Colchester Borough Homes announces Round 2 Community Fund Winners

Colchester Borough Homes (CBH) has announced the successful applicants for the second round of its Community Initiative Fund.
Twelve community groups, including four local children’s charities, are set to benefit from the latest round of CBH’s £40,000 Community Fund. 
Judges, made up of a three-person panel of engaged customers from CBH’s Resident Voice, helped score each application and assess how their services and projects would benefit not only tenants but all residents in Colchester. Applicants must demonstrate how their services and projects can offer support to CBH’s tenants and leaseholders with the cost-of-living crisis.
Among the latest Community Fund recipients are Colchester Credit Union, Berechurch Youth Club, and the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation. 
The CBH Community Fund supports the local community by making small grants and awards to local charities and community groups in Colchester. The total awarded to the latest Round 2 winners was £10,150. 
Groups can apply for funding throughout the year and the awards take place at regular intervals. 
Colchester Borough Homes’ Chief Executive, Philip Sullivan, said: “I am once again delighted that we can support local organisations and residents by providing funding to enable some extremely worthwhile work to be completed, especially when so many people are struggling with the cost-of-living crisis.
“The Community Fund supports the values of Colchester Borough Homes, showing our commitment to bringing communities together.” 
The Round 2 Community Fund winners are: 
Children’s Safety Education: £1,000 – to provide children with the knowledge and understanding to make informed decisions in key areas of risk and danger.
Re-Focus Community Group: £750 – to provide free craft and activity packs to children and families.
Berechurch Youth Club: £500 – to ensure a continuous youth club in Monkwick and Berechurch following the pandemic.
Sure Foundation Ministries: £500 – to provide free tailored mathematics tutoring and support for young people based in and around Monkwick.
Shoebox Celebration Appeal: £500 – to provide boxes of happiness to those that need to widen their smile.
Tots 2 Teens: £1,500 – to provide baby clothes and other essentials to families with very young children.
The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation: £2,000 – to provide grants for care support packages, which include help with travel expenses to and from hospital for treatment, help with energy bills.
St Andrews Stay & Play: £350 – to continue hiring a safe space for parents/carers to bring their pre-school children to play, interact and where the adults connect.
Brooklands Under-12’s football Club: £500 – to provide new home and away kit.
Open Road Visions: £250 – to support service users during the economic crisis and help them with travel costs.
Anti Loo Roll Brigade: £1,500 – to cover costs of supporting the community in Colchester.
Colchester Credit Union: £1,000 – To provide an incentive to start saving with the Colchester Credit Union based in Greenstead, by match-funding initial savings deposits from CBH tenants and leaseholders up to £20 per new saver.
Round 2 total: £10,150
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