Wednesday 6th October saw the Foundation celebrate its year of giving for 2021 – 22, awarding almost £3M through 596 grants concluding another successful year of supporting the West Midlands’ and Warwickshire’s brilliant communities.

The Heart of England Community Foundation has spent the past 27 years supporting projects that tackle local issues across the region. HoECF Celebrates hosted at Coventry Rugby, kindly sponsored by CCLA, was an evening of celebrating, including the Foundation’s 27th year of giving which saw a grand total of £2,973,478 awarded to 596 projects.

Commenting on the evening, Chief Executive Tina Costello, said:

“Every year sees the Heart of England Community Foundation grow from strength to strength; we started out awarding just £2000 in our first year and to think that we’re now way into the millions is incredible. Tonight has been a wonderful celebration of our generous donors, supporters and our fantastic community groups that we’re honoured to support.


“All our grants have a significant, direct impact on local communities across the West Midlands and Warwickshire and tonight has been a testament to that. Through showcasing our work with Arts Council England for the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund supporting creative and cultural projects which will leave a legacy for years to come, to our work with Birmingham City Council for the Edgbaston and Northfield NNS Fund supporting older people and adults with learning difficulties. For us, the small projects needing just a few hundred pounds are still just as important as the larger grants that we give.


“That said, during the current cost-of-living crisis our event was important to launch our Cost-of-Living campaign as we aim to raise £500,000 to support community groups who need extra funding for their rising running costs to ensure they can continue to provide their vital services.”

The event also showcased the incredible work of local community organisations including Wild Earth UK, Together for Change Coventry and Warwickshire, Welcome Group Halesowen, Make Good Grow as well as performances by Broad Street Hall and Midland Mencap.