Basingstoke Voluntary Action (BVA), the borough’s umbrella organisation for the voluntary and community sector, has been busy over the past year working with the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Cllr. Jane Frankum.
At Mayor Making, the Mayor announced her plans for her year. Historically Mayors have chosen two or three charities to benefit from local fundraising, but this year the Mayor intends to team up with BVA so that all local groups and charities have the opportunity to benefit from the Mayoral Charity.
Cllr. Frankum has been raising money tol be used to award grants to local groups and charities for delivering projects which will enable her vision for 'Everyone Can' in the borough. Throughout the initiative people will not only be able to donate financially to support the grants to local groups, but also donate voluntary hours, or even set up a new group which BVA can help and advise on.
The application award process is administered by Basingstoke Voluntary Action (BVA) via a Mayor's Community Chest Grants Panel which she will chair. BVA will also be supporting fundraising for the Mayor's Charity Appeal 2016/2017 with the use of crowdfunding and from a 'Mayor's Community Chest' fundraising committee.
Charities can claim Gift Aid on donations made by UK taxpayers. This is an extra 25p per £1 donated at no additional cost to yourself. If you would like to make a Gift Aid declaration please fill in the attached Declaration Form and submit it to BVA with your donation.
For more information on the Mayor's Community Chest Grants 2016/2017 and how you can apply visit: www.basingstoke.gov.uk/mayorcharity
The final round closes on 30th April 2017, applications reviewed by 4th May, decisions within a week and responses within two weeks.