Dormant funds helping boost projects for children and young people

Sandwell Council has passed cash in dormant charity funds to the Heart of England Community Foundation to help local charities to run activities for young people.

Heart of England Community Foundation has launched the Sandwell Community Grants Fund and the first grants have been made. Krunch UK and the Christian Youth & Community Service were together awarded £5,000 from the fund, and the money will be used by the groups to support Sandwell’s younger generation.

The Krunch team works with vulnerable children and young people in schools.

The team's Moving Up, Moving On project supports children who may find the transition from primary to secondary education more challenging than others.

The grant will enable Krunch to provide fun holiday provision, with focused learning and practical sessions in October half-term.

The Christian Youth & Community Service, also known as the GAP Project, will use the grants to update its second-hand IT equipment.

The funding will support the charity to buy new equipment to allow staff and volunteers to perform efficiently. The charity will also use the grant to buy an online booking system for its out of school provision. Tina Costello, CEO of Heart of England Community Foundation, is urging other councils to follow suit and help community projects within their own boundaries. She said: “It’s fantastic to be working with Sandwell Council and awarding the first-ever Sandwell Community Grants to Krunch UK and the Christian Youth and Community Service. “I’m very grateful to Sandwell Council for entrusting us with its funds and allowing us to support worthy causes in the region. “The work we’re starting with Sandwell is a great example of how councils can revitalise previously unused funds and benefit projects in their communities.” Councils across the country have been encouraged to work with local community foundations as part of an initiative from the Charity Commission. Many local authorities have inherited charitable trusts that have become dormant over many years. Sandwell Council Leader Councillor Yvonne Davies said: “Giving children and young people the best possible start in life is one of our top priorities and it’s great we have been able to free up this money to create a fund to support them.”

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