I’ve been doing a small survey of charities based in Wye – to see if any of them have charitable aims of ‘advancing sustainability in Wye’ or ‘giving to anyone with the initials JB who was born in 1964’…
There are actually quite a few charities based in the village. Some are local offshoots of national organisations (the Royal Airforce Association – Wye Branch for example). Some are based around the Church (the Association of the Friends of St Gregory and St Martin at Wye, and the Wye Ecclesiastical Charities).
Then there are two associated with the College (The Wye College Foundation Trust and the Agricola Club Memorial Fund), the Wye Almshouses Charity, the Village Hall and Recreational Field Charity, Wye Under-5s, Wye Historical Society, the Wye and Brook India Trust, Wye Rural Museum Trust…
The above are either not grant-making bodies or they have aims which are so specific that they exclude general applications from villagers.
However there are two charities which do encourage applications:
- The School Foundation (307567) which ‘provides financial help to young people up to the age of 25 for purchase of books, equipment, travel costs, to attend university or other higher educational establishments. They also make grants to Wye Primary School for things not provided by the local educational authority.’
- The Children’s Playing Field Charity (302898) dispenses funds for ‘the provision and maintenance, including support by means of grants or loans, of recreational or leisure facilities and services for children and young people aged up to and including eighteen, in the parish of Wye with Hinxhill in Kent, UK’.
Both of these charities have incomes of about £7,000 a year.
So.. if you’re young in Wye, you’re in the money… But you just need to work out how to spend it. (More on that later this week.)