£54K+ grant funding to help families in need, schools, community, sports and arts groups

May 2024:

In a recent Board of Trustees meeting, chaired by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, grants totalling £54,000 were given to a number of local projects that support residents in need across the Royal Borough.

The meeting was followed by a fundraising dinner hosted by the outgoing Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Neil Knowles, at Windsor’s Guildhall.

Thirty individuals, charities and projects have successfully received grants in this round of funding after applying to The Prince Philip Trust Fund.

Programmes that support local families in need have been given funding include The Baby Bank to help supply new mattresses for babies through to teenagers; Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice to help them provide healthy and culturally appropriate food for families visiting loved ones; and Family Action for their Windsor and Maidenhead Young Carers project.

Young people in education are also being supported with funding from the Prince Philip Trust Fund such as The Panathlon Foundation as they run an activity-based programme called ‘Can’t Wait to Play’ for children with special educational needs; The East to West Trust for their safe access to schools project; The Royal School has received funds towards their new library upgrade, and No 22 to support their free to access after school counselling services for local people experiencing mental health issues.

Community support groups including People 2 Places and Driven Forward have both received grants for their outreach projects, and Wraysbury and Horton Voluntary Care have been given funds towards the building of their new, permanent kitchen where they can provide hot meals to house-bound residents in the village and attendees of their Thursday drop-in lunch club.

In terms of promoting the arts locally in the Royal Borough, The Windsor Fringe and both Windsor and Maidenhead Festivals received grant funding, as did the Windsor Writers’ Group for their Young Persons Writing Competition and the Berkshire Young Musicians Trust to help provide bursaries for music lessons for those experiencing financial difficulty.

Chris Aitken, Secretary and Trustee of the charity said:

“The diverse kinds of projects we are able to help fund is an incredible testament to the wonderful charities and good causes that are rising to the challenges facing local residents today. I’m glad that, as a Trust, we can provide the fuel for them to continue their amazing work.”

Photo by Gill Heppell.