NORTON FOUNDATION      Media Release:

The Norton Foundation has decided to make two capital grants in 2015. Not only has the Norton Foundation increased its capital grant from £100,000 to £250,000 but the Trustees were so impressed with the quality of the recent applications shortlisted that they made a second grant of £125,000.

The first capital grant of £250,000 was made to Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid to enable them to convert a recently purchased large detached house in Birmingham into residential units for young women under 25, many with children. These young women will be the lucky few among the many thousands of women who suffer domestic violence across the West Midlands who are able to gain the support of Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid as they try and establish new lives for themselves.

A second Capital Grant was made to Leamington District Scout Council of £125,000 which will enable them to replace the old ex RAF building and toilet block that they have been using at their Hatton District Scout Camp.  A new residential centre is to be built to enable camping and nights away to take place all through the year. This centre, with it new showers and toilet facilities,  will form the focus of the District campsite which is used by many of the scout groups across the Leamington District as well as scout groups from other parts of the country.

These two recent Capital Grants have been added to the previous recipients of a Norton Capital Grant: The youth room at the Sydenham Centre (2000); The Norton Residential Centre at Rough Close Scout Camp, Coventry (2005); The “Depot” youth centre at Alcester (2010) and The Norton Training Centre as part of the Free at Last organization for unemployed young people in the Nechells area of Birmingham, (2010). Through this varied range of centres for young people across the West Midlands the Norton Foundation recognized local priorities and made a real impact on the lives of thousands of young people.

 Capital grants are only awarded every five years, however, grants for individuals in need and projects involving young people, often at some vocational disadvantage are awarded every year and throughout the year. For more details of what the Norton Foundation does for young people across the area see: or contact the Foundation’s Correspondent at e mail -