RUMBLETUMS AWARDED £150,000 GRANT FROM POWER TO CHANGE
Rumbletums is very pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant of £150,000 from Power to Change, as independent trust that supports community businesses in England.
Rumbletums Community Café launched its fund-raising campaign almost a year ago in July 2018. In order to continue its work as a supported training project, offering work experience to young people with a learning disability, it is necessary to buy the premises it has rented since 2011.
This grant will give Rumbletums £120,000 towards the purchase of the premises and another £30,000 to prepare for refurbishments that will enhance its place as a community hub. Rumbletums will continue to raise funds but now can, at last, be confident of the future of Rumbletums in the heart of Kimberley.
Derek Gardiner, Chairman of Rumbletums Trustees said: “We are absolutely delighted and very grateful to have received this grant from Power to Change. We are also so pleased that the local community has overwhelmingly showed its support for Rumbletums and rallied to our cause. Since July 2018 we have raised over £49,000 from donations and through events. We have also been promised an award of £10,000 from a separate charitable trust which, in total, is the target we set out raise.
“We have so many people and organisations to thank for their commitment and perseverance in raising funds for us – Power to Change of course, but also those who organised or volunteered at events or gave up their time in other fundraising initiatives or who donated directly or through our GoFundMe page, and also Jeff Buck who tirelessly co-ordinated the application to Power to Change. We would also like to thank our staff and volunteers for their loyalty and commitment through these difficult months and of course, our trainees, who work so hard and make the whole project so worthwhile.
“Rumbletums was set up to offer work experience opportunities and training to young people with learning disabilities and the need for this sort of service has not diminished in the nearly eight years we’ve been in business. We’re determined that Rumbletums will survive and continue to offer a service to the people of Kimberley and to young people from across the county. Thank You!”
Kate Stewart, Director of Programmes at Power to Change said: “We’re delighted to be able to support Rumbletums with this grant. The amount they have raised already from their local communuty just goes to show how much they are valued already. We know how important it is for community businesses to have the security of their own premises – now there will be no stopping them!
The Community Business Fund offers grants between £50,000 and £300,000 to existing community businesses, based in England. Grants are designed to help community businesses to grow and become more financially sustainable. For further information follow this link.
About Power to Change
Power to Change is the independent trust that supports community businesses in England.
Community businesses are locally rooted, community-led, trade for community benefit and make life better for local people. The sector is worth £1.05 billion and comprises 7,800 community businesses across England who employ 33,600 people. (Source: Community Business Market 2018)
From pubs to libraries; shops to bakeries; swimming pools to solar farms; community businesses are creating great products and services, providing employment and training and transforming lives. Power to Change received its endowment from the National Lottery Community Fund in 2015.
About the National Lottery Community Fund
We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.
We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.