More than 50 local charitable projects are awarded £146,000 of funding from Greenham Common Trust

  • £160,000 remaining for distribution in the autumn
  • Over £37m donated to more than 1,000 local organisations and charitable projects in the West Berkshire area since 1997

Newbury Carnival - recipient of Trust grantsNewbury, UK, 10 April 2017 – Greenham Common Trust (GCT) has allocated more than £146,000 to 56 local charitable projects throughout West Berkshire and North Hampshire, following its Spring Distribution Committee meeting last week.

The deadline for the first round of funding was March 3rd with over 100 applications received via ‘The Good Exchange’ website –

Applications were made from a wide range of charitable sectors including the arts, sports, youth and community, disadvantaged and disabled groups.

Chris Boulton, chief executive of Greenham Common Trust said: “Each year GCT provides up to £300,000 for charitable projects aimed at benefitting the residents of Newbury and surrounding West Berkshire areas. The money is split between two rounds of funding during spring and autumn. The next deadline for autumn 2017 funding is September 15th with around £160,000 still available for eligible projects. Applicants are encouraged to make their applications via The Good Exchange web portal in advance of the deadline.”

He continued: “Applications will also be considered for Trust Top-Up, a scheme where Greenham Common Trust offers up to £5,000 of matched funding against public and company donations made online via The Good Exchange.”

Successful applicants included Newbury District Swimming Club, which was given £5,000 towards replacement starting blocks; Newbury Carnival received £7,000 to assist with running costs for this year’s carnival which takes place on Sunday 16th July; and £6,636 for ‘Recovery in Mind’, a project providing courses for adults with mental health challenges.

The funding was welcomed by many of the applicants. Sami Gabriel, Chair of Newbury Carnival Committee, commented: “I’m so delighted that Greenham Common Trust is our main sponsor. Without its support Newbury Carnival would not be happening. We can focus our efforts on making this carnival the showcase that Newbury deserves. The carnival is the pinnacle of the summer entertainment. We call it Newbury Carnival, but it draws participants and spectators from all around. It’s a family fun day that makes summer come alive for all of us.”

Angela Ryan, founder of Recovery in Mind, said: “We are thrilled to have received this grant from Greenham Common Trust. It enables us to support people with mental health challenges by providing the Recovery in Mind courses. With one in four adults living with mental illness we are committed to delivering high quality ‘recovery college’ courses free of charge to anyone living in West Berkshire.”

Complete list of 2017 Spring Reactive grant round Successful Applicants

If you have benefitted from a project that Greenham Common Trust has helped fund then why not share your story on the GCT Facebook page and use the hashtag #LoveGreenham.

For years, the Trust has supported local communities with financial assistance, helping to fund projects that otherwise would not be able to go ahead. GCT celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and you have the chance to be part of its celebratory event which takes place on Greenham Common from 8th - 9th September. It is looking for hundreds of people of all ages and interests to take part in the event, full details can be found by visiting the Greenham War and Peace event page.

If you’d like to find out if your project is eligible for funding visit the Our Funding by Category pages Alternatively, you can call us on 01635 817444.

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