Independent family brewer, Hall & Woodhouse, has received 400 applications for its annual Community Chest initiative, with 93 submissions from organisations in Dorset. The initiative aims to provide essential funding for local charities and organisations.
Applications for this year’s Community Chest have come from multiple sectors, including health care, community impact, and career guidance and support. The judges of this year’s panel are currently making visits to applicants and reviewing each entry. Successful applicants will be notified in November and will receive a grant from the £50,000 annual fund which has been pledged by Hall & Woodhouse.
Each year, H&W looks for projects that meet a need in the local community with previous attempts to raise funds independently. A major focus when choosing successful applicants is evaluating what potential impact the grant will have on its beneficiaries.
Mark Woodhouse, Family Director of Hall & Woodhouse, said: “One of our central values at Hall & Woodhouse is to enrich our local communities. This year, the Community Chest will once again play a vital role in financially supporting the many great voluntary organisations in our trading area across the south.
“Since we first started the annual Community Chest in 2002, more than £750,000 has been donated to over 900 causes across the South of England. It’s such a privilege to get to know all the good causes making such an impact on people’s lives, and I’m excited to continue our support of their missions.”
Previous successful applicants include Hope Housing, Training & Support, which received a £3,000 grant for its services to support homeless, vulnerable adults in Bournemouth and Poole. The funding provided by Hall & Woodhouse was specifically put toward appointing a Mental Health and Wellbeing Officer to oversee nurturing beneficiaries and providing guidance toward mental health and housing issues.
Another successful applicant, Vale Pantry, provides aid to those in North Dorset with limited access to food. In 2022, a £3,000 grant from H&W enabled the weekly delivery of food packages to over 100 families in just three months. One of the Vale Pantry’s beneficiaries said: “Since we joined Vale Pantry, we have been overwhelmed with the passion and courage for the cause. We joined with worries that we would be looked down on, judged and ridiculed, but our experience was far from that.
“The organisation was there to support us through the lows and celebrate with us through the highs. We cannot thank them enough for the friendship, compassion, respect and understanding that has been shown to us and our children.”
Donations to successful charities and community causes range from £300 to £3,000 and will be issued during two awards evenings in January 2024
For more information regarding the Community Chest and past awardees, please visit www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk.