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2021 Here To Help Fund

Updated 1st February 2022

Painting a brighter future

In 2021, we gave back to our local community of Buckinghamshire at an unprecedented level, through the Here To Help Fund, in association with our good friends at Heart of Bucks.

In total, 30 eligible applications were received for the award and grants and an independent panel, held on 18th January 2022, decided on the distribution of the awards based on the application criteria. 

The Large Award will go to Youth Concern, an independent charity based in Aylesbury, which provides support to vulnerable young people aged between 13 and 25. This financial support will enable Youth Concern to expand the reach of their drop in centre and to ensure more teenagers and young adults in need will receive help when they need it most. The use of early intervention helps to ensure the long term health and wellbeing of the youths that visit.

In addition to the Large Award, the Smaller Grants Programme will also provide much needed support to the following nine charities, all of which are incredibly worthwhile causes: Adoption UK, Child Bereavement UK, Children Heard and Seen, Chiltern Music Academy, Great Brickhill Parish Hall Committee, Mediation Buckinghamshire, Parkinson’s Disease Society Amersham and HW, Theatre Shed and finally, Wycombe Talking Newspaper.

We were delighted to support these organisations after what has undoubtedly been a challenging time for the non-profit sector. We will continue to assess the impact that these donations have had and look forward to providing you with an update on this in due course.

Speaking about the Fund, Henry Allmand, CEO, Heart of Bucks said:

“Buckinghamshire Building Society is a valued long-term partner of ours and it has been a pleasure to work with them to award a number of grants from their Here To Help Fund. The funding will make a huge difference to local charities and community groups that are doing so much to support those most in-need across Buckinghamshire.”

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Launched 1st September 2021

Buckinghamshire Building Society announces launch of ‘2021 Here To Help Fund’.

Buckinghamshire Building Society have today announced plans to launch the ‘2021 Here To Help Fund’ of £75,000 in association with Heart of Bucks, to help the people of Buckinghamshire recover from what has been an incredibly challenging time for many.

The Buckinghamshire Building Society are a mutually owned organisation, so giving back to the Buckinghamshire Community is at the heart of what they do. Over many years, they have created an endowment fund from their profits to support a consistent annual level of charitable giving. This year, they feel that it is the right time to significantly increase the level of contribution to support local voluntary and charitable organisations in their wonderful efforts to help the community to rebound from the difficulties of the recent crisis period.

The 2021 Here To Help Fund will be divided into two categories – one Award of £40,000 in addition to a total of £35,000 split into a number of smaller grants of up to £5,000 each.

Not for profit organisations across Buckinghamshire are invited to apply for the Award and Small Grants Programme and Heart of Bucks will host an independent panel to determine which causes will be supported. Heart of Bucks is a community foundation based in Buckinghamshire whose expertise is in ensuring that charitable giving is directed to the organisations and projects that need it most. Heart of Bucks has partnered with Buckinghamshire Building Society for many years in assisting its charitable giving activities.

The £40,000 Award will go towards helping those charities and not for profit organisations in the Health & Wellbeing sector, and the Small Grants Programme will support those most in need within the Community Cohesion and Isolation & Disadvantage categories. Applications will open on 1st September and will remain open until 12 noon on 24th November 2021. The successful applicants will be announced on 26th January 2022.

‘We are absolutely delighted to announce the launch of the Buckinghamshire Building Society 2021 Here To Help Fund, with our friends at Heart of Bucks. It has been an extraordinary time by any standards and we are determined to make good on the purpose of our business to give support to the Buckinghamshire community in a meaningful, tangible way.  The non-profit sector has been hard hit as a result of the pandemic, so the aim of this new £75,000 Fund is to provide Buckinghamshire-based charities and voluntary organisations with funding that will facilitate the completion of projects and initiatives that otherwise may not be achievable. Ultimately, we want to help those most in need at this time.’ Said Gerard O’Keeffe, CEO, Buckinghamshire Building Society.

Speaking about the 2021 Here To Help Fund, Henry Allmand, CEO, Heart of Bucks said, ‘After what has been an incredibly challenging period for the not for profit sector, we are confident that this Fund will be warmly welcomed by a range of charities, allowing Buckinghamshire Building Society to make a very real difference in the community.’ He continued ‘We are thrilled to be working with Buckinghamshire Building Society on this initiative.’