IGas businesses have been operating in the UK for over three decades and we pride ourselves on being a good neighbour, placing the community and local relationships at the heart of everything we do. Established in 2008, the IGas Community Fund supports community-led organisations that can make a real difference, helping to improve amenities locally. Since the start of the fund, IGas has awarded over £800,000.
To be eligible for an award, projects must be able to demonstrate real community impetus and benefits, for example, organisations that involve a broad span of the community, education and skills development, or projects that celebrate and protect local heritage.
Bletchingley Church House Appeal
Church House had been used as a community building for over 100 years but is now in desperate need of modification to conform to modern standards. The overall £550,000 refurbishment project aims is to provide a modern facility to meet a range of needs across the whole community. In 2014, £14,000 was awarded to project.
In 2016, a further grant of £5,000 for the fitting out of the kitchen was awarded.
Surrey Police – South Godstone Boxing and Fitness Club
Awarded £2,000 to set up a boxing and fitness club for South Godstone as a response to problems with anti-social behaviour in the area. The idea came up as a result of talking to local youths, some of whom box elsewhere. The project is part of a national initiative through which youngsters can gain certificates in boxing at different levels.
Bletchingley Community Defibrillator
Awarded a grant of £1,500 to Bletchingley Parish Council to provide the community with access to a defibrillator for potential use before a responder or ambulance arrives. It was proposed to the council by the local ambulance service on the basis of previous call levels. The local school agreed to house the equipment, making it available 24/7.
17th Reigate Scout Group
Awarded a grant of £5,000 towards the provision of solar panels to increase the energy efficiency and reduce running costs at its new premises.
Bletchingley Village Hall
Awarded a grant of £3,000 towards double glazing to increase the comfort and reduce running costs for a hall that provides an affordable meeting place for people of all ages.
South Godstone Sports & Community Association
Awarded a grant of £2,000 to purchase a mobile stage and a trolley to transport it. It is hoped this additional amenity will enhance the venue’s appeal for social functions.
To read more about our community fund and to apply, visit the community fund website at the following link: http://www.igascommunityfund.co.uk/.