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Charity calls for action after funding applications oversubscribed by more than £700,000

A grant-giving charity is calling for action after its latest round of funding was oversubscribed by applications totalling more than £700,000.

Heart of England Community Foundation awarded £162,076 to 20 organisations through the Tampon Tax Community Fund, which provides grants to projects working with some of society’s most vulnerable women and girls.

HOECF Tampon Tax Community Fund – West Midlands

The Foundation has now revealed that it received a total of 99 applications amounting to £863,025, meaning the fund was over-subscribed by more than £700,000 and is calling for action.

The specialist grant-making charity, which awards funding to projects across the West Midlands and is the only one of its kind in the region, is urging any potential donors to come forward to offer their support.

Businesses, organisations and individuals are being asked to contact the Foundation to find out more about how they can make a difference in their communities by starting a fund, setting up a legacy or making a donation.

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Tina Costello, CEO of the Heart of England Community Foundation, said:

“It is fantastic that we have been able to distribute so much money to grassroots organisations supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our society, however, there is still more to be done.

“So many of our funds are hugely oversubscribed, and it’s extremely difficult to see such a large number of projects missing out on vital grants due to the demand outweighing the supply.

“We are now appealing to any potential donors who would like to make a difference to get in touch.

“We have the knowledge to help anyone looking to maximise their Corporate Social Responsibility, and together we can do more to support the groups and organisations that are making a difference to communities across the West Midlands.”

One of those to receive a Tampon Tax Community Fund grant in Wolverhampton is Square Pegs Round Holes who received £10,000 to help fund the delivery of the ‘Defining Me’ programme in two schools which will cover topics including building resilience, wellbeing and relationships.

Debbie Turner, of Square Pegs Round Holes, said:

“We are delighted that our application has been successful. The funding will support the delivery of a much-needed programme to girls and young women in the city. 

“We work with the girls to build resilience and overcome obstacles that may negatively impact their ambitions and aspirations.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about becoming a donor is asked to visit http://www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk/ or contact 02476 883297 or email Tina@heartofenglandcf.co.uk.