£15,000 awarded in the latest Grants for Good

The results of the members’ vote for the top donation of £5,000 are in! Find out who won the latest round of Grants for Good.

In the second round of John Good Group‘s Grants for Good this year, five finalists chosen by a panel at The Matthew Good Foundation have shared £15,000, with the largest donation of £5,000 going to the winner of a vote by John Good Group employees.

The Grants for Good fund was recently increased to £60,000 annually, with £15,000 to be shared quarterly between five charities. The foundation received over 400 submissions from small charities and projects, so it was difficult to pick just five finalists.

During the process of choosing the finalists, the Matthew Good Foundation panel get to know the people behind these fantastic initiatives, which are often very innovative grassroots causes formed in response to the quickly changing needs of communities. The final five that were chosen all have fantastic leadership, and we’re confident a small grant will go a long way to helping them achieve their goals.

The voting in this round was also the closest vote we’ve ever had – with all of the organisations attracting a great deal of support from employees, a testament to the exceptionally high quality of the projects that applied during this round.

The final results were:

BillyChip – Granted £5,000

Taking baby Steps – Granted £3,500

Team 1C – Granted £2,500

YourStance – Granted £2,000

Younwilders – Granted £2,000

Since it’s launch in 2021, The Grants for Good fund, which is funded by John Good Group donations has now distributed £100,000 to small charities and community projects.

It’s always a pleasure to help small organisations like these get their initiatives off the ground and we look forward to seeing how their projects and charities develop in the future.

To find out more and apply, visit: https://www.matthewgoodfoundation.org/grantsforgood.

June 2023

The BillyChip is an alternative to cash that allows the public to give direct donations to rough sleepers and homeless people without the fear of their donation being misused for drugs or alcohol. They can be redeemed in coffee shops and takeaways for the minimum of a hot or cold drink of their choice, many outlets offer more. The BillyChip is the legacy of its inventor, Billy Abernethy-Hope, a twenty-year-old ambulance driver from Bristol who tragically died before he could see his idea become a reality.

June 2023

Taking Baby Steps is a brand-new Community Interest Company (CIC), formed by experienced health specialists Sue and Jane to provide support to families who experience miscarriage, stillbirth, and neonatal death and/or birth trauma with talking therapy sessions. They set up their organisation to make this much-needed and helpful therapy available to more people, as soon as they need it, having witnessed a gap in the local services available and long NHS waiting lists.

June 2023

Team 1C started off as a group of parents/carers of children with CHD (congenital heart defects) gathering on Ward 1C at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. Recognising how much help was needed to support children and their families both at home and abroad, they have spent the last 5 years fundraising for some amazing initiatives, including funding surgery children abroad, supporting local hospital wards in England, and volunteering at Ronald McDonald House.

June 2023

YourStance are working to prevent deaths and life-changing injuries in young people who are at risk of being a victim of violence, by teaching them lifesaving “zero-responder” skills. Through a large team of volunteer medical professionals, they educate young people to enable them to respond with first aid before medical help arrives.

June 2023

Set up by young people, for young people, Youngwilders is a non-profit organisation focused on accelerating the rewilding of the UK and educating and energising a new generation of environmentalists.