Benefact Group awards 31 UK charities with share of £500,000
As part of its Movement for Good Awards the Benefact Group has donated over £500,000 to charitable causes leading the change in key sectors across the UK.
Seven charities working to reduce the impact of climate change have been awarded £132,000, while eight working in education and skills have received £92,200. A further £188,400 has been donated to eight causes operating in heritage and arts, and £91,000 has been given to eight charities in the rural and community sector.
The awards are designed to help charities make a real difference in their communities. More than 500 charities applied for the funding with the winning projects being selected against four criteria: impact and effectiveness, sustainability, innovation, and care and compassion.
The charities set to benefit include the InterClimate Trust, The Landmark Trust, Trees For Cities, The English Heritage Trust, National Operatic and Dramatic Association, Black Swimming Association, Read Easy UK, The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and Alzheimer’s Society.
From rewilding land to protect heritage sites from climate change and teaching children from under-served communities to swim, through to connecting hundreds of children with the countryside and helping farmers with their mental health – the grants will fund essential projects and initiatives that will benefit many thousands of people across the UK.
Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive of Benefact Group, said: “At Benefact Group we believe business should be a force for good. More than ever, charitable causes need sustained support and a sense of financial stability. Through our Movement for Good larger-grant awards, we are championing a more imaginative way of supporting charities so that they can have some certainty in these challenging times. We know our funding can be a lifeline to those who are struggling with cost-of-living increases and a grant of this scale can make a huge difference to the incredible work that charities do.
“Benefact Group is the fourth largest corporate donor in the UK and has an ambition to be the biggest. Owned by a charity, all our available profits go to good causes, and the more the Group grows, the more the Group can give. As a company whose purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, charitable giving is at the heart of what we do.”
Dr Anna Keay OBE, director of the Landmark Trust, said: “The Landmark Trust is truly thrilled to receive a Movement for Good Award. The support will enable our 50 for Free programme, through which we offer entirely free holidays to the beneficiaries of other charities, for another year.
“Thanks to the Benefact Group, we will welcome more than 400 individuals into some of our most-treasured historic buildings – including towers, follies and country houses – for self-catering stays during March 2023. In these challenging days, we hope the breaks will offer enjoyment, inspiration and a refreshing change of scene for those most in need of respite.”
Movement for Good is funded by EIO plc, part of the Benefact Group.
Winning charities across the UK:
- Happy Space UK
- The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI)
- Conservation Education & Research Trust
- Heal Rewilding
- The Country Trust
- Read Easy UK
- County of Gloucestershire Community Foundation
- Cathedrals Workshop Fellowship
- Trees For Cities
- The Edinburgh Remakery Ltd
- Oscar India
- The Port Sunlight Village Trust
- Landmark Trust
- The English Heritage Trust
- Kids in Museums
- Climate Stewards
- Eco Unesco
- Irish Museum Of Modern Art Company
- The British Horse Society
- World Horse Welfare
- Society of Antiquaries of London
- InterClimate Trust
- Young Trustees Movement
- The Circle of Women
- Breaking Barriers
- Quaker Social Action
- Black Swimming Association
- Alzheimer’s Society
- National Operatic & Dramatic Association
- Dentaid Limited