Getting to the heart of the community
Universal Care in Beaconsfield is celebrating its 30th anniversary by supporting 30 local and national charities over 30 weeks from April 4 to October 28. Each charity will receive a cash donation and free use of Universal Care’s conference room to use as
HEART of Bucks is the county’s community foundation and our main aim is to encourage and enable localised ‘giving back,’ so that together we can fund a wide range of charitable projects across the county.
Since our inception in 2000, we have supported thousands of local charities and community groups, distributing over £6million in grants and loans.
This funding has helped the homeless and the hungry, the elderly and the young, the disabled, the disadvantaged, and everyone in between.
The wealth of Buckinghamshire means that we live in a county of contrasts – one which disguises the needs of others and the real poverty and deprivation that’s on our doorstep. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, our donors and our fund holders, we are able to make a difference and support those in need.
Chairman of Heart of Bucks Countess Elizabeth Howe said: “We want to see communities thrive in all parts of the county. We want to make a difference.”
As a community foundation, we secure donations from individuals, trusts and organisations that want to make a difference in the areas they are passionate about.
Through providing bespoke services to our donors, we can ensure that their charitable giving is maximised throughout the county. The donor development team is dedicated to ensuring that excellent service levels are maintained across their fund portfolio.
Throughout the year, local charities and not-forprofit organisations are invited to apply for funding for a hugely diverse array of projects. From the initial stages of expressing an interest in applying, through to a grant being awarded, organisations are assisted by our internal grants team.
We are proud to offer custom support to ensure applications are of the highest standard before they are taken to panel.
Our dedicated grants panel – who meet six times a year to carefully consider applications – consists entirely of Buckinghamshire-based volunteers, whose experience covers everything from education to business and are a fundamental part of the application process.
At Heart of Bucks we are committed to ensuring that funding covers the whole county, but we also target highly deprived areas and those with the most need.
Working with our governing body UKCF, this year we are implementing a new and innovative way of identifying needs through a research project called Vital Signs.
By collecting and analysing local and national data on Buckinghamshire, we will be able to make comparisons within the county on 11 different topics including education, work and inequality.
In addition to this, we will be asking members of the community for their opinions through an online survey.
Vital Signs will help to target our funding strategy throughout the county and allow us to deliver grants based on this research, continuing our efforts to building stronger communities.
For more information on supporting your local community, applying for funding or reading about some of the exciting projects and organisations we have helped in the past, please visit our website at www.heartofbucks.org.
Celebrating 30 years: Chairman of Universal Care Peter Cullimore and Managing Director Trudi