We couldn't provide our services without the generous support of our funders. Read more about how we are supported below.
Sir James Knott Trust supports charitable activity in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Hartlepool, by making grants to organisations such as Acorns. This year, we are incredibly pleased to have received £10,000 per year for three years, thanks to the generosity of the Trustees. The aim of Sir James Knott Trust is to help improve the conditions of people living and working in the North East of England. The Trustees try to follow the wishes and interests of the Trust’s founder where this is compatible with the present day needs of the North East, and we are most grateful for this funding which will allow us to continue to support our service users.
In July 2021, we were the proud recipients of £20,000 awarded to us by the People's Postcode Trust. The Trust is a grant-giving charity, funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Since launching in 2005 players of the lottery have raised raised hundreds of millions of pounds for thousands of organisations across Britain and internationally. By providing financial support for charities and good causes, People’s Postcode Trust helps communities combat discrimination, prevent poverty and promote human rights. In making this award, the Trust has shown its appreciation of the challenging circumstances we currently face and acknowledge the hard work we continue to undertake to make sure that we can continue to provide help, support and services.
Acorns is absolutely thrilled to receive a one year grant of £25,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation, for 2021-22. The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, charitable grant-making foundation, which supports a wide range of causes across the UK, donating over £80 million annually. The Foundation was established in 1958 by Willard Garfield Weston, a businessman who moved to the UK with his family in 1932, and has made a positive impact on numerous projects, both large and small, throughout the United Kingdom. The Trustees today are all lineal descendants of the founder and remain committed to continuing the family’s philanthropic ethos that has made the Foundation one of the largest and most respected charitable institutions in the country. Acorns is extremely grateful for this substantial grant which will enable us to continue our important work.
We are delighted that the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation has awarded us £30,000 core funding for three years, making a total of £90,000. The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation are a grant making foundation giving grants to small and medium sized local organisations in the UK with a demonstrable track record of success working to address local issues in communities of extreme urban deprivation and deprived rural districts. The Foundation was formed in 1997 following the merger between Trust House Forte plc and Granada plc, and became a registered charity in 1997, with investments totalling circa £80 million. The return from these investments provides the annual grants budget of some £2.5 million which is awarded to charitable organisations and projects. We are incredibly grateful to the Foundation for this huge amount of support.
The generous grant of £15,000 comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends from across England and Wales. The MCF is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country. Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the MCF awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people. The MCF also helps to fund vital services such as hospices and regularly contributes to worldwide appeals for disaster relief. In total, MCF support helps to improve the lives of thousands of people every year in England, Wales and internationally. As well as providing grants to charities, the MCF supports Masonic families with a financial, health, family or care need.
Acorns has been awarded funding from the National Lottery Reaching Communities Grant; £120,000 over three years. The National Lottery’s grants for grassroots and community activity aims to bring people together and building strong relationships in and across communities, improve the places and spaces that matter to communities, and enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage. We are also very grateful to have received Covid Emergency Funding, which has helped us to keep going during the pandemic.
We are extremely grateful to have been awarded grants by three of the Northumbria PCC Funds: Supporting Victims Fund, Covid Emergency Fund, & Children Affected by Domestic Abuse Fund. We know from our work that early intervention and support can make a huge difference to adults, children and young people who have gone through experiences of domestic abuse, giving them the best possible chance of recovery. It is imperative that families are able to reach out, and when they do, that our services are there for them, not just in the short term, but over the coming months and years, and these grants will ensure that we are able to continue our work.
We are extremely lucky to have received support from various philanthropic individuals and organisations through the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. We have used the funding that we received to help mitigate the pandemic’s damaging effects on levels of domestic violence and food poverty in North Tyneside, whilst remaining flexible and responsive in our approach to tackling the needs of our beneficiaries and expanding our staff team. Funding applications for project work can take months to be processed, so grants such as this, coming at a time of our greatest need, made an immediate difference to the children and young people who access our services, and their families.
We were absolutely delighted to be crowned the winner of the Scottish Power Foundation: Innovation Award in December 2020, for our expansion into Northumberland to deliver play therapy to children affected by domestic abuse and violence. The award enables us to help even more children who have experienced domestic abuse in wider Northumberland. We are hugely grateful to the Scottish Power Foundation for the support and recognition of the vital work we do. The award is a testament to the dedication of our team and to the courageous young people we work with.
We are the proud recipients of funding from the annual BBC Children In Need UK-wide appeal, putting the money raised by the great British public to work all year round in communities right across the UK. We fund local charities and projects who help remove the barriers that are facing children and young people, so that they can thrive. This funding supports our core work, supporting children and young people to have improved emotional wellbeing and resilience, stronger relationships and to develop their confidence and self-esteem.
In February 2021 we were awarded £10,000 by LGA Foundation, a North East charity supporting local organisations who tackle poverty, and support youth, special needs, mental health and women's projects, among other worthy causes. This funding will help us to continue our work supporting families affected by domestic abuse in North Tyneside and Northumberland. It's going to be a tough year following the pandemic, and this will ensure that we are able to continue to provide our essential services, and we are immensely grateful to LGA Foundation for their support.
The Co-op Local Community Fund supports UK projects that Co-op members care about. Every time members spend £1 on selected Co-op branded products and services and scan their card or app, 2p goes to local causes a helping hand. Anyone who registers Acorns as their preferred local charity can help us out every time they shop, at no extra cost, and can even choose to donate their own cashback rewards to us as well. We'll use the funds raised to help us provide activities such as day trips, sports clubs, Christmas treats and craft and music sessions for our children and young people. Have a look at our Co-op Local Community Fund page here.
Waiting lists have continued to increase throughout the Covid-19 lockdown period and as such, with current resources, waiting times are now much longer. Waiting times have gone from 8-10 weeks before lockdown, to upwards of 4-6 months, and we expect an increase in demand as lockdowns continue and as families gradually return to work and school and are able to seek help for things that have been happening at home. This generous award will support Acorns to deliver counselling support to 80 children during the early part of 2021. It will enable us to respond to issues caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, reduce waiting times and reach young people in extremely rural settings.