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Community Support from The Melton Building Society

Charitable Foundation

June Roper
The June Roper Sporting Trust for charities or non-profit making organisations or individuals from an underprivileged background with a focus on sport. See below for further details

The Melton Mowbray Building Society Charitable Foundation was launched in 1998 to promote and support local charitable and community activity. The principal objective of the Foundation is to help people and organisations in need within a 15 mile radius of each of the Building Society’s branch offices in Melton Mowbray, Grantham and Oakham.

The Melton makes an annual contribution to the Foundation and the Foundation divides its resources between two areas of activity:

1. Community Projects

The Foundation commits at least 33% and up to 50% of the annual contribution made by the Society to either kickstart a community project or to establish an enduring activity or initiative for the benefit of the community. Any donations made from sources other than the Society’s own contributions will be matched by the Society, subject to a maximum level at the discretion of the Society’s Board of Directors.

2. Community Activities

The Foundation also supports a variety of local worthwhile needs.  Types of request considered by the Foundation will be from:

  • Young people, particularly those who are disadvantaged
  • Vulnerable groups such as the frail elderly, people with physical disability, people with learning difficulties or those who are mentally ill
  • Small neighbourhood groups in areas experiencing the greatest disadvantage
  • Communities and voluntary organisations seeking assistance in the achievement of social and community development.

For further information about our Charitable Foundation and how to apply, please click here.

Since 2010 the Foundation has helped kickstart projects for Dove Cottage Day Hospice, the Melton Community Garden, the Community Heartbeat Trust, a local almshouse development, Home-Start and Asfordby Hill Community Group. The Foundation has also supported local kids breakfast clubs, Living Without Abuse, Sense, Listening Books and many other local community groups.

The Foundation is a registered charity (registration number 1067348) and is controlled by trustees who meet quarterly in March, June, September and December to determine how if funds are distributed to those in need.

How you can help us

If you wish to help the Foundation to support the local community either by making a donation or by arranging fundraising or support for our chosen community project, the Foundation trustees will be extremely grateful. To discuss any support for our chosen Community Project, please contact us on 01664 414141.

How to apply for charitable support

Individuals or organisations within the Foundation catchment area will be eligible to apply for charitable support from the Foundation. The Foundation trustees have the sole power to accept or decline any applications received.

In the interests of fairness, if you are successful in making an application to the Foundation, you will be unable to apply for further assistance within the following 12 months from the date of grant. If you think you are eligible to apply, please write, with full details to:

The Secretary to the Trustees
Melton Mowbray Building Society Charitable Foundation, Mutual House, Leicester Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0DB

For further information, please click here.

The June Roper Sporting Trust

June RoperJune Roper MBE was born in Melton in 1924 and played and coached tennis and badminton in the local area for more than 68 years. June became Hamilton Tennis Club’s first female club captain and represented the Club at numerous tournaments. She was an enthusiastic supporter of young players and in 2010 launched a primary school tennis project run by club coaches which resulted in 12 local schools receiving free coaching throughout the summer and winter.

June combined her sporting pursuits with an enormous amount of charity work. In 2005 her hard work for Macmillan Cancer Support and other causes earned her an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

In her Will, June kindly made a donation to her local Building Society’s Charitable Foundation. June had a long standing relationship with the Melton Building Society and trusted the Society’s Charitable Foundation to administer her legacy wisely. In line with her wishes, the Charitable Foundation has set up a special trust – the June Roper Sporting Trust – to ensure June’s legacy supports charities or non-profit making organisations or individuals from an underprivileged backgrounds with a focus on sport.

How to apply

Like many other Trusts, we receive many more applications than we can fund. The Trust will only support charities or non-profit making organisations or individuals from an underprivileged background with a focus on sport.

Please send or email a letter, no more than two sides of A4, telling us the following details:

  • Your name or the name of your organisation – what you do and how you will benefit from the Trust’s support;
  • Funding – why you need funding, details of the project and approximate funding requirements;
  • Location – we will only support requests that fall within the Melton Borough catchment area

All letters are studied by the Administrator and at least one Trustee who determine the outcome of your proposal. Please be aware it may take up to 2 months to get back to you with the outcome. Click here to find out more.

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