Estate agent’s £25k funding for community
AN ESTATE agent has set up a £25,000 fund to share with the community.
Gascoigne Halman, which has offices in Wilmslow, Alderley Edge and elsewhere, is sharing the fund with organisations, charities and groups doing good work in the community.
The fund has been set up to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary this year.
The estate agent is calling the scheme the ‘£25k Community Challenge’ and is inviting groups to apply for a slice of the fund.
John Halman, managing director, said: “We were keen to mark our 25th anniversary in a meaningful way.
“Over the past eight years we have raised more than £66,000 for a number of charities and it has become part of what we do as a business.
“Each year we focused on a different charity.
“However, to celebrate working in the area with so many local people for 25 years, we decided to take a different approach.
“We wanted to help and support a large number of organisations and in particular wanted to help the smaller groups working at grass roots level.
“We envisage making probably around 10 donations but that is in no way fixed. It’s up to organisations, charities and local groups to tell us what they need in terms of funding, why they want it and who will benefit.”
The company will announce a shortlist in September and those applicants can make a short presentation to the judging panel in November before the successful applicants are announced later that month.
John said: “We are putting together a judging panel of prominent local people who will work with us to make decisions about who is shortlisted and where the money eventually goes.
“I would urge local groups, no matter how large or small, to get in touch.”
More information and an application form can be found at any Gascoigne Halman office or on the website.
Applications can be made online from Monday, February 16 to Friday, July 17.
‘We wanted to help the smaller groups’
John Halman, managing director (left) and Peter Higham, operations director (right) launch the £25,000 Community Challenge fund with staff members at Gascoigne Halman in Wilmslow