Evening Hill Grassroots Grants
What all of our fund holders have in common is a desire to create better and stronger communities. We are very proud to work with generous businesses, organisations and individuals, and be able to award £2.3 million annually to charitable projects across Cumbria.
The Evening Hill Fund was established in 2009 with a donation of £25,000 by an anonymous couple from Eden. They wanted to create a fund which benefits 16 – 25 year olds, and improves older people’s quality of life, particularly in rural areas. The fund is now worth in excess of £60,000 and has invested more than £11,000 in local charities and community groups.
Here at the Foundation, we want to foster a higher level of community empowerment through community-focused philanthropy. The donor of the Evening Hill Fund, said: “Cumbrians are very proud but sometimes both young and old need a little help to realise that local projects can improve their quality of life and, in a small way, we are hoping to achieve that by financially supporting the organisations that provide them.”
Our Place Youth Club runs twice a week and offers somewhere for young people in Ambleside and the surrounding areas to go to that is safe and fun. A grant from the Evening Hill Fund contributed to running costs. The club recently offered a group of quiet and unassuming girls the opportunity to take part in a music and dance film project.
Catherine Powloski, Youth Leader said: “The money has ensured young people have somewhere to go in a rural community. The girls have benefited from dance training and in turn this has led to higher level of self-esteem and confidence. It has been great to see them grow and blossom.”
As well as offering social activities, the Club also gives people volunteering opportunities in a youth work setting which often assists with their further education, Duke of Edinburgh awards and employment.
In addition to fund holder’s grants, the Foundation’s unrestricted funds are also used to provide more than £100,000 each year to community organisations across the county, and also contributed to the youth club.