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A.F. Blakemore Launches 1917 Heritage Grants Scheme

Blakemore Heritage GrantsFood and drink retailer and distributor A.F. Blakemore is marking its centenary with a 1917 Heritage Grants Scheme to support good causes across its trading area.

This year, the company’s charitable trust, the Blakemore Foundation, will be awarding a number of one-off community grants worth £1,917 each to good causes across England and Wales.

The grants must be used to sustain good causes for the long term, for example providing funding towards new buildings, specialist equipment, refurbishments or learning programmes.

A.F. Blakemore Community Affairs Officer Kate Senter commented: “The 1917 Heritage Grants Scheme has been launched with the primary aim of supporting good causes in local communities.

“In particular the grants will focus on helping the sustainability of charities, organisations and community groups in recognition of the company’s commitment to growing sustainably for the benefit of staff, customers and the community.”

The Blakemore Foundation was established by the Blakemore family in 1992 and over the last 10 years has donated more than £1.7 million to good causes across the company’s trading area, which stretches across central England and all of Wales.

Local charities and good causes including social clubs, sports clubs, community groups, schools, hospitals, family associations, hospices and environmental projects have all benefited.

Kate added: “A.F. Blakemore staff have a long history of supporting good causes in their communities.

“We are really keen for all colleagues, retailers and customers to get behind the scheme and encourage anyone who has a project or good cause that would benefit from this new grant funding to consider applying.

"The application form is very straightforward, so it’s really easy to submit a nomination. All applications must be received by July 28th.”

More information on the 1917 Heritage Grants Scheme can be found in the Community area of A.F. Blakemore’s website by visiting

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