Grassroots initiatives including boat racing, bowls and cricket clubs, a mentoring scheme for young people and the YMCA community café are just some of the local projects to have received financial support from Milton Keynes Council this year.
The funding is from the MK 2050 Community Capacity Fund, which the Council launched in 2019 with an initial contribution of £150,000, and it adds £50,000 each year. It’s run with MK Community Foundation who distribute the funds on the Council’s behalf to MK’s voluntary and community sector.
Over the last year the Council’s MK 2050 Community Capacity Fund has shared more than £43,000 among 21 groups to help deliver a range of projects, including:
Secklow Hundred Dragon Boat Racing Club to complete a boatyard extension.
MK Rose, MK Cenotaph Trust to engrave two new pillars.
The Middleton Centre to repair and improve facilities.
Wolverton Town Cricket Club to install a new electronic scoreboard.
The Quarries Scout Camp Site to create a wildlife and conservation learning area.
Lavendon Village Hall to repair the ceiling.
MK Christian Centre to create a new sensory zone for those with additional educational needs.
Ride High to fund a six-week programme for children.
Harry’s Rainbow Charitable Trust to fund support groups.
Swallowfield School Parents, Teachers and Friends Association to put on community engagement events.
The Coroners Court Support Service to support families and witnesses.
Wolverton Park Bowls Club to refurbish the bowls green.
MK Melting Pot for an education and awareness programme for families.
MK Centre for Integrated Living to purchase new IT equipment.
ASTRA Community Projects to build an accessible kitchen.
Prison Fellowship so a child can receive a gift from a family member.
African Diaspora Foundation to deliver a dance and fashion project.
Winter Night Shelter to provide winter kits for rough sleepers.
Fresh Inspiration to deliver a mentoring programme for young people.
MK Christian Foundation (YMCA community café) to help relaunch the Homeground Café at the YMCA.
The Mix to provide mental health support.
Cllr Robin Bradburn, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy, Recovery and Renewal said: “We’re delighted to see the real-life impact that MK Council’s funding has made to grassroots projects and initiatives in Milton Keynes over the last year. We launched the MK 2050 Community Capacity Fund to make it easier for groups and organisations in MK to apply for financial support from the Council through one single point, and we’re pleased to see our partnership with MK Community Foundation prove to be a really effective way of doing that.”
Ian Revell, Chief Executive of MK Community Foundation said: “It’s both humbling and exciting to see the positive impact philanthropy has had on the local projects to have received funding through MK Council’s MK 2050 Community Capacity Fund. The city’s voluntary and community sector does vital work and we look forward to distributing more financial support on behalf of the council through this fund in the months and years ahead.”
Applications to the MK 2050 Community Capacity Fund can be made online via the MK Community Foundation website by clicking here.