Trade retailer Screwfix has set up a charity to raise funding which can be given as grants to registered charities to fix, maintain and improve facilities for those in need in the UK.
The Screwfix Foundation, established earlier this year, will raise money through staff fundraising events as well as from collection boxes placed in its 280 stores. Screwfix is continuing its partnership with Pennies, the electronic charity box which enables customers to round up their payments to the nearest pound with all money donated now going direct to The Screwfix Foundation.
The money will be given both to its charity partners and to smaller local charities who can apply for funding through the Screwfix Foundation website. This year’s charity partners are Barnado’s children’s charity and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Any charity that is registered in the UK and has a project that involves fixing, maintaining or repairing buildings or facilities for people in need may apply for funding. There is, at the moment, no set limit. Grants are determined on a case by case basis, and funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. The grants can be used for a range of projects whether it’s repairing a run-down building or decorating the home of a family living with illness and disability.
Regarding the Foundation’s launch, Screwfix’s Marketing Director John Mewett said:
“Over the years we have supported a number of charities on both a national and local level, operating in a range of sectors. We’re delighted to be in a position to set up The Screwfix Foundation this year. We’re raising money for building and maintenance projects that our national charity partners are involved with, as well as helping the many local projects and causes which are at the heart of the communities in which we operate through our national store network. There is an extremely strong level of staff support for charity fundraising and our customers are equally charitable, as shown by the engagement in our recent campaign for testicular and prostate cancer charity, Everyman.”
Applications can be submitted at any time and an application form can be found on The Screwfix Foundation website (opens new window).