We’re thrilled to announce the release of our biggest round of funding to date with 28 local charities and community groups awarded grants totalling £374,646.
As a Community Interest Company (CIC) responsible for the delivery of health and social care services across Essex and East Anglia and beyond, Provide Community reinvests its profits to benefit the communities it serves.
Each year, we work in partnership with the Essex Community Foundation (ECF) to shortlist charities and voluntary sector organisations that have applied for support, before turning to our members to vote for their preferred recipients and decide on how our company’s surpluses should be distributed.
This year, the successful funding applicants include homeless charities CHESS in Chelmsford and Beacon House in Colchester, Essex Blind Charity, Farleigh Hospice caring for terminally ill patients in mid Essex, Headway Essex supporting individuals with an acquired brain injury, CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse) and the Laughter Specialists, entertaining severely ill children.
Many have been awarded grants of over £15,000 each, with some reaching as much as £20,000.
Last year, a total of £103,012 was awarded to 16 charities through this initiative. With a goal to increase this year-on-year, we have more than trebled our community funding in 2022, taking the total amount of grant and match funding to more than £3.5 million in the last ten years.
Mark Heasman, Group Chief Executive of Provide Community, explained how investing in local communities is an important part of our company ethos:
“This year’s funding provision is a fantastic achievement for the business, supporting our vision to transform lives through care, innovation and compassion.
“Everyone at Provide makes a difference to the communities within which we operate and crucially has a say in how we do this. We all care about making a long-lasting impact on those we work for and our strategic grants enable us to extend our support beyond the services we deliver.”
We would like to thank everyone who took part in the voting process. With so many worthy causes, it can be a tough decision to make, but with such an extraordinary level of grant-funding available this year, we are delighted to extend our support and touch even more lives within our communities.
The full list of charities and voluntary groups that have been awarded grants can be found below. Keep an eye on our news page for updates on how each of them will be using the funding.
Full list of charities and grants awarded
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