Ten good causes across Hertfordshire are receiving a much-needed boost to support their vital work, after being awarded a share of £20,000 from homebuilder CALA Homes.
Tring Child Contact Centre, a place for children to meet with parents or other relatives they no longer live with, or see, after relationship breakdown, is among the organisations that will receive funding from the Community Bursary.
The Community Bursary initiative invites charities, voluntary organisations and community groups to apply for a share of funding from CALA, with more than 300 worthy causes now having received over £300,000 since CALA launched the initiative in 2016.
The scheme was paused in 2020 as a result of the March lockdown, but was re-launched earlier this year to support groups and charities in need, particularly those which have been impacted by the pandemic.
The local organisations receiving a share of the fund in Hertfordshire are:
> Tring Child Contact Centre
> The Hygiene Bank
> Headway Hertfordshire
> Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline
> Rossway Riding Centre for the Disabled
> Former Players Club Watford
> Garden House Hospice Care
> Hitchin Town Marvels Under 8 Football Team
> Spins Pre-School & Toddler Group
> Wallfields Bowls.
Duncan Jackson, Regional Managing Director, said: “The last 12 months have been particularly hard for the charity and volunteering sectors, with many seeing reduced funding at a time when local communities need their services most.
“CALA aims to make a positive and lasting contribution to the communities in which we build and that’s more important now than ever.
"We know that this year’s Bursary will mean a great deal to the charities selected and we can’t wait to follow their progress and see how the donations will make a real difference to local people.
“We would like to thank everyone who took the time to apply to the CALA Community Bursary this year and congratulate each and every one of them on the fantastic work they are doing within their communities.”