The Stoke on Trent Community Fund is one of 9 ‘community funds’ established by The Community Foundation for Staffordshire. We aim to raise £500,000 to enable a minimum of £25,000 of grants to be given to Stoke on Trent’s community and voluntary groups every year; the youth clubs, the elderly social groups, the amateur sports teams, the dance troupes, all the groups that do so much good for the city.
Although the fund is yet to receive a full launch, we have already secured donations to the fund totaling more than £30,000. We hope to have a full public launch of the fund in Autumn 2017, with the first grants awarded in June 2018.
Every year hundreds of voluntary groups provide thousands of hours service to Stoke on Trent. They help to keep the kids off the streets, they provide social contact and enjoyment for isolated members of society, they teach children new skills, they tackle disadvantage that statutory bodies can not.
All the money raised will be placed into an Endowment Fund, and the money will be invested according to Charity Commission guidelines, with the interest and dividends used to provide grants to the borough’s voluntary and community groups. Using 5% as a guideline it means that each year, and every year, we will be able to give away grants to the city totaling £25,000 and because of the way the fund is invested, this amount should increase year on year – forever.
Companies and individuals are welcome to donate or fund-raise for the fund, and every year we plan many fundraising events, all of which seek to involve the wider community – so its not just about raising money to benefit people in Stoke on Trent, it’s about bringing people together to have a bit of fun whilst we’re doing it.
The Community Foundation is an expert grant maker and philanthropic management organisation, that specialises in high impact local giving. However, it is important to maintain a local influence and so a panel of ‘Donor Advisors’ is being established to ensure that any decisions about the fund are made with a local input and influence. They will help to raise funds and make decisions on who should benefit from the grants.
This panel of donor advisors will be drawn from the local community, and will include people from the private and public sectors. We are already establishing a local panel, but if you feel you have something that you could contribute to this fund and would like to join the panel of donor advisors please get in touch.
How To Support the Stoke on Trent Community Fund
Support for the fund usually comes in one of four ways; organising events, making the fund the ‘Charity of Choice’, making a donation or leaving a legacy.
Organising Events & Charity of Choice
Many people and businesses plan to make the fund the beneficiary of an event and this is a really good way of getting involved. Not only can you run your own event, but you can benefit from the publicity and awareness that we can bring. We can meet with you beforehand and answer any questions you may have. What’s more, you can tell all of your participants that all the money raised will be going to make a difference locally.
Making A Donation
To donate by cheque
Please make all cheques payable to ‘The Community Foundation for Staffordshire’ and write ‘Stoke on Trent Community Fund’ on the back and then send to;
The Community Foundation for Staffordshire, Communications House, University Court, Staffordshire Technology Park, Stafford ST18 0ES
To leave a legacy
More and more people are now choosing to leave a legacy to a charity of their choice. For more information on leaving a legacy to the Stoke on Trent Community Fund please see the dedicated section on legacies here, or call us on 01785 339540.