The executive chairman of Hopkins Homes, James Hopkins, visited good causes throughout Suffolk last week ahead of the call for applications to the second round of grants to the Hopkins Homes Building Communities Fund.
The housebuilders established a community fund worth £250,000 last year to provide grants of up to £2,000 to good causes that bring communities together throughout Suffolk. The first round of grants handed out a total of £15,000 to nine charities and community groups across the region in January earlier this year.
Mr Hopkins was introduced to a number of causes throughout the day by members of the Suffolk Community Foundation. The causes included:
• Bury Women’s Aid - A charity working with women and their children who are victims of domestic abuse in Bury St Edmunds.
• The Mix - An organisation based in Stowmarket that aims to support young people in Suffolk, providing a place where young people can feel inspired, develop their confidence and experience creativity.
• Suffolk Young People’s Health Project – A project which provides a range of services to the most vulnerable, disadvantaged young people in Suffolk.
• Ipswich Housing Action Group – An independent charity with a focus on campaigning for and on behalf of marginalised, especially single homeless, adults. Each year they deliver hostel accommodation for 80 people.
James Hopkins, executive chairman of Hopkins Homes, said: “As a local housebuilder we understand just how important a strong community plays in our quality of lives.
“I am delighted to see so many causes throughout our region tackling issues that really make a difference to their community and reach out to the most vulnerable members of our society. I am always keen to learn about the fantastic work they do.
“We are inviting good causes and organisations to apply for a grant of up to £2,000 from the Hopkins Homes Building Communities Fund from 25 April 2016. We will be announcing the second round of grants later this summer.”
Charities and community groups can bid for a share of the fund from 25 April 2016 by contacting the Suffolk Community Foundation on 01473 602602 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is Monday 6 June 2016.
Further details of how to apply and eligibility criteria can be found on the Hopkins Homes website www.hopkinshomes.co.uk/bcf and www.suffolkcf.org.uk/apply/grants.
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The charities that were awarded grants in the first round of grants were:
• £1000 to Grundisburgh Youth Club
• £1000 to Ipswich and East Suffolk Samaritans
• £1000 to the Ipswich Soup Kitchen
• £2000 donation to Access Community Trust
• £2000 to Fresh Start - New Beginnings
• £2000 to Perspectives Pregnancy Advice
• £2000 to Suffolk Rape Crisis
• £2000 to Suffolk Refugee Support
• £2000 to REACH Community Projects
Hopkins Homes is the largest independent house builder in East Anglia, providing much-needed new housing across the region, and one of the largest suppliers of affordable homes. Developments currently under construction alone will deliver more than 450 affordable homes.
Hopkins Homes also creates and supports many hundreds of jobs locally and regionally, both directly and indirectly through the design and construction of the homes, as well as materials supply chains and the use of local companies to provide services, ranging from carpenters and scaffolders to interior designers.
For more information about Hopkins Homes please visit www.hopkinshomes.co.uk
Suffolk Community Foundation is an independent grant-maker to Suffolk local charities and community groups who are tackling disadvantage in whatever form it takes. Suffolk Community Foundation is part of the UK Community Foundations Network.
As a community foundation, it is the main channel for individuals and families to invest in local charities and community groups that address pressing social issues in Suffolk. Since 2005, Suffolk Community Foundation has distributed close to £12 million in grants to local groups on behalf of its donors, supporting over 2,000 local charities and community groups.
More information can be found at www.suffolkcf.org.uk