The FatFace Foundation’s strategy for 2022-2023 created a new set of targets, and alongside this, we also created a way for charities and our community members to access small grants ranging from £50 up to £5,000. Twice a year we will open the application process with £20,000 available each time! It’s first come first served so if you’re looking for funding, please keep an eye on the details on our Apply page.
A few of our recent recipients
CancerWise ~ £3,000
CancerWise is an independent cancer support charity based in Chichester, West Sussex. Established in 1983, they have 40 years of experience supporting the health & wellbeing of individuals (adults) throughout West Sussex and South East Hampshire who are affected by cancer. This includes supporting individuals from diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond. They also provide support for their adult family members, and carers, as they recognise the detrimental affect cancer can have not just on the individual, but their families too.
Here’s a little bit about the services CancerWise provide their community:
CancerWise provide Counselling and Complementary therapy support at Dukes Court in Chichester. Serving clients from Worthing across to Portsmouth, we currently provide 18 hours per week one to one adult counselling support, and a dedicated child counselling service. We also provide 15 hours per week complementary therapy support. This includes: Aromatherapy back massage / Reiki / Reflexology / Indian Head Massage / Cranial Sacral Therapy/ Acupuncture and Guided Meditation. Clients are referred to us by Cancer Nurse Specialists, GP’s, Macmillan, and can self-refer. Clients can come to us if they have received a diagnosis of cancer – or have been affected by a diagnosis of an immediate family member. We are a non-medical environment that offers support that includes monthly support groups and gentle exercise classes. We welcome people to pop in and see us – no appointment needed.
We can be reached on 01243 778516 or email@example.com
Music Fusion ~ £3,000
Music Fusion are a young person’s recording studio based in The Spring Arts Centre in Havant. Providing a safe, non-judgmental community that support some of the most vulnerable young people in Hampshire. By working closely with partners such as youth offending teams and mental health services, Music Fusion engage 11–25-year-olds using contemporary genres of music they love.
Over 30,000 young people helped since 2008.
Offering a clear progression route, from a friendly initial tour, to 1-2-1s, group sessions, studio time, performances, music videos and eventually volunteering, paid training and working as a Music Leader for us. Over half their staff are ex-attendees.
This funding will go toward their Rockschool 2023 Project which aims to help these talented young artists achieve more goals, build their confidence, self-esteem and resilience all whilst learning essential skills for later life.
‘The Music Fusion team have been willing to work with some of the most complex young people open to our service. I have been regularly astounded by the young people that have found working with traditional agencies very difficult have been very motivated and happy to attend Music Fusion on a regular basis.’ Lauren Whincop – Assistant Team Manager (Hampshire Youth Offending Team)
“I honestly cannot explain how grateful we are to have to found you guys and thank you from the bottom of my heart. The change in our child since they have joined music fusion and is just insane. They are just so much happier a weight has truly been lifted . Seeing them and all the other young people last night was so special, I got emotional. Thank you so much for making that possible and giving them the opportunity to do what they love.” Quote from mother of 14 year old.
‘Massive Respect to MusicFusion for all they do for young people. Their kind, sound principles and the safe space of their studio in Havant, changes these kids lives.’ Caroline Benson (Mum)
‘I’m absolutely awe-stricken at what you guys are achieving. It fills me with joy to know great youth work is happening; through great music.’ Chris Baker inMusic Europe Ltd
Sustrans ~ £5,000
Sustrans is a charity that works for and with communities, helping them come to life by walking, wheeling, and cycling to create healthier places and happier lives for everyone. Here’s what they will be doing with their funding:
We’d like to say a huge thank you to the Fatface Foundation for helping us to set up Portsmouth’s first school Scooter Libraries! Thanks to this grant, Arundel Court Primary Academy and St Paul’s Catholic Primary School will each be able to purchase 50 new scooters, a scooter pod and Scooter Doctor maintenance sessions.
Sustrans has been working with both schools to help them boost active travel for their pupils, who live in the most deprived parts of the city. These scooters will enable children to travel to school in style, making the school run happier and healthier for everyone.
The scooters will also help children to join in Portsmouth City Council’s upcoming School Travel Challenge. The more you move, the more you can win! Children will be walking, scooting and cycling to school for 6 weeks, hoping to win a visit from a BMX stunt display team.
The scooters will be returned to school at the end of each term, meaning hundreds of children will be able to benefit from the scooter libraries over the coming years.
Carmarthen Youth Project ~ £2,500
Carmarthen Youth Project (also known as Dr M’z) has existed as a charitable youth organisation for 25 years. A group of young people set it up on the Youth Town Council with the support of the local community to address the need for young people aged 6-25 from Carmarthen and the surrounding rural areas to have somewhere safe to go and be offered opportunities to learn skills and have fun.
Basing their work with around 5 key ways to wellbeing:
Connect – providing a space where young people can meet, interact, and participate in activities together and in the community. To organise group ‘walk and talk’ sessions where young people can sense things they are experiencing in a safe environment.
Be Active – By providing activities like sports and walking groups to keep young people moving and mentally aware.
Take Notice – by raising awareness of the world through gardening, being outdoors, visiting nature, and learning mindfulness skills.
Learn – by providing opportunities for learning new skills, accredited courses, and raising young people’s knowledge.
Give – by providing opportunities for young people to be part of their community and give back through volunteering and random acts of kindness projects
“Our work is well respected by the community and nationally through our networks. We have provided a safe, supportive and stimulating place for over 6,000 young people since 2007.”