The VINCI UK Foundation has continued its fight against social exclusion in 2020 with a new round of grants for local charities that strengthen communities and improve access to employment, housing and mobility for society’s most disadvantaged.
The Foundation has awarded a total of £201,834 in grants – between £3,000 and £15,000 – to 33 local charitable projects across the UK and Republic of Ireland promoting social integration and cohesion.
In addition to receiving funds, each project is sponsored by at least one group employee who will offer their time and skills over a 12-month period.
Hertfordshire-based charity The A-T Society, nominated by Freyssinet Contracts Manager Mick Balmforth, received a £10,000 VINCI UK Foundation grant this year. The A-T Society supports children and families affected by ataxia-telangiectasia, a complex genetic disorder, often referred to as a ‘multi-system’ disorder because it affects a number of different systems within the body.
Ruth Ottley, head coordinator for the VINCI UK Foundation said: “One of our goals is to have a positive impact on the communities we work in – and the grants and sponsorships offered provide a tangible way for us to achieve this. Many of the charities are personal to our sponsors and it is an honour and a privilege to assist their incredible work in whatever small way we can.”
Charity nominations for 2021 funding will begin in January.
Further details on A-T Society can be found here: www.atsociety.org.uk
Earlier in the year the Foundation responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with the release of emergency funding for UK organisations, full story here.