The Grassroots Endowment Challenge for Greater Manchester is an exciting opportunity to double the impact of charitable giving that strengthens your local community. £2.2 million is available here in Greater Manchester to offer in match funding for donors wanting to encourage and fund the long term growth of local small charities and voluntary organisations – organisations which provide really effective support to people in need, such as friendship clubs for older people, support groups for people with disabilities and positive activities for young people. Between 2008 and 2011, because of a special government incentive, every £1 that you give will be matched by a special government incentive so that it is worth £2.56 . If you are a higher rate tax payer you may claim tax relief so the gift only costs you 75p – more than doubling your impact.
It ran from 1:00 PM, 22 January 2009 to 1:30 PM, 2 May 2010
We are firmly rooted in the local community and experts in supporting local organisations. We ensure that the grants that are made are relevant to local needs, with all kinds of additional benefits to tackle the issues that really make a difference to local deprivation. DIDSBURY ARTS COLLECTIVE Young people in Didsbury have been given the opportunity to make an educational film about the affects of substance misuse after an award of £4,600.00 from local grant maker the Community Foundation. The Didsbury Arts Collective is run by and for young people. The project aims to engage with the most disadvantaged youths in the area. It will illustrate the stark reality of drugs by creating a documentary film showing interviews and ways to discourage use. Johanna Mather, a local school teacher, comments: “Drug misuse is an issue that faces most people at some time in today's society and the making of films made by and for young people to get the message across about the dangers is very worthwhile”. Who have we been helping? Delph Brass Band The film ‘Brassed Off’ got people talking, but its Oldham’s very own Delph Brass Band that is making the real music happen thanks to a grant of almost £3,000 from local grant maker the Community Foundation. Established in 1850, the group encourage both young and old living in this rural area to get involved in music and performance. They have been awarded a grant of £2,916.70 to buy a set of brand new uniforms to match their sparkling instruments. Philip Shaw from Delph Brass Band comments: “It is fantastic to receive this grant as this kind of equipment is so expensive. We perform many times in one year, and looking the part is essential to the cohesion of the band, and really helps reflect the quality of our performances”. Any donations that are made, together with the match funding, are invested in a grassroots endowment fund and invested effectively for the long term benefit of local people. Every year your gift will be part of a fund that contributes to helping local people and, in that sense, it is a gift that keeps on giving.
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