New community grants scheme launched to boost worthy causes

Steve Housley and his son Tom from Billingham Football Club at the launch of The Together'Fund.
Steve Housley and his son Tom from Billingham Football Club at the launch of The Together'Fund.

A community grants scheme has been launched by a chemical firm offering a total of £20,000 for worthy causes.

Chemical firm Venator has launched a £20,000 community fund to promote teamwork and innovation among groups and organisations in Hartlepool and across the North East.

The firm, which has its global headquarters at Wynyard Park and sites at Greatham and Birtley, has established its first ever community fund in a bid to support the communities in which its employees live and work.

The Venator Community Fund will provide 80 grants of £250 and is available to groups and organisations across the North East.

The Together Fund, the first of two to be set up under the Venator Community Fund, will make 40 grants of £250 to community groups and organisations for activities that inspire teamwork.

Karen Fenwick, Vice president corporate branding and communications, said: “By its very nature, teamwork is positive and collaborative – something that helps to bring people together within a community.

“Through the Together Fund, we hope to reward grassroots groups and organisations that share our values of togetherness and teamwork.”

The fund is open for entries until midnight on August 31.

Applicants should visit www.venatorcommunity.com and submit 250 words on how their group or organisation would use the grant to promote teamwork.

All successful applications will then go head-to-head in an online public vote in September, with the top 40 projects each awarded £250.