The application process to apply for a grant from the Legacy Fund closed at the end of October and we were amazed at the amount of awareness and interest that is out there from a variety of organisations, so much so that we were substantially oversubscribed, receiving applications from 25 organisations seeking funding towards initiatives aimed at supporting local young people through sport and music.

Our Community Foundation partners, Quartet, conducted all of the necessary due diligence checks on the applications on behalf of the Fund, and then the Trustees spent time considering which of the many worthwhile causes the fund could support, with the result that on the 20 December the Legacy Fund will award just over £21,200 to ten organisations.

The Trustees of the Raj K Soni Legacy Fund are pleased to support the following organisations in our 2013 Grants round:

Bristol Cycling Development Squad - to provide use of a traffic free cycling circuit for coaching sessions & events for under 18’s; to provide a number of children’s bikes & helmets.

Radstock Baptist Church - to provide opportunity for 15 young people to experience 2 days at an outdoor pursuits centre they otherwise would not have access to.

Mentoring Plus -  to fund 8 sports taster sessions for the benefit of young people.

St Michaels Church Twerton - to fund a ‘Rock School’ project giving young people access to music activities.

Mencap - to provide 15 specialist sport & music sessions.

Rainbow Centre - to fund 10 days of music therapy for 5 children.

Family Centre for Deaf Children - to fund the Paul Whittaker music family sessions and children’s workshops.

Youth Moves - to fund the open music studio sessions and two sports jam events for young people.

Portishead Town JFC - funding towards the costs of football provision for youth, junior & girls teams to ensure they can continue to be accessible and inclusive to all young people.

Clevedon Amateur Swimming Club - to fund a PA system to benefit the whole community and enable the club to stage galas for young swimmers & family fun days.