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Canoe Foundation relaunches to take new direction

The Canoe Foundation, the charity that has supported a wide range of canoeing projects over the last 10 years, has launched a new website and a refreshed set of objectives to continue making an ongoing impact and change lives through canoeing.

The relaunch of the Canoe Foundation will provide the chance for paddling communities across the UK to apply for grants to develop local projects, alongside the opportunity to donate and fund raise to support the charity.

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The aim of the Canoe Foundation has always been to provide a benefit to all through improved opportunities to access canoeing. Following a review the Foundation’s new purpose will be:

“To support all to enjoy and benefit from the experience of paddling on our water in a sustainable manner”

The principal objectives to achieve this are:

  • Promoting conservation and sustainable use of waterways
  • Raising recurring funds to meet and develop our purpose
  • Holding capital funds to secure key facilities, egress or ingress land opportunities
  • Securing and protecting access points, steps or platforms
  • Improving the suitability of launching and landing sites, to and alongside water, for all sectors of the community

Funding applications are now welcome from clubs, community groups, regional or other bodies with an active interest in wider canoeing participation and that match the principal objectives of the Foundation.

The Foundation recognises the aims and strategies of British Canoeing, Canoe Wales, Canoe Association of Northern Ireland and Scottish Canoe Association, and will work in partnership with these and other relevant bodies for the development of canoeing and the positive impact it can have on those taking part in the activity.

Funding grants are likely to range from £2,000 to £20,000 and the Canoe Foundation will consider applications each quarter, with the first review for applications received by 31 October 2018.

In order to continue funding projects, the Foundation needs donations and is equally keen to encourage donations for the charity from all paddlers, the canoeing community and members or club members.

The Foundation has already committed to funding the maintenance of existing land by the Dart and to assist with river clean ups on World Rivers Day. To continue this we need clubs and individuals to promote the Foundation, encourage donations and hold fund raising events.

British Canoeing, Canoe Wales, Canoe Association of Northern Ireland and Scottish Canoe Association are all very supportive of the Foundation’s own aims and will be seeking to involve members in working with the Foundation and encouraging donations.

The three ways to donate are:

Just Giving - donate at the Canoe Foundation Just Giving site

Charities Aid Foundation - visit the website and select Canoe Foundation to donate

Cheque - make cheques payable to Canoe Foundation and send to National Water Sports Centre, Adbolton Lane, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, NG12 2LU

The Foundation intends that the facility to make discretionary on-line Gift Aid donations will shortly be available, linked where this is possible to membership renewals.

The Canoe Foundation is an independent charity managed by a board of trustees who have wide range of skills and experience within paddle sport. Following a recruitment process earlier in the year the current trustees of the Canoe Foundation are:

  • Dan Absolon
  • David Belbin
  • Chris Hawkesworth
  • Sue Hornby
  • Ashley Hunter
  • Aidan McGuffie

Speaking on behalf of the Canoe Foundation David Belbin said:

I was delighted with the number and range of applicants who put themselves forward as potential trustees so that we could recruit an experienced mix of trustees who believe the canoeing charity can be developed and provide a positive contribution for the future.

– David Belbin

The Canoe Foundation wishes to make a real difference to enhancing opportunities for canoeing by focussing on projects that will also attract the donations to sustain its activity.

For further information about the Canoe Foundation, including applying online for a funding grant and making a donation to the charity, please visit the new website.