About The Staffordshire Community Foundation.
The Staffordshire Community Foundation is an independent charity dedicated to strengthening local communities and tackling issues of disadvantage and exclusion through the building of permanent endowments and the allocation of grants. The Staffordshire Community Foundation is one of nearly 60 Community Foundations throughout the United Kingdom. We are affiliated to the Community Foundation Network which promotes closer working and opportunities for all Community Foundations and work closely with the Community Development Foundation, an organisation that oversees national grants schemes laid out by various charitable bodies and the government.
Every county in England has a community foundation, (our neighbouring county of Cheshire was the only county without a Community Foundation, but this is currently being established), and there are national community foundations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and a national Community Foundation for the Republic of Ireland.
The Staffordshire Community Foundation began in 2001 and built up a small sum of endowment funds. In 2008 our partnership with VAST, the CVS for Stoke on Trent, began with the launch of the Grassroots scheme. By April of 2011 we had nearly £3m in endowment funds.
As we are locally based we understand our local community. We identify local needs and mobilise local resources. We aim to work closely with all CVS services across the county and with local authorities, for the betterment of the county, whilst remaining non-political.
Our board of Trustees are drawn from across the county and have a wide variety of backgrounds and experience, from banking and finance to business to work in the voluntary sector. This means we are able to represent and understand the views of different sections of our county.
We also distribute grants on behalf of Government, national charities such as Comic Relief and public organisations, as well as private donors and smaller endowment funds. We have comprehensive grant-making policies and procedures, combined with extensive knowledge and understanding of the local community and its needs, therefore ensuring grants are targeted responsibility and carefully.
In 2010 the Staffordshire Community Foundation achieved ‘Quality Accreditation Mark II’ status with the Community Foundation Network to standards endorsed by the Charity Commission. This status is awarded to Foundations with a clear and transparent method of working, and governing documents and policies that reach a certain standard. In addition, one of our trustees is a member of the national board for the Community Foundation Network.