422 Manchester project receives £25,000 Asda Foundation spaces and places grant
Congratulations to the team at 422 Manchester – part of Manchester Vineyard – who received a £25,000 Asda Foundation grant to help pay for the refurbishment and renovation of the old Longsight Boys Club.
Community Champions from some of our stores across Manchester, together with Asda Altrincham store manager Simon Lea and Martin Kendal from the Asda Foundation, were on hand to present the cheque to Stuart Hogg from Manchester Vineyard before being given a tour of the building.
Janet Parish, from our Hyde store, said: "It required a big cheque for a big project. They have transformed the old Longsight Boys Club into a place for the community to be proud of and to be used for a variety of projects and community groups including a warm hub, Bollywood dancing, food bank, community cafe , drama groups ... to name but a few. This is only the beginning of the story and we will follow the journey as it unfolds."
Laura Biddulph, community champion at our Reddish store, added: "It's just an incredible place for the community and it is open to all. We are so proud to be part of it."
Stuart, from Manchester Vineyard, thanked the Asda Foundation for getting behind the project.
He said: "The jewel in the building's crown is the splendid first floor hall which has been fully restored thanks to the Asda Foundation grant. The facilities have been updated to include a cinema quality projector, high quality sound system, acoustic treatment, accessible toilet and bi-folding windows for the mezzanine so that they can be used for music practice, crafts etc. It is now a fantastic place to have fun – for example Bollyfit dancing, free film nights, affordable parties, concerts, toddler play groups, youth clubs and the rest.
"We have already had a hugely positive reaction from the community and know it will benefit the wellbeing of many for generations to come."
The Asda Foundation Investing in Spaces and Places grants are aimed at improving spaces in the heart of local communities.
We know small grass roots organisations play a vital role in their community, making positive change and improving people’s lives every day, but the challenge for many is having the appropriate space and place to bring people together to deliver this fantastic work.
This year the Asda Foundation will be investing more than £500,000 to support bigger community projects where local people can be together and thrive.
Grants will be between £10,000 and £25,000 and the application window closes on 19th March with funding announced in June.
The grant criteria will focus on investing in community spaces and places and projects must fall into at least one of the following categories: 1. Building Repairs 2. Building Development 3. Outdoor Development.
If you have a project in mind, visit: https://www.asdafoundation.org/foundation-grants to read the full grant criteria.