Matthew Good Foundation reveals first Grants for Good Finalists for 2021

The Matthew Good Foundation has announced the five fantastic finalists for its first-ever round of Grants for Good. John Good Group employees can now vote for their favourite good cause. The more votes a cause receives, the bigger the donation. The project that receives the most votes will receive a grant of £3,500; second place £2,500, third place £2,000 with fourth and fifth place both receiving £1,000.

Michelle Taft, Matthew Good Foundation, Executive Director, said: “This is the first time the Foundation has invited good causes to apply to us directly, and we had a fantastic response. We received over 400 applications, so it was tough for our panel to choose only five finalists when the standard was so high. There are so many small charities, social enterprises and community groups doing amazing things and making a real difference.”

Employees of the John Good Group now have three weeks to vote for their favourite. The finalists are:

Freely Fruity

A group of volunteers that got together in March 2020 after realising the demand for fresh food within the local food banks was growing daily. They started to grow from seed fresh fruit and vegetables to supply the local food banks and schools projects within Reading and Wokingham area and want to expand to other areas across the UK.

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Harry’s HAT

Harry’s Hydrocephalus Awareness Trust (Harry’s HAT) was founded in 2018 to help children and their families affected by Hydrocephalus (water on the brain).

Harry’s HAT aims to make life better for children and their families affected by Hydrocephalus by working towards a cure.

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Khushi Kantha

Khushi Kantha aims to create opportunities for mothers in Bangladesh by using their existing embroidery skills to create products that are marketable in high-income countries such as the UK. Every purchase will empower a mother in Bangladesh to provide for her children with dignity and contribute to the circular economy. To turn this vision into a reality, Khushi Kantha needs funds to set up full-scale production in Bangladesh.

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Mind Moves

Mind Moves is a mobile mentoring service based in Merseyside, taking place from a car or on a walk while on the move, to support people with their mental and physical health and guidance around better decision making.

It is a referral service to support people from 11 years to adults who need a little extra support or guidance.

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Yorkshire Rewilding Network

The Yorkshire Rewilding Network want to bring Rewilding to the forefront in Yorkshire by connecting like-minded people across the region.

Whether you’re actively rewilding or learning about it for the first time, their network is a place to share ideas and experiences, find out about projects near you, learn more about ways that you can get involved and be inspired to take action.

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Employees of the John Good Group now have three weeks to vote for their favourite.

The Grants for Good Fund supports small charities, groups, and individuals passionate about making a difference to people, their community, or the environment. The fund is open to brand new projects with innovative ideas and established charities whose average income is less than £50,000 per year.