numbers of burglaries, as poor security is an attraction for those involved in drug related crime. The result is expected to be a reduction in burglaries and in the workload for social services (who are called on to offer support - as the majority of households being helped are on benefits and cannot afford insurance) and an increase in the feeling of safety and security.