TransPennine Express (TPE) is to donate over £7,500 to two local projects in Greater Manchester, with £5,000 being donated to Station South in Levenshulme and £2,600 to Heatons’ Men in Sheds.
Community projects across the North of England and Scotland were invited to apply for grants of up to £5,000 as part of the TPE Transform fund and the lucky recipients have now been confirmed after a public vote.
The money donated to Station South will help them transform a large, inaccessible area, that once formed part of the main platform of the old Levenshulme Station South building into a welcoming garden that benefits both local people and wildlife.
Meanwhile, the money for Heatons’ Men in Sheds will buy tools and materials to build various items for the local streets and parks; including planters for flowers and raised communal herb gardens; benches to encourage the public to get out and about, as well as bird, bat and insect boxes.
Pauline Johnston, Director at Station South, said: “We’re overjoyed and very grateful to receive the Transform Grant which will go some way to help realising our vision for an urban garden in Levenshulme.
“The amount of public votes we received has really warmed us and helps us to feel confident about the support for Station South and the creation of a show stopping garden and active travel hub for all to enjoy. Here’s to 2019 and making it happen!”
Anthony Willians, Chairperson for Heatons’ Men In Sheds, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant. Heatons’ Men In Sheds works to combat loneliness that can be experienced at any time of life, but especially in retirement. We do this by providing projects and activities for its members, so they work together, regaining a purpose, developing confidence and pride.
“With the grant we will be able to continue our work with other community groups such as friends of local parks and urban improvement groups to build things like planters, benches, bird boxes, bat boxes and insect hotels to improve our local community.”
Charlie French, Accessibility and Transport Integration Manager at TransPennine Express, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to submit an application to our Transform Fund. This is the first time the public was able to vote for their favourite project, with over 6000 votes cast throughout December.
“The standard of submissions we received was very high and I’m delighted that so many projects across our local communities we serve will benefit from the Transform fund. As a company, we can’t wait to see how each applicant benefits from our support.”
Each year, TransPennine Express invites applications from community groups and charities to its Transform Grants Fund, with £50,000 available to support projects which tackle youth unemployment, promote social inclusion and improve the environment.
This year, TransPennine Express received 114 applications for our Transform Grants funding, requesting more than £450,000.
Over 6,000 votes were cast during December, and we’re pleased to announce the winners for Transform Grants 2018/19.