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Blenheim is launching a bursary of up to £50,000 which will be made available to local charities and projects in 2019.

The bursary will be available to all charities and organisations based within a 20-mile radius of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Interested parties will be able to submit applications from November 1st until January 31st 2019.

Successful candidates will be notified by the end of February next year with funds being made available from April 1st.

Blenheim’s Stephanie Duncan said:  “As part of our 10-Year Plan we are committed to doubling our charitable contributions to the community and the new charity bursary will enable us to allocate funding for charities and community projects going forward.

“We will strive to distribute the contributions amongst those applications that most represent a positive impact and benefit to the local area.

“Applications are welcome across charity and community projects, including education, infrastructure, transport and charity,” she added.

Among those who have already benefited from recent donations are the Woodstock Youth Club which received over £5,000, Wooton-by-Woodstock Playground Project which were given £10,000 and Cassington Primary School, who have received £5,000.

Cassington Village Sports Pavilion will soon receive £5,000 and Long Hanborough Playgroup will also receive £7,500.

Other projects which have received charitable donations from Blenheim Palace include the refurbishment of St Mary’s Church in Woodstock and the creation of a new community garden at St Hugh of Lincoln by the Estate’s Gardens Team.

A recently published study by Oxford Brookes Business School showed that Blenheim donated £1.6m to charities in 2017-18, a 52 per cent increase on the previous year.

To find out more about the new bursary, and to apply, go to https://www.blenheim.org/community/charity-community-bursary.htm

 


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