The Prime Foundation is once again supporting community groups in Southampton by opening applications for grant funding of up to £12,000 for projects aimed at improving lives in the area.
The Foundation invests in communities where Prime has constructed new health and care facilities by allocating a portion of profit generated, giving charities and groups the chance to apply for funding for projects which enhance life in the local community.
In Southampton, Prime are constructing a new Sterile Services Department and Aseptic Pharmacy in partnership with University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust and IHSS on Adanac Health and Innovation Campus in Southampton. This marks the second time the Prime Foundation has extended grant funding opportunities in the Southampton area, funding three community projects after the construction of the park and ride facility and the Costa Coffee outlet last year.
Community projects that align with the foundations aims of advancing education outside the classroom, promoting good physical and mental health and furthering the enhancement of social wellbeing through recreation are eligible to apply.
In the last year, the foundation has awarded grants to a number of impactful projects. For example, Stepway in Worcester, a charity dedicated to providing support to veterans and aiding in their well-being and reintegration into civilian life, applied for funds to build a multipurpose shed. This now serves as an office, workshop, and meeting space for veterans, their families, and the wider community.
Dawn Turner, CEO of Stepway, said, “The funding received from Prime Foundation has transformed and enhanced support services at the Stepway community garden. It was used to purchase an office/workshop which will benefit veterans, family members, and the local community…This funding has enabled the charity to provide a private place for counselling and support sessions and deliver courses on mental health awareness, beekeeping, woodwork, mushroom farming, biodiversity and hold a monthly Banter and Brew.”
Hannah Cashmore, Prime Foundation board member, said, “We’re excited to open up applications in Southampton for a second time. We are always guided by investing in the wellbeing of the communities we serve through our health and care buildings, delivering lasting change.
“Since 2014, we’ve been partnering with the world-leading University Hospital Southampton to enable them to transform their estate and deliver an outstanding environment for patients, visitors and staff. From a warmer welcome with a new main entrance and retail space, to the masterplan of an innovative health campus, we’re proud to work in the Southampton area to deliver a roadmap for change.”
Applications for funding are now open and all groups with an eligible project, based in an SO postcode, are encouraged to submit their proposals using the online application form by December 4th 2023. For more information or to apply for funding, please visit our application page here.