£600k Investment for Community SpacesJune 8th 2023
Today, we are proudly announcing £600k of Asda Foundation funding for 31 local community projects to transform community spaces and places where local people can be together and thrive.
Grants awarded are between £10,000 and £25,000 and aimed at improving community spaces in local communities across the UK.
Funding can be used for renovations, repairs or transforming outdoor spaces, with projects ranging from upgrading a community kitchen and café, to roof repairs, to refurbishing a whole community building to improve accessibility, to creating an outdoor nature and sensory trail.
Nationally, community investment is at an all-time low and the challenges being faced in communities are complex and bigger than ever. It is often small, grassroots groups which become a lifeline for many, but funding is needed to ensure the vital spaces from which they operate don’t vanish from local communities and are supported to ensure these spaces are here not only for today, but for generations to come.
Alexandra Preston, Senior Manager for Asda Foundation, says: “Every community needs a safe inclusive space for people to be together and be themselves. Community spaces can be a lifeline, but we know many are in desperate need of funding to maintain, develop and repair these spaces to enable community groups to continue delivering their vital services and activities. That’s where Asda Foundation can help with funding. We want to continue playing our part in uniting communities and reducing loneliness by improving community spaces for people to be together.”
Champions Community Sport & Health CIC (pictured above) is one of the groups receiving Asda Foundation funding. They are being awarded a grant for £21,225 to transform their hut and outside space into a revitalised place for community activities.
Funding is needed to carry out building repairs and development both internally and externally to create a new, usable community space for children and young people to be together, overcome adversity and thrive.
Sam Gilmore, Project Manager said: “Thank you Asda Foundation for putting your faith in our little project and allowing us to flourish. Sport is so important to children and young people in our local community, helping to build community spirit, improving physical and mental health, creating connections and breaking down barriers. This funding will help take our support for the local community to the next level, the enhanced space will help us to provide a better-quality service and support more people from the local community, including older people.”
Congratulations to the 31 successful groups below who are receiving an Asda Foundation Investing in Spaces and Places Grant.
Be The Change Youth Project CIC
Burnmoor Cricket, Lawn Tennis and Football Club
Butterfly Effect Wellbeing
Champions Community Sport & Health CIC
Conquer Life CIC
Constantine Enterprises Company
Countryside Enterprises CIC
Creative Starts Arts in Health CIC
Crossroads Community Hub
Elliott Hall for Youth and Community
Furness Broadcast Media Ltd
G20 Works CIC
Grounded Manchester CIC
Lancaster Methodist Church
North Cove & Barnby Playing Field
Pelsall Community Association
Sheppey Sea Cadets Corps
Spark Community Space
St Aidan's Parochial Church Council
St Matthew's Gaelic Athletic Club
Taffs Well Village Hall
Thanet Countryside Trust Fund
The Iris Arts Ayr CIC
The Roseland Centre
The Uxbridge Centre
The Wonky Garden
Trafford Veterans CIC
West Wellbeing Suicide Prevention
Whitstable Umbrella Centre
Woodgate Valley Urban Farm