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Monmouthshire Building Society Charitable Foundation was founded in 2000 to support local community groups, organisations and good causes across south Wales and the south west of England.

The primary purpose of the foundation is to provide modest donations that will have a positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged or vulnerable people in our communities. 

The Society provides funding to the Charitable Foundation but the foundation operates independently from the Society through a Board of Trustees. 

Since 2000, the Charitable Foundation has contributed £305,504.07 to 513 local charities and organisations.

Hear more about the good work the Foundation has done below

       

How to apply

Please ensure you have read our application criteria before applying and provided all of the information required.  

Step 1:  Completing the application form

Click here for a printable version of the form.

Our Board of Trustees will review each application against our application criteria to decide which organisations will benefit from the  support of the foundation.

Step 2:   Meeting Dates

Foundation meetings are held on a quarterly basis.  The deadline for applications are as follows:

  • 11th March for March meeting
  • 17th June for June meeting
  • 16th September for September meeting
  • 25th November for December meeting

If applications are received after the deadline they will be presented at the next quarterly meeting.

Step 3:   Following the meeting

All applicants will be contacted following the meeting with the outcome of their application.  Please note this can take up to 28 days.    

Following the meeting, successful applicants will be asked to provide organisation bank details as well as quotes/invoices if they have not been provided with the application.         

Donations will be transferred to the successful applicant via an electronic bank payment.

 

Who we have helped

Cerebra

Cerebra support children living with a brain condition and their families. In 2019 we provided £600 to Cerebra, a Carmarthen-based Charity supporting children who live with a brain condition, and their families. The charity used the donation to fund sensory toys for their lending library, a free service which loans out specially chosen toys that help children with brain conditions with all kinds of sensory needs. Derek Spinks, Marketing and Communication Manager, said: “Sensory equipment enhances a child’s quality of life by providing items for play, therapy and learning, as well as enhancing their interactions with other family members. We are incredibly grateful to receive this kind gift from Monmouthshire Building Society.”

Amazing Grace Spaces

Amazing Grace Spaces are a small charity based in Newport who provide a safe space for homeless people to recover and provide the support they need to realise their potential and avoid becoming homeless again. The charity was successful in their application for £1000 to help furnish their new supported home in Newport. Caroline Johnson, Support, Recovery and Policy Director, said: “As a new charity it can be very difficult to get funding, so small amounts like this are vital for us to be able to move forward and get to where we are today.”

Oak Hill Children's Centre

Oak Hill ASD Childcare is a school holidays childcare provision for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and complex needs. The centre successfully applied for funding to our Charitable Foundation to fund equipment for the club. They received nearly £700 for the purchase of equipment including specialist toys, games, messy play equipment and sensory items. Gwen added: “The funding for the equipment has made a massive difference to the club. We have been able to purchase some awesome new equipment for the summer sessions that we know the children will absolutely love but we hadn’t been able to afford to purchase before.”