THE MATTHEW HILL SUSTAINABILITY FUND
Matthew Hill, who passed away in February 2022, was a
passionate advocate of the sustainability agenda, a believer in
the power of the community to help tackle the climate
emergency, and an expert ready to use his skills and
knowledge to effect change and make things happen. He was
also a lovely man, kind and thoughtful, whose gentle
demeanour hid a steely determination.
Headingley Development Trust (HDT), of which Matthew was
Co-Chair from 2020 until his illness meant he had to step
down, wants to celebrate his life in an enduring and
meaningful way and have asked Matthew's family if we could
set up a Fund in his name: the Matthew Hill Sustainability
Fund. This will be a Fund to which people can give as much or
as little as they feel able, supporting local projects that make
the practical difference Matthew would want to see.
Although the Fund will be open-ended for donations, the
intention is to "get on and do" - Matthew's approach to things.
The plan, provisionally, is for the Fund to run from the summer
of 2022, until its closedown in 2027. If there are resources left
by this time, the Fund might be extended.
Individuals with an idea/project can potentially be partnered with a local organisation that may support them by "holding the project". Please contact us for more information.
Organisations that wish to apply should already have, or be in the process of setting up:
All applications will be judged in relation to the difference any grant will make to local people and the local environment. If you feel you could with a bit of help in talking through what you have in mind before you apply, there will be opportunities to do so at the Headingley Development Trust (HDT) stand at the Farmers' Markets on 8th April, 13th May and 10th June. HDT will also provide a pool of "Fund Friends" with whom you can have a candid chat.
Of course, projects are not expected to meet every one of these criteria! Very often, the most inspiring projects are those that do the smallest things, like bringing colour and liveliness to drab landscapes. Applicants are urged to be realistic about the impact they want to make. This means being unafraid of the everyday and the simple.
No late applications will be accepted
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