128 groups to benefit from £1m community giveaway

By Jessica Durston - 31 August 2021

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£4,000 of the giveaway fund is being distributed across Swindon, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire.

  • Jamie's Farm, a charity in Wiltshire that supports disadvantaged young people at risk of academic and social exclusion, received a £1,000 Building Futures donation from Persimmon Homes Wessex.

    Jamie's Farm, a charity in Wiltshire that supports disadvantaged young people at risk of academic and social exclusion, received a £1,000 Building Futures donation from Persimmon Homes Wessex.

The first £128,000 of a £1million community giveaway has been distributed to groups supporting young people across Britain.

The Persimmon Homes Building Futures funding was awarded to 128 different organisations, with applications received across England, Wales and Scotland.

The initiative aims to support community groups working with under-18s across three categories – education & arts, health and sport.

Over the summer Persimmon Homes Wessex made awards to Swindon & District Canoe Club, Jamie’s Farm, Swindon Advocacy Movement and Harwell and Hendred Youth FC to improve local facilities and the delivery of vital community projects.

Persimmon is now selecting its Building Futures finalists which will have a chance to win up to £100,000 later this year.  

Julian Roper, Managing Director for Persimmon Homes Wessex, said: “The number of applications we’ve received to Building Futures has been really encouraging and it’s been great to see so many projects getting involved.

“Obviously the last 18 months or so has been really difficult for local charities and youth clubs so it gives us great pleasure to be able to help. Narrowing down the shortlist to just nine organisations is going to be a tough task but I’m confident our region has a great chance of winning one of the top prizes.”

Building Futures is delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation in partnership with Team GB, the British Olympic Association. All the eligible applications received will be considered for shortlisting into the second phase of the competition, where three initiatives will go on to win £100,000 each through a national online public vote.

In each sector – education & arts, health and sport – 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.

In addition to Building Futures, Persimmon Homes Wessex says it makes two donations every month of up to £1,000 through its Community Champions scheme.

The UK housebuilder said it has already supported thousands of community groups and charities and will continue to help hundreds more local good causes in 2021.

Applications can be made at www.persimmonhomes.com/community-champions

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