ENERGY and regeneration specialist ENGIE has awarded £16,924 to projects in Thorplands and Kings Heath through its Fund for Enterprise initiative.
The fund, managed and facilitated by Northamptonshire Community Foundation, focuses on improving education and skills in the local community and developing social enterprise activities.
Jyoti Madlani, Regional Business Development Manager at ENGIE, said: "We are really pleased to be involved with the Enterprise Fund and Northamptonshire Community Foundation. It's great to support such worthy causes especially when you can see the difference they make to people's lives in the local community."
Thorplands Residents Association received £4,100 to provide adult education sessions, healthy eating workshops and structured group exercise classes for the local community.
Northampton Hope Centre was awarded £3,000 to support their food aid project, tackling food poverty and insecurity in Thorplands.
Kings Heath Boxing Club received £4,824 to double their volunteering capacity and to develop the group's links with the local community.
Right Resolution Community Interest Company (CIC) was awarded £5,000 to help develop a community cafe in Kings Heath.
Alex Le Guevel, of Kings Heath Boxing Club, said: "ENGIE's investment will enable us to upskill the club's workforce and redevelop an area of the gym to cater for new recreational boing and health and wellbeing sessions. This modernisation work is critical to the club's aspiration of appealing to a broader demographic and increasing participation in sport and physical activity from members of the local community."
Northamptonshire Community Foundation is the leading independent grant-making charity in the county, working with fund holders and donors to ensure projects make a sustainable impact on local need.
Matthew Toresen, Programmes Officer at Northamptonshire Community Foundation, said: "ENGIE'S Fund for Enterprise places much needed money into the areas of Northampton that need it most and helps support community organisations to make a real difference. The
Foundation is proud to be able to administer this fund on behalf of ENGIE and we look forward to working with them in the future."
In association with Northamptonshire Community Foundation. To find out more about the fantastic work of NCF visit www.ncf.uk.com or call 01604 230033.