News and Projects that the Trust Has Funded
Funding The Future
The Kingspan Insulation Community Trust has kick-started the year with the award of over £25,000 in funding to a wide range of deserving local projects. This latest round of grants was particularly busy and exciting following the Trust’s expansion to include the catchment areas of Earl Mortimer College, Tenbury High School, Wigmore High School and Lady Hawkins’ School along with Sherburn in Elmet Parish in North Yorkshire. Two new Trustees have also been appointed to meet the demands of this expansion: Naomi Andersson and Caroline Palethorpe, who will represent the catchments of Earl Mortimer College and Tenbury High School respectively.
Naomi was born and raised in Leominster and moved back in 2005 to bring up her children in the town. She works as Marketing Manager for Southern Solar Ltd and has been actively involved in many community activities in the Leominster area. These include acting as a parent governor at Leominster Junior School, co-founding the local women’s social group “Stuff She Does”. Since 2010 she has also organised the Leominster Sport Relief Mile with the help of Earl Minster College.
Caroline is a specialist project manager and consultant working with the education, community and voluntary sectors. She has extensive experience of fund raising and bid writing, securing over £120,000 of European funding for the area, and is passionate about encouraging communities to develop their own projects. She has also been a school governor for 14 years, 6 of them as Chair of Governors.
The expansion has been a great success with the Trustees awarding grants to 16 projects which met at least one of the Trust’s four objectives: encouraging conservation, biodiversity, health and fitness of young people and road safety.
Successful applicants included the three Herefordshire secondary schools in the Trust’s area which have been granted over £5,000, collectively, for a rugby coaching scheme; 1st Tenbury Wells Scout Group, which was awarded a grant of £2,000 for the purchase of a new mess tent and the Wheatsheaf Angling Club, which has been granted over £3,000 for a planting scheme around Bacon Pond.
John Garbutt, Chairman of the Community Trust commented: “The success of the Trust meant that in recent years the amount and diversity of applications had fallen. By expanding the boundaries we were able to resolve this issue whilst also adding Caroline and Naomi’s expertise and experience to the board. We were extremely pleased to see such a large number of applications this year and look forward to seeing how these projects develop over the coming months and years.”
The grants run every year, so if you missed out last year, look out for the next deadline for applications towards the end of September 2013.