Charity fund launched for Marlow’s youth community

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Marlow’s Rotary Clubs have teamed up with the Shanly Foundation, the charitable arm of the Shanly Groups of companies, to launch a new community fund to support the development of young people in Marlow. A minimum sum of £5,000 is being made available which youth organisations and groups can apply for to help with their initiatives. 

Marlow, Marlow Thames and Marlow Bridge Rotary Clubs will be taking applications for new projects or existing projects until February 2018 and will confirm award grants in April next year.

Successful applications can win up to £2,500 as the main award, and there will be at least two other awards of up to £1,250. Winning entries will be selected through an application and assessment process, details to be found via the Marlow Thames Rotary website (

John Prout, President of Marlow Thames Rotary Club, says: “As the world’s largest registered charity, Rotary is renowned for its efforts in raising money, and we feel that this new initiative allows interesting and new ideas to be supported on a local basis. We are keeping the entry criteria fairly open, but in awarding funds our core assessment will be quite simply: ‘Will this initiative allow young people to develop their contribution to the local community?’

“It might be related to community work, training and personal development, mentoring, supporting those with special needs, or similar. We’re keen for applicants to demonstrate how they will use the funds to set up a new project or support an existing initiative.”

The Youth in the Community Grant process is supported by the Shanly Foundation. Foundation Trustee Tamra Booth says: “the Foundation has supported a number of individual community groups and organisations in Marlow over the years, so the opportunity to launch a fund for local young people was something we were delighted to support the Rotary Clubs with.”

Marlow’s Town Mayor, Jocelyn Towns, adds: “The Rotary Clubs in Marlow have long been associated with active involvement in all sections of the local community. The provision of these grants is another outstanding example of Rotary offering really practical support, and I am so pleased that the Shanly Foundation have teamed up with them on this initiative. This fits with our Vision for Marlow, developing youth involvement.  I really would encourage local youth organisations to take advantage of this great opportunity and to think about new and innovative development ideas.”

Completed applications will need to be received by 28th February 2018. Rotary members will be available to advise on the content and requirements of the grant process. Applications will then be assessed and decisions will be made and communicated by the end of April 2018.

For terms and conditions and to download an application, visit:

Article author: Paul Merchant

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