A CHARITABLE foundation has been launched to give grants to Isle of Wight community projects.
The Isle of Wight Foundation, created by Island Roads, will make a number of awards each year to charities and not-for-profit organisations for new initiatives to fight social exclusion.
This year, a total of £80,000 is available in the pot.
Island Roads, which is carrying out the 25-year PFI roads repair contract, says it has studied local data and sought the input of community representatives to understand some of the key issues on the Isle of Wight.
Priority this year will be projects which provide people with better chances to access training and development to improve their life skills and opportunity for employment.
Other projects that help to build stronger communities with residents working together to minimise social exclusion will also be supported.
Island Roads staff will also volunteer to support projects.
Chairman of the Isle of Wight Foundation board, Phil Jackson, said: "While Island Roads will always focus on improving Island roads, we recognise, through the work we do and the people we employ, we will be a prominent part of Island life for 25 years.
"As such, we want to help the community in other ways."
Charities, voluntary and not-for-profit organisations can submit applications by October 12.
There will be visits to the shortlisted organisations to discuss the projects in more detail before the grants are determined in December.
For more details visit www.islandroads.com/137-iw-foundation.html
or phone 822440.