The Buckinghamshire Community Foundation has received a cash boost of £15,000 to help community and charitable groups across Aylesbury Vale.
The one-off donation, awarded by Aylesbury Vale District Council, will go towards a new community fund to support voluntary projects in the district.
It will provide a long-term source of funding for community and charitable groups and will gather donations from people wishing to top it up.
Councillor Pam Pearce, cabinet member for community matters, said: “We are really enthusiastic about contributing the monies to this community-focussed fund for Aylesbury Vale.
“The money available is going to be invested well, funding will be released to just causes within our communities, and that will, hopefully, reap benefits to our residents, now and for years to come.”
The Buckinghamshire Community Foundation has a track record of grant giving in the county, and administers its own endowment fund as well as national funding. However, the new community fund will be geographically restricted, applicants will not be subject to competition from other, more deprived areas of the county, or by the criteria imposed by national funding schemes.
Hilary Vickers, community philanthropy manager at Buckinghamshire Community Foundation, said: “This new fund will provide a fantastic opportunity for local people who wish to see their charitable donations make a big difference in their own communities in Aylesbury Vale.
“Buckinghamshire Community Foundation is delighted that AVDC has recognised the benefits offered by the fund to local community groups and charities, and has chosen to make such a significant contribution.”
Anyone interested in donating to the fund or making applications for funding should phone the Buckinghamshire Community Foundation on 01296 330134.