The 2020 Hall and Woodhouse Community Chest programme is now open for applications and the amount groups can apply for has been raised to £5,000. Plus, this year, the programme allows groups to also apply to be a ‘charity partner’ of a Hall and Woodhouse-managed pub close to where they operate.
Almost twenty years ago, Dorset-based brewers Hall and Woodhouse set up the Community Chest to give a helping hand to local people in supporting and strengthening their community. Through Community Chest, charity and CICs can apply for a grant to go towards improving their local area— to help youth, older people, people with disabilities, arts, the environment and more.
The Community Chest in 2020 is evolving. It still includes a pool of funds totalling £50,000 pledged by Hall and Woodhouse but, this year, the Community Chest is also seeking applications to become a ‘Pub Charity Partner’ with one or more of the brewery’s 53 managed house pubs. Throughout the year, each pub will fund raise on behalf of a local charity for a specific project or activity. For a full list of the 53 pubs (including the six in Sussex), click here.
Applications are welcome from any voluntary or community organisation that is based, or works in, the Hall and Woodhouse trading area (across the south of England, from Devon to Kent and north to Bristol, Swindon, Bracknell and London).
Hall and Woodhouse is supported by Blackmore Vale Media and Dorset Community Foundation, which provide the scheme in the western area with publicity, advice and local knowledge. Covering the eastern area, partners Sussex Newspapers and Sussex Community Foundation.
For more information and to apply, please visit the Hall and Woodhouse website.