New Longleigh Foundation partnership to fund youth social action projects in Dorset

A joint-funding partnership aimed at helping young people in some of Dorset’s most deprived communities make a positive impact in their local neighbourhoods has been announced this week.

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The new dedicated Longleigh Foundation Fund for Poole, Bournemouth and Purbeck has been set up by national grant-giving charity Longleigh Foundation and Dorset Community Foundation (DCF), a charity helping people most in need in Dorset. It will distribute £25,000 for community projects aimed at increasing youth volunteering and other social action activities such as fundraising and campaigning.

The new fund has been developed as part of the national #iwill campaign which aims to increase social action by 50% among 10 to 20-year-olds by 2020. It will be allocated to community projects via the Youth Social Action funding programme which the Dorset Community Foundation manages on behalf of The Big Lottery and the Office for Civil Society.

Longleigh Foundation is a new charity set up this year by national social housing provider Stonewater with a £1 million endowment for funding projects which help young people, the elderly, women in crisis due to domestic abuse, and residents with physical or mental disabilities. The Longleigh Foundation Fund for Poole, Bournemouth and Purbeck will also support youth projects for young people living in Stonewater housing developments in Dorset.

“We are absolutely delighted to be working with DCF and to be supporting housing communities in Dorset where many Stonewater residents live,” says Sue Terry, Chair of Longleigh Foundation. “Strategic partnerships for projects such as this enable us to improve the situations and opportunities of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged members of our society.”

This year, Longleigh’s grant-giving programme is focused on supporting community projects aimed at health and well-being, isolation and inclusion, employment and training, individual hardship cases, and funding for strategic research.

“We are very pleased to announce this exciting new partnership with the Longleigh Foundation,” says Jon Yates, Chief Executive of the Dorset Community Foundation. “Together we can help address important local issues here in Dorset. Young people are the future of this wonderful county and by supporting their involvement in projects such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering we are helping nurture thriving communities for years to come.”

The Longleigh Foundation Fund for Poole, Bournemouth, and Purbeck, part of the Youth Social Action funding programme, is currently open for applications. To find out more please visit www.dorsetcommunityfoundation.org.

For further information about Longleigh Foundation grants, business partnership opportunities and details of the project eligibility criteria and the application process, visit: www.longleighfoundation.org