Cash from the Milton Keynes Citizen makes a difference to two community projects

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The Citizen’s community fund has helped provide circus fun for hundreds of people this month.

Our monthly grant has also made a splash with schoolchildren working on pond project .

The MK Citizen awards cash every month of the year, via the MK Community Foundation, to worthy causes.

This month Woughton Community Council asked for £200 to enhance their carnival by offering local people the chance to learn circus skills.

They paid for trained staff and bought circus equipment for people to try.

MK Community Foundation’s Kaymarie Smith went along on the day. She said: “It was a fantastic event. There were people of all ages having a go at circus skills including the tightrope, swinging bar and acrobatic equipment.”

Meanwhile in Giffard Park, the official Friends of the Pond group were delighted to receive their grant of £244.

The money funded their tile project - a scheme enabling Giffard Park schoolchildren to design and make pottery tiles to landscape the area around the pond.

The pupils worked with a local potter to create and fire their designs.

It is hoped that by taking part in this project the children have developed a pride and interest in maintaining their local environment. 
Natalie Jordan from the community foundation said: “It is a great project that encourages young people to feel they are part of their environment. It has been brilliant for the children to see the different processes involved.

“We look forward to seeing the tiles laid around the pond.”

We are always on the look out for good causes that would benefit from a grant from the Citizen.

Local community projects can visit www.mkcommunityfoundation.co.uk to check the criteria