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External Launch of the Hillcrest Foundation

Posted: June 16, 2022

We are delighted to announce the formal external launch of the Hillcrest Foundation.

Since 2013, our internal Gift Aid initiative has supported 205 projects and activities with grant funding of close to £1.2 million. The scheme focused on transforming the quality of life for people facing severe and multiple disadvantages, and many of the services piloted by funding are now core functions in the organisation.

The Hillcrest Gift Aid scheme has been formally replaced by the Hillcrest Foundation, an exciting initiative that brings several fundraising processes under one umbrella. The Foundation secures funds through the profitable arms of Hillcrest, trusts and corporate supporters. Managed by a group of charitable trustees, the Foundation also offers further opportunity to support external community initiatives and build on our corporate social responsibility.

We are also very excited to share that Chris van der Kuyl CBE will serve as the Foundation’s Ambassador for its inaugural year. Chris, a local Dundonian, is one of Scotland’s leading entrepreneurs working across the technology, media, gaming and entertainment sectors. He is most notably co-founder and chairman of 4J Studios, a next-generation video game development studio responsible for the global phenomenon Minecraft.

As the Hillcrest Foundation’s Ambassador, Chris brings a wealth of expertise and corporate connections, and will play a key role in raising awareness of the Hillcrest Foundation; and in supporting our regional fundraising initiatives.

How to apply:

External applications for funding are open from Monday 20 June 2022 until 5pm on Friday 15 July 2022. Grant amounts for external applicants can range from £500 – £5,000.  If you know of any organisations, groups or charities who might be interested in applying, please help us spread the word!

Internal applications from staff for funding are also invited and grant amounts can range from £500 – £10,000.

An all staff email will be issued on Monday 20 June, with more information on the Internal application process.  You can also direct any queries to Clare McNally, Fundraising and Grants Officer at: CMcNally@hillcresthomes.org.uk