Grants of up to £20,000 available to help small charities tackle social exclusion

The VINCI UK Foundation has opened its 2022 grant scheme to tackle social exclusion and support disadvantaged communities.

Charities working to improve access to jobs, training, housing, mobility and leisure in areas of disadvantage are urged to apply for the funding by the deadline of 31 March.

On offer is grants of up to £20,000 as well as support from a VINCI staff member.

“The charities we support are typically small, local initiatives that are pillars of the community and have a truly transformational impact on people’s lives,” said VINCI UK Foundation head coordinator Ruth Ottley.

“It is our privilege and honour to contribute to their incredible work both financially and practically and help make a difference to the local areas surrounding our businesses. I would encourage any charities tackling social exclusion to think about applying.”

Charities that have previously been supported include Soundabout Inclusive Choirs, which received more than £4,000 in 2021 to buy instruments and IT equipment to help people with learning disabilities to access music.

Another is RAW Workshop in Oxfordshire which received 2019 to set up a professional grounds maintenance service to support those who face barriers finding training and work.

Since launching in 2016 the Foundation has supported 170 charities and community projects across the UK and the Republic of Ireland with grants and support worth £1.2m.

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