Community power to KC’s people

Wed Mar 23, 2011

Community power to KC’s people

The individuals, organisations and projects that the business considers for support through its community contribution programme, KC in the Community, will now be decided by the KC Community Panel.

The team of nine people, from across KC nominated themselves to be part of the panel and meet once a month to assess each request for support.

Anna Millar, KC’s Community Relations Manager, said: “We encourage our people to play a role in our community contributions, and there isn’t a bigger role than making the decisions that directly benefit the communities we serve, and that shape our programme.

“The response we had from our people was overwhelming.  When assessing each request for support, for financial or business support, they bring their own life experiences and knowledge of their communities to the table. After only two meetings they have already shown great understanding of our community priorities and aims.”

Once a quarter the panel also allocates KC Community Grants to local causes and projects. In the last round of grants they awarded £500 to Special Smiles, a charity that organises day trips for children with life limiting illnesses. They also awarded £250 to the Hallgate Primary School Judo Club, run by judo World Champion Karen Briggs, and £200 to St Georges Primary School to enable the school to buy outdoor play equipment.

To apply for a grant of up to £500 or to seek business services or financial support above £500, apply online by visiting the community pages of the KC website, , call Anna Millar on (01482) 602831 or email

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