In the first round of Grants for Good in 2022, we are delighted to share the five finalists who have shared £10,000 following a vote by John Good Group employees.
We received over 400 submissions from various small charities and projects, so it was incredibly difficult for the panel to choose just five. However, the five finalists demonstrated that they have excellent leadership and that a small grant will go a long way to helping their work.
The winners are:
Creative Packs Cancer Charity - £3,500 Grant for Good
Charlotte Murphy created creative Packs Cancer Charity during the lockdown of 2020. It aims to provide Creative Packs to young cancer patients in hospitals who face long periods of isolation due to their treatment. Crafts are a great way to keep your mind entertained and focused on something fun, so Charlotte started making creative packs for patients, and they have been a great success! So far, they have supported over 200 young cancer patients across teenage cancer units.
Our Only World - £2,500 Grant for Good
Our Only World is a charity passionate about the fight against plastic, protecting our seas and marine conservation education. Inspired by Living Sea Walls Australia, who were finalists in last year’s Earthshot Prize, Our Only World’s latest project is to retrofit living ocean walls in Plymouth Harbour adjacent to the National Aquarium to stimulate marine abundance and biodiversity.
Make a Medic – £2,000 Grant for Good
Make a Medic is a charity created by junior doctors in the UK to support medical education and public health initiatives in developing countries. The ethos of Make a Medic is to make more medics abroad and improve health outcomes within their communities.
The BioSmart Initiative – £1,000 Grant for Good
The Biosmart Initiative is a student-run and funded social enterprise that aims to alleviate fuel poverty through both environmentally and culturally sustainable means. As a collective, they create and commercialise Biochar, which is a sustainable alternative to charcoal using agricultural waste from the respective local areas in Kadzinuni, Kenya, Zanzibar and Tanzania that goes on to either be sold on or used as fuel. Not only is it better for the environment, but it also creates sustainable incomes for local communities.
The Clothing Bank – £1,000 Grant for Good
The Clothing Bank was set up in January 2020 when Sally and Susan realised people were struggling to clothe themselves and didn’t know where to go for help. Two years later, they now have 80 drop-off points around Yorkshire where they collect pre-loved clothing that is sorted and given to people in need.
It has been a pleasure to get to know the people behind these fantastic initiatives, and we look forward to seeing how their projects and charities develop in the future.
The Matthew Good Foundation has now donated £40,000 through its Grants for Good programme launched in 2021 and will donate a further £30,000 in 2022. To find out more and apply, visit: https://www.matthewgoodfoundation.org/grantsforgood.