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Calor’s Rural Community Fund – winners are announced!

Every year we offer rural communities, that aren't connected to the mains gas grid, the chance to gain funding for incredible projects that will improve local life. Since we launched the Fund in 2017, we’ve been able to support 73 inspiring rural community projects across the UK. 

This year has been the most competitive year yet! With over 600 applications, a fantastic 12,000 likes, 1,800 shares and an astonishing £234,000 raised from the crowd. Which lucky projects have taken home a share of £85,000?

The prizes
This year, to tie in with our 85th birthday, we’ve given away £85,000 – our biggest prize pot ever! We’ve also given away more prizes than ever before; we’ve awarded 5 x £1,000, 6 x £2,500, 11 x £5,000, AND, also £500 to all 20 of the remaining finalists who didn’t win one of the main grants. Take a look below at which inspiring community projects won one of this year’s main grants.
 
A huge congratulations to this year’s winners!

Winners in the £5,000 category
Girlguiding and Scouts - Help fix our hut! Central England
They'd like to replace the toilets and fit disabled facilities to make it a safer space for everyone in their community.

Allendale PreSchool's Green Space, North of England
They're going to transform an area of land into a fertile garden for growing plants, vegetables and imaginations - making it a space where children can thrive.

Helping Ansty See and Hear have, South East of England
Their project will install an Audio Visual system and Hearing Loop in the new Ansty Village Hall.

1st Woolsery Beavers Cubs & Scouts Nights Away Kit, South West of England
They'd like to buy tents, camp stoves, table and chairs and much more that they will use for nights and hikes away. This will enable their members to learn skills for life.

North Cornwall Arts Alive, South West England
They're going to purchase new staging, lighting & sound equipment to help provide high quality arts events for North Cornwall.

A New Dawn for Llanboidy, West England & Wales
They're going to buy play and sports equipment for both indoors and outdoors to enable everyone in their community to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

FARS - All Lives Are Precious, West England & Wales
They're planning on spending their money on making improvements to their pathways to enable better access for all members of their community, especially those with disabilities.

Bitterley Primary School Outdoor Classroom, West England & Wales
They're going to build an outdoor classroom so that their children can benefit from learning in and about the environment, nature and growing food.

Extending & Improving Quatt Village Hall Car Park, West England & Wales
They'd like to extend it and create a hard standing area with designated disabled spaces.

The Drefach AFC home pitch rejuvenation project, West England & Wales
They're going to use the money to create a drainage system and fencing around their playing fields, to improve the quality of their pitches all year round.

A place to meet, have coffee and chat at SpArC, West England & Wales
They'd like to equip their community café with electrical equipment such as, a coffee machine, dishwasher, fridges, a boiler and a Microwave.

Winners in the £2,500 category
The toolshed, Central England
They are going to purchase equipment to provide the community with a space to repair, repurpose or recycle unloved things.

Bertie The NAAFI Van Tours, Scotland
They're going to purchase a trailer and cover to protect "Bertie", the last remaining WWII Austin 8 NAAFI van in existence.

St Magnus Way upgrade and virtual experience, Scotland
They're going to upgrade specific sections of the St Magnus Way, to make it more accessible to all, and to create a virtual experience.

Move the Mind, South West England 
They are going to improve their facilities, enabling them to support even more children with autism and neurological conditions by providing a safe, engaging space for them to enjoy.

Brixham Church of England Forest School Round House, South West England 
The money will be used to repair the Round House on their Forest School site, allowing children to continue their Forest School adventures.

Beach Wheelchairs for Llys Cadfan Home, West England & Wales
They're going to spend their winnings on the purchase of a Beach Wheelchair so residents can enjoy the experience of being on a beach, reliving precious memories.

Winners in the £1,000 category

A Defibrillator for Morton and the Playing Field, Central England
Many children play sports on Morton field and the village is isolated, a defibrillator is vital if anyone collapses, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all who use the field.

Renovation of Scout Hut and purchase of equipment, South West of England
They're going to upgrade their meeting hut, buy equipment to provide safety and comfort of 60 young people involved in scouting and buy equipment for safe camping.

Llanferres Park Timber Replacements and Playbark, West England & Wales 
To ensure the park is safe, they're going to replace retention posts for play bark and support posts for multiplay equipment.

New equipment for 1st Johnston Scout Group, West England & Wales
They're going to purchase hike tents, camping gas stoves and games equipment, enabling them to continue to offer life changing experiences to young people in their community.

Equipping the Community to be Independent, West England & Wales
They will use their grant to enable end-of-life patients to have free access to equipment so they can be cared for at home.

Thank you for supporting this year’s community projects and a huge congratulations to this year’s winners, they really are great initiatives!

To find out a little more about our winners head to: communityfund.calor.co.uk/leaderboards/winners-5000   

 
Renovation of Scout Hut and purchase of equipment
FARS - All Lives Are Precious
The Drefach AFC home pitch rejuvenation project
The Drefach AFC home pitch rejuvenation project