Today this newspaper proudly announces the launch of the Citizen Community Fund to support local charities.
The fund has been set up in partnership with MK Community Foundation with the first of the awards going to Waterhall Stars Football Club in Bletchley.
Editor Olga Norford said: “The MK Citizen is delighted to start the New Year by awarding the first grant from its fund with the Community Foundation which celebrates its 30th birthday in 2016.
“The Citizen is partnering MK Community Foundation in its anniversary year by awarding a grant each month to charities and community groups which help make Milton Keynes a great place to live, work and raise a family.
“The Citizen has worked with MK Community Foundation for nearly 20 years helping the charity’s important work inMilton Keynes.”
The first award of £1,500 will support Waterhall Stars Football Club which helps young people aged from eight-18 play for the club who would otherwise not be able to take part in the sport.
The club is run entirely by volunteers and helps young people enjoy football in a safe environment.
It’s open to everyone with more than 100 boys and girls from all backgrounds playing every week with teams ranging from Under 7s to Under 18s. The grant will fund bursary places for young people to attend the club as well as paying for transport to matches for those who cannot afford the entry and transport fees.
Viv Dixon, a club spokesman, said: This funding helps make it possible for every kid to play fiootball.
“Lots of parents worry about the cost of sending their children to the club and this funding helps us provide equal opportunities regardless of background.
“For any parents with children who want to play football please bring them to the club.
“Everyone is welcome.”
n Groups in need of funding for good causes in Milton Keynes should contact MK Community Foundation on 01908 690276 or visit www.mkcommunityfoundation.co.uk for more information.