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Can your community project or a group you know benefit from a grant?  Sporting Chances in Peterlee did, read their story below…

A local community project called Sporting Chance, based in Peterlee, was given £800 by The Children’s Foundation’s Regional Small Grants Panel to develop young people’s confidence and build on their desire to engage in their own sporting development whilst increasing fitness and normalizing body weight.

Christopher Elliott, Physical Activities Officer at Sporting Chance, Peterlee, said “The grant from The Children’s Foundation has really helped families to access the sporting chance programme through funding it’s provision. Families who do not have access to transport are often excluded from community programmes and therefore children especially can become isolated. Those children who had access to transport attended every session of the 10wk programme which shows their commitment.”

“Thanks to The Children’s Foundation Grant we have provided children with a certificate and end of programme trophy which really gave the children a sense of achievement. These trophies and certificates were presented in primary school classes and assemblies by head teachers throughout the locality of Easington. This gives an insight into how wide reaching the funding from The Children’s Foundation has been and how it has had a really positive impact on young people’s lives.”

Libby Nolan, Regional Small Grants Committee Member, added “The aim of the Regional Small Grants Panel is to help children from disadvantaged areas focussing on mental health, disability, child safety, exercise and obesity. At our next meeting in November, we will decide which local community groups can receive up to £1,000 each. We welcome applications from any group, in any community across the region. The deadline for applications is 31st October.”

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