As part of the Glasgow XX Commonwealth Games legacy, Spirit of 2012 awarded grants to the UK Community Foundation (UKCF) and Springboard to support fourteen communities across the UK to allocate funding locally over three years.
The Fourteen programme funds projects that increase the wellbeing of the people who live in those areas and create opportunities to bring people together. This £3.5m programme enables each community to decide themselves how they want to increase participation in one or more of social action and volunteering; grass roots sport and physical activity; cultural activity and the arts, and youth leadership and personal development.
To coincide with the two-year anniversary of the Glasgow Games, a snapshot of some of the highlights from the Fourteen projects has been produced, taking a look at the variety of activity happening in those communities.
Read the Fourteen overview
With our delivery partners - led by the UKCF and Springboard - Spirit is enabling the people who know their own communities best to invest funds where it will make a real difference to their lives.
Spirit of 2012 Chief Executive, Debbie Lye, said: “National events like the Glasgow Games create a real opportunity to tap into the pride and communal spirit that they inspire, and to create a legacy that long outlives the event itself.
"What I really value about Fourteen, is the stories of how communities across the UK are now benefitting from that legacy. It is particularly exciting to see communities with the power to allocate their own funds, so that those with the best understanding of local needs spend the funding on where it can make the biggest impact.”
The communities benefiting from the Fourteen investment are:
SCOTLAND: Calton (Glasgow) Ruchill & Possilpark (Glasgow), Gorbals (Glasgow) Dumbiedykes (Edinburgh), Caithness (Highlands), Islay & Jura (Argyll & Bute)
ENGLAND: Harpurhey & Moston (Manchester), Kingstanding (Birmingham), Ryhope & Hendon (Sunderland), Southmead (Bristol)
WALES: Mid Rhondda (Rhondda) and Bro Aberffraw (Anglesey)
NORTHERN IRELAND: Monkstown & New Mossley (Belfast) and Creggan (Derry/Londonderry)
Images (from top): Young people in Northern Ireland getting active; local residents enjoying remembrance sessions in Manchester; children in Glasgow taking to the water
UK Community Foundations (UKCF) is the membership organisation for community foundations that work across the UK to raise then distribute money directly to local causes. Community foundations operate to ensure any form of philanthropy, whether from an individual or an organisation, is effective and brings greatest benefit to those in need in our local communities. Last year, community foundations made over 20,000 grants, distributing over £70 million to local causes. Community foundations’ total managed endowment stood at £500 million in March 2015. UKCF represents 46 quality accredited community foundation members. The UKCF Quality Accreditation process is endorsed by the Charity Commission and uses standards consistent with the Charity Commission's Hallmarks of an Effective Charity, with robust, transparent and fair assessment processes. Achieving Quality Accreditation demonstrates that community foundations are serious about quality and accountability.
Established in 1992, Springboard is a leading charity in developing capacity and promoting an appreciation of diversity. Having been in existence for over 22 years, Springboard has an extensive track record in designing and delivering youth development and employability programmes. The organisation has had exceptional sustainable outcomes through increased economic, personal and civic impacts.