Community cash awards

Do you work for a Buckinghamshire-based charity or community group working to improve lives in their community?

Aylesbury law firm BP Collins’ charity fund is opening on 10 January 2022, via the firm’s stewardship with Heart of Bucks. The fund supports local charities and projects that are aimed at achieving positive social impact and improving lives.

Lucy Wood, BP Collins’ partner and Heart of Bucks trustee, said: ‘Times are tough and now, more than ever, these amazing charities and organisations need to be supported.

‘We look forward to meeting them over the coming weeks to see how our funding can make a difference across the county.”

The awards have three objectives which fit in with the firm’s CSR [an acronym for corporate social resonsibility] values – building stronger communities, providing better futures and helping create safer lives.

As long as the not-for-profit organisation fits one of these themes, there are no restrictions on what the funding can be used for – for example general costs, buying equipment or supporting a community project. Awards range from £500 to £3,500 and the fund is open until 31 January 2022.

Last year, local charity One Eighty received a grant of £3,000 from the BP Collins fund. Rebekah Sammut, development manager at the charity, said: ‘The funding enabled us to continue our work with young people with complex needs, including supporting their mental health and helping them re-engage with education.

‘We would really like to thank everyone at BP Collins for supporting One-Eighty – the funding has enabled us to reach more young people in Buckinghamshire and has made a huge difference to their lives.’

Previous recipients of donations, totalling £62,000, have included environmental, refugee, domestic abuse, youth and employment charities across Buckinghamshire.

For more information and to apply, visit heartofbucks.org/bpcollins-fund

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