Last chance for youth groups to grab slice of £1m giveaway

By Swindon Link - 24 May 2019


Time is running out on the chance to apply for cash from a leading housebuilder and be in with a chance of scooping the £100,000 top prize.

Persimmon Homes launched its Building Futures initiative in May to support community youth projects across three categories: sports, education & arts, and health.

Over the last three months, Persimmon Homes Wessex has selected winners from each category and given away £1,000 to Mabel Prichard School (education & arts), Swindon Children’s Scrapstore (sport) and Joss Searchlight (health).

There is now just one week left to submit an entry and be considered as a monthly winner or a finalist vying for the big prize.

Pauline Fletcher, sales and marketing director for Persimmon Homes Wessex, said: “The quality and variety of applicants for this funding scheme has been fantastic, and we have been absolutely overwhelmed by the response.

"But the closing date for entries is midnight on 31 May so I would urge anyone thinking of applying not to leave it any longer.”

Mabel Prichard School caters for children with severe profound and multiple learning disabilities and plans to use the £1,000 to develop a music therapy session for pupils.

For Joss Searchlight, the donation will help the charity to develop a project to provide interactive training tools for schools that uses teaching methods to ensure participants develop confidence, skills and strategies to support children and with cancer, and their families


The Swindon Children’s Scrapstore is a registered charity and community resource centre that promotes re-use as a means of protecting the environment. Its latest project is called Scrappers boxing gym and community centre. The charity has ambitious plans to expand the services offered and enable more children to participate in sport.

Building Futures is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation and is aimed at community projects for people aged under 18, targeting grassroots sports groups, charities dealing with physical and mental health issues or awareness, as well as community arts and education projects.

Monthly grants of £1,000 will be awarded across Persimmon’s 32 regional businesses to improve facilities and the delivery of vital grassroots community projects.

In addition to the £1,000 monthly awards, three initiatives will go on to win £100,000 each through a national award scheme voted on by the public. The overall winners will be named at a gala dinner for finalists in October.

In each sector – sport, education & arts, and health – as well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

Persimmon Homes is an official partner of Team GB as it prepares for Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

To find out more about or to apply Building Futures visit

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