Quartet Community Foundation celebrates £50 million

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Tess Cartwright from Invisible Youth; Sue Turner CEO Quartet Community Foundation; Harriet Walker family of Penny Johnstone and Kate Bevan from Invisible Youth cut the cake to celebrate £50 million in grants handed out to local community groups.
Philanthropists, projects and other supporters came together to help Quartet celebrate £50 million in grants awarded since 1987.

Quartet Community Foundation is celebrating handing out £50 million in grants since it was founded in 1987. The charity’s Chief Executive Sue Turner is proud to say 32 years later that it’s stuck to its original remit of giving money “to where it’s most needed.”

Back in 1987 the Foundation awarded £16,585 worth of grants to 19 projects, including ACTA, who received a grant for drama work with young people struggling at school. Over the last three decades Quartet have supported ACTA with many grants so it seemed fitting that ACTA and the Malcolm X Elders were chosen to perform at Quartet’s Annual Celebration last night. They put on a special performance of ‘We have overcome’ which tells the true stories of the Windrush Generation.

To mark the £50 million milestone the third Penny Johnstone Award – set up in memory of Quartet’s Founding Director – and a £500 cheque was awarded to Tess Cartwright and Kate Bevan from Invisible Youth, a group based at Felix Road Adventure Playground, Easton. The award recognises the benefit of the fun and creative opportunities they offer local children, including Roma children.

From humble beginnings in 1987 when 19 groups, including Dhek Ball (formerly Barton Hill Asian Women’s Group), Windmill Hill City Farm and Clutton Toy Library received between £100 and £2,500 each, the Foundation has grown steadily. Last year Quartet awarded 877 grants worth over £3.5 million to small, local causes.

Sue Turner: ‘The grant-giving is where it all started’

“People involved in Quartet in the early days had a vision of how philanthropy could make a difference to local communities. What I’m most proud of is that Quartet Community Foundation has kept its original remit of giving money to where it’s most needed – to small charities and organisations that many people may never have heard of, but who we know do an amazing job of supporting local people in need.

“Personally I find it inspiring to see the real impact that work has. We’ve gone on to expand our work, such as developing our knowledge through our research, but the grant-giving is where it all started and it continues to flourish.

“It’s a wonderful thing for everyone at Quartet Community Foundation to know the funding is being used to do so much good and to continue to empower and boost communities, and to know that the small, local community groups find us approachable and open to growing together.

“None of this would have happened without the vision of those early philanthropists, and the new ones who join us each year.”

What does Quartet Community Foundation do?

Quartet Community Foundation is dedicated to inspiring philanthropy to improve life in B&NES, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. It specialises in offering philanthropy advice and support to the 277 philanthropists who hold funds with them, and these funds are then used for grant-making to local causes.

It offers a range of grants to local voluntary and charitable groups, including its Express Grant Programme, which offers grants of up to £5,000 and is open all year. It also offers other grants programmes, including some available specifically for groups in certain areas such as the North Somerset Community Transport Fund and the B&NES Community Wellness Fund.