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Houghton Village website

Community Benefit Fund

Houghton Village website Community Benefit Fund

Houghton Community Benefit Fund (HCBF) is a charity set up to administer the windfall community benefit fund donated to the village by the developer of the Eveley Solar Farm.

It is run by a group of local trustees and makes funds available for projects large and small in Houghton which have a benefit for our community, or a section of it.  

Projects funded (or approved for funding) include:

  • new lighting for All Saints' Church
  • a WI Centenary booklet
  • new signage for the Houghton Trail
  • a new table tennis table for the Village Hall
  • updated edition of the Millennium History of Houghton publication

The HCBF trustees do not initiate projects; we administer the trust, invest its funds and make decisions on applications for grants. Anyone in the parish can make an application for a community benefit grant - whether on behalf of an existing organisation or not. We would very much like to hear from you if you have an idea for a project with a community benefit which you'd like to pursue and which needs funding.  We can also help you with more details of what can be funded (we can't, for example, fund education in institutions) and how to make an application.

If you would like to apply for such a grant, then please use the attached form and return to me either by email or by post (address below). 

The Trustees will present a report at the Parish Assembly each year in April/May.

A copy of the HCBF’s constitution can be found on the Charity Commission website at:  

http://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Showcharity/RegisterOfCharities/CharityWithoutPartB.aspx?RegisteredCharityNumber=1175843&SubsidiaryNumber=0

or use the charity number 1175843 in the search facility.

Please do get in touch if you would like any further information.

Ingrid Burt, Secretary, Houghton Community Benefit Fund

Please click on the link below to download a copy of the HCBF Grant Application Form.

HCBF Grant Application Form HCBF-Grant-Application-Form.pdf 142.5 KB

We are currently looking for two new Trustees and are now welcoming applications.  If you would like to hear more about the activities of the HCBF and the responsibilities of being Trustee then please do get in touch with me or indeed any of the other Trustees.

Deadline for applications:  30 November 2019

Ingrid Burt, Secretary