Established over 36 years ago, Milton Keynes Community Foundation is a grant-making charity sending funding where it’s needed most in the city. Over those years it has awarded over £18m in rent subsidies and £15m in grant programmes.
In response to the growing challenges faced by charities and community groups, MK Community Foundation launched its Cost-of-Living Winter Appeal on this year’s Giving Tuesday.
The appeal aims to address the rising costs faced by charities and community organisations as they navigate a post-Covid, and now, high cost-of-living world in delivering vital services to vulnerable residents in Milton Keynes.
As the cost of living rises, so do the running costs of charities working to support those hit hardest in our community. As temperatures plummet, the Foundation invites individuals, businesses and philanthropists to join hands in supporting the cost-of-living fund. This fund will directly assist local charities and community groups by alleviating some of the financial strain brought about by rising operational costs.
The generosity shown by the community last year meant that MK Community Foundation were able to support organisations with targeted financial support.
Many of CarersMK’s service users confided in the charity and stressed just how much they were struggling to heat their homes and provide food for their families due to the increased costs.
CarersMK received a crucial £10,000 cost-of-living grant from MK Community Foundation, so that they could offer financial support to unpaid carers through the challenging winter months.
This allowed them to provide £200 one-off payments to 50 families, providing a lifeline amid the cost-of-living crisis. The grant significantly enhanced mental wellbeing, addressing urgent needs like utility bills and food.
One carer, who provided full-time care to a partner with memory impairment, faced significant financial strain. Unable to work, they struggled with household bills and transportation costs, forcing them to walk, worsening their back problem. The cost-of-living payment played a crucial role in managing their expenses and alleviating stress.
Ways You Can Help
There are many ways you can make a difference in Milton Keynes, by donating through MK Community Foundation, including;
- A one-off donation
- Becoming a Friend
- Donating your winter fuel payment