One Billion Pounds into Local Communities


Thanks a billion!

Local charities make up the lifeblood of our communities. They make a daily difference to millions of people. That’s why Community Foundations are proud to announce, on Local Charities Day, that collectively they have distributed ONE BILLION POUNDS to local charities.

This milestone shows the impact that Community Foundations across the UK have had on local communities. In the last year alone your local Community Foundation in Devon, distributed £767,584 in grants helping over 400,000 people across the county.

Martha Wilkinson, Chief Executive of Devon Community Foundation said, “Here in Devon, we’re delighted to have distributed over £11.5 million to more than 3,600 voluntary, community and social enterprises since we began. This support makes a difference to thousands of people in need each and every year thanks to generous contributions from individuals, families and local businesses, who want to make their communities even better places to live.

From floods to fuel poverty to food banks, we support communities where they need it the most. As a network we are able to reach every postcode in the UK at a grassroots level which means that we support the very smallest charities and community groups, who often go unnoticed by many. But it’s these charities that are a lifeline for so many people and desperately need our support. Take for example, our Surviving Winter campaign, which gives grants to local charities to help them help older people like Vernon get through the winter.”

Vernon is in his late 70s and has suffered numerous strokes which over the years have left him with many physical and cognitive challenges. Thankfully the Young at Heart Club in his local village has supported Vernon by offering activities and socialising opportunities in a safe environment, which have helped him to relearn some skills and build his confidence. Volunteer drivers are able to transport vulnerable people like Vernon to the club. They offer a regular warm meal as well as helping to reduce isolation and keep people safe and well.

Vernon and so many others like him, up and down the county, rely on help from Devon Community Foundation. And not just at winter time. Be it providing funding for a school breakfast club so that local children can have at least one hot meal a day or giving a grant to an organisation that supports people into training or employment, Community Foundations are there to help.

Fabian French, Chief Executive of UK Community Foundations, said “At UK Community Foundations we’re proud to work with incredible local charities day in day out. We understand the needs of the communities we work in and direct grants to causes that will meet that need and will make the biggest difference. That’s why we passionately support Local Charities Day and why Community Foundations are what the Chair of the Charity Commission says ‘exactly what charities should be’.”

Support your local Community Foundation and help us reach two billion pounds so we can continue to support local communities.