£110,000 in grant funds given to local charities, projects and good causes in 2022

New Trustees Welcomed to the Board

23 November 2022: The Prince Philip Trust Fund for Windsor and Maidenhead has given out a further £60,000 in grant funds to 36 charities, projects and individuals at its final round of funding for this year, bringing the total funds given out to support the residents of the Royal Borough to £110,000 in 2022.

At the recent Board of Trustees meeting, chaired by HRH The Earl of Wessex, where grants were awarded to the typically wide-ranging number of local projects that support residents across the communities of Windsor and Maidenhead, three new Trustees were also welcome to the Board. Penny Branch joins the Board of Trustees from the Royal Albert Institute Fund, which recently merged with the Prince Philip Trust Fund. Lt Gen Philip Jones also joins the Board as part of his role as the Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle, having taken over from his predecessor Sir James Perowne who retired in August this year. Chris Wilson, who was appointed as Treasurer earlier in the year was also appointed as Trustee.

A number of charities that support families who are experiencing difficult times were awarded grants including Family Friends, Family Action, Re:Charge R&R, The Cowshed, The Baby Bank, the Link Foundation and K Community Foundation.

Helping everyone to access and benefit from sport has always been important for the Prince Philip Trust Fund. In this round of funding Berkshire Unicorns RFU – an inclusive rugby club focussed on supporting the LGBT+ community – received a grant for equipment. Windsor Cycle Hub received a grant toward the costs of their mobile repair workshop, and funding was also given for extra training sessions for the Electric Eels, a local synchronised swimming club for children and adults with Down Syndrome.

Projects that are promoting healthy living within the Royal Borough have also received funding such as an obesity reduction programme run by The Cedars Surgery in Maidenhead and a Walk & Talk activity group for autistic adults run by Autism Berkshire.

A number of local schools successfully applied for funding for specific projects including funds towards an outdoor swimming pool refurbishment at Oakfield First School, teambuilding for vulnerable pupils at Furze Platt School, and the mentoring ‘Gamechanger’ programme at the Windsor Boys School. Arts projects including Norden Farm’s Lantern Parade and the Maidenhead Community Book Festival also received funding.

Chris Aitken, Secretary and Trustee of the charity said:

“It is always truly heartening to see the wide variety of projects and good causes taking place within the Royal Borough that are helping to strengthen and support our local community. It is one constant reminder of the dedication to the service that was the hallmark of the life of Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, and our Founder, HRH Prince Philip.

The Trustees and I will continue to honour their memories and rededicate ourselves to working to support the multitude of organisations, projects and volunteers that support the local residents of Windsor and Maidenhead.”