Newbury Town Council has awarded £14,635 to 17 local charities to support them in their work for the community in Newbury.

The projects to benefit include the Newbury Lockdown Wood promoted by Newbury Friends of the Earth, Eight Bells programme post Lockdown, making the restaurant at Fair Close Day Centre Covid-secure and the ongoing youth work at the Nightingales Estate (Community Youth Project). All of the projects are registered on The Good Exchange, where the Council’s contribution will be match funded and the full list of grants awarded is shown below.

Cllr Martin Colston, Leader of the Council, said, “The Council is very pleased to support all of these projects, which all benefit our community. Many of the charities are working to help the more vulnerable and at-risk people who are facing even more serious challenges because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

We still have £5,600 in grant funds remaining, some of which are available to any person or organisation working to help our community through the Covid crisis and the balance will be distributed at our next Grants Subcommittee meeting in January 2021. Any projects benefitting the residents of Newbury and which are registered on The Good exchange between now and the closing date in January will be considered for Grant Aid. We would also like to acknowledge the great work of the Good Exchange which provides the funding and fundraising platform and Greenham Trust which provides match funding for all of these grants.

Organisation Project
Newbury Friends of the Earth Newbury Lockdown Wood
Eight bells for mental Health Revive and reconnect after Lockdown
Fair Close centre Covid-secure restaurant appeal
Community Youth Project Youth work at the Nightingales Estate
Berkshire Women’s Aid Local frontline support for victims of domestic abuse
Home-Start West Berkshire Maternal mental health project
The Engine Shed Branching out with The Engine Shed
Free Legal Advice Group for domestic violence Supporting those experiencing domestic abuse through COVID-19
iCollege Music Live!
Newbury Soup Kitchen Moving costs and running costs of new operations centre
Speenhamland Primary School PTA Artificial grass running track
Newbury Velo Cycling Club Tandem bikes for cycling for visually impaired, hearing impaired, injured or disabled people
Recovery in Mind Recovery in Mind course costs 2020-21
Young People and Children First Providing a home and support for young people
The Corn Exchange Newbury West Berkshire Youth Theatre 2020 unlocked and unbolted
Kennet & Avon Canal Trust Newbury waterways Festival 2021
Mary Hare Foundation Equipment for deaf children required due to the impact of Covid-19
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