Exciting news! We’ve just received two grants totalling £11,500 to help keep the centre going during lockdown.
We’ve been awarded £9,999 from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.
Western Power has given us £1,500 after asking MP’s to nominate a charity or organisation within their constituency that is supporting the community throughout the pandemic and would benefit from a grant.
Steve Hudson, chair of the Beacon Centre trustees said: “On behalf of the Charity Trustees, management staff and our team of fantastic volunteers , I want to say a huge thank you for these very generous and kind grant awards. These grants will continue to help and support the running of the Beacon Centre and our work in the local community in these very challenging times. We really do appreciate being recognised in this way and we are very grateful for this valuable support.”
The centre has re-opened for limited activities, including cooking hot meals for local people, limited youth work, the Exeter Wellbeing Group has re-started on Mondays. On Friday mornings the Exeter Food Bank is open here, 10am-12noon and at 10am an informal community walk starts off from outside our front door – in groups of six.
Western Power is the local electricity distribution company for the area and wanted to support the communities and grass root organisations helping those directly affected by the pandemic. At the start of the lockdown Western Power opened the In This Together – Community Matters fund and invited applications from charities, community groups, parish councils and local authorities to apply for grants to help those directly affected by the pandemic.
The first round of funding saw £500,000 of funding granted to 300 organisations who applied. The business wanted to help further and has opened a second round of funding, asking each MP within WPD’s geographic footprint to nominate a charity or organisation within their constituency that is supporting the community throughout the pandemic and would benefit from a grant.