The fund is currently open for applications from groups helping young people in Shaftesbury and grants of up to £2000 are available. The types of projects the fund will support are initiatives which improve young people’s mental health, address anti-social behaviour or raise aspirations (not an exhaustive list).
Sara Jacson MBE, who founded Toby’s 20 years ago and is one of the fund holders explained: ‘We were very pleased that through our partnership with the Dorset Community Foundation we can continue the legacy of Toby’s to support young people in Shaftesbury. By working in partnership and using the Foundation’s grant making expertise, we are looking forward to supporting projects which make a difference to young people’s lives.’
Jon Yates, Chief Executive at the Foundation explained: ‘We are very pleased to be launching this new fund set up from a closing down charity which will continue the primary aims into the future. The Foundation’s Dorset wide reach and broad objectives enable us to set up a tailored fund which replicates the original charity’s aims. We are looking forward to extending the existing support we offer to local young people specifically focusing on Shaftsbury and the surrounding areas.’
To find out more about the fund or apply, please click here.