15 community groups benefit from their share of £20k

15 community groups benefit from their share of £20k Image

We have successfully awarded 15 groups a total of £20,000, after launching our community grants initiative in January 2021.

For the last ten years we have operated the scheme, with more than 100 groups being supported so far, and in total more than £100,000 donated.

This year Ashbridge Roofing matched our total of £10,000, meaning even more was up for grabs.

Groups based in an area in which we tenants were asked to apply for up to £2,000 each and submit a short video explaining how they’d spend the money. In total 17 applications were received from across the region.

Successful groups include We are with you, Warley Road Community Group, Broughton Scout Group, Keadby Juniors Football Club, Riddings ABC, Dale Park Football Club, Changing Lives Through Changing Minds, Bottesford Town Football Club, Crowle boxing club, Starlight Arts, Appleby Frodingham Swim Club, Longfield Farm CIC, Kimberley Performing Arts, HALMA and Gooch Judo Kwai.

James Leach, a coach at Dale Park FC commented: “The grants are an excellent opportunity for groups to purchase much needed equipment. We will be spending the money on floodlights so we can train all year round.

“Ongo are really stepping up to support communities at a time when donations and sponsorship are hard to come by following COVID, and the current increases in costs of living too.”

Kim, founder of Kimberley Performing Arts Centre said: “We have been awarded a huge £1,000, which will go towards portable equipment.

“We teach people from two, to over 80 years of age, and are so proud to be one of many fantastic community groups in the area.”

Stephen Altoft, Coach at Bottesford Town FC commented: “We were lucky enough to receive a grant of £750. This will massively help to launch a new team for those living with Down Syndrome.

“We’re delighted to be able to offer this, as our club is for everyone to enjoy and by creating initiatives like this, we can welcome more people. A big thanks to Ongo for their help.”

Kerry Copson, Community Development Manager at Ongo said: “It has again been another hugely successful round of community grants and I feel so very fortunate that we’ve been able to help so many.

“These groups are what make our neighbourhoods a better place to live, they develop our children, bring people together and provide the support that many are in need of.

“I am delighted to announce that we will again be launching the scheme in 2023, so keep an eye out for that.”