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Charities and voluntary groups urged to apply for share of cash windfall

Charities and voluntary groups urged to apply for share of cash windfall

The Lovewell Blake LB150 Fund gives out grants of up to £2,000 to charities, voluntary groups and community organisations, distributing money raised by staff and partners at the firm during the past 12 months.

Last year more than £30,000 was shared by 19 organisations, with cash going to a wide range of good causes ranging from a community play van and an organisation providing mentoring to young people with mental health issues, to a community gym and a local amateur theatre company.

The LB150 Fund was set up in 2008 to mark the firm’s 150th anniversary, with the aim of raising £150,000 for local charities and community groups. To date the fund has given out grants worth over £250,000. The fund is administered by the Norfolk Community Foundation, in partnership with its counterparts in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

“We are delighted to open the eleventh annual grants round from our LB150 Fund,” said Lovewell Blake’s CSR partner Gary Flatt. “It is a real pleasure to receive applications from smaller, local groups, as these are the organisations working at grassroots level in our communities which can really make a big difference.

“We have worked hard with the Community Foundation to make the application process simple, and I would urge organisations to come forward and bid for a share of this year’s fund.

“Our staff work hard all year, undertaking a variety of fundraising initiatives; this part of the process is the bit which makes it all worthwhile."

Community organisations interested in applying for grants from the LB150 Fund can apply via their local Community Foundation. For details, go to the Norfolk Foundation website; there are also links here for organisations in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. The deadline for grant applications is 4 October.

Pictured above: Members of the Norwich Diocesan Play Van group at Baconsthorpe who received a grant in 2018 from the LB150 fund.

Article by Lovewell Blake (Lowestoft)

Lovewell Blake is one of the largest independent firms of chartered accountants in East Anglia - a position which has developed through steady growth of our client portfolio and through merger with like-minded groups of professionals in key locations within the region.

As one of the largest firms of independent chartered accountants in East Anglia we have in-house expertise in a wide variety of services and industries to meet your needs. We have 25 partners and more than 200 staff working for the benefit of our clients.

Our tax consultancy team provides solutions to complex problems for many clients and also liaises closely with solicitors, land agents and other accountants on the more complicated aspects of compliance and mitigation.

Our corporate finance team has assisted in purchases and disposals of businesses throughout the region and our computer consultancy team has advised on many Sage accounting system applications to both clients and non-clients.

We also have separate departments dealing with business recovery and insolvency problems and grant applications. We are able to deal with the accounting, audit and tax requirements of all industries but we have particular expertise in those services to the following: agriculture, medical practices, regulated businesses, construction industry, licensed trade, charities, dentists and the legal profession.