Fast food chain launches second round of funding for small charities

More than 25 small charities have received grants of up to £2,000 from the fast food chain KFC.

The award scheme was created by the chain’s charitable arm the KFC Foundation last September and made available to grass roots youth charities and local groups with an annual turnover of less than £300,000.

Among charities and schemes to receive awards in the first round of funding is Bolton based Youth Leads, which promotes social action and citizen journalism to increase the skills of local young people.

Himaya Haven in Birmingham has received funding to help its work preventing offending and supporting disadvantaged young people.

Another is Bristol based Community of Purpose, which offers holiday provision to children living in the south of the City.

A second round of funding for young people’s initiatives is due to open on 1 February and also available to small charities and offering grants of between £200 and £2,000.

To apply for the second round of funding charities need to submit a two-minute video about their work.

“The response we received from our first grant call was astonishing,” said KFC Foundation chair Paula MacKenzie.

“The work of grassroots organisations in providing a positive impact on the lives of young people across local communities has never been more important, especially given the challenges many are facing at the moment.”

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