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Monday 18th - Sunday 31st March

Mad March Match

£20,000 Double your Donation Challenge

This March, we're giving away £20,000 in match funding to Milton Keynes charities!

Your charity could have up to £500 in donations matched, or £1,000 if you are working to support people with disabilities and/or mental health problems.

Starts: Monday 18th March at 10am.

Ends: Sunday 31st March at 12pm. (or whenever the pot runs out—whichever comes first!)


How to sign up?

  1. Register with Localgiving – this is an online fundraising platform where people can donate to your organisation.

    • Only donations made via Localgiving will be eligible to be matched.

    If you are new to Localgiving, we will pay for your first year’s membership (usually £150 + VAT). Please get in touch with us for the promo code.

    Please make sure you register with Localgiving in plenty of time to ensure your profile is active before the challenge starts.

    We would recommend to start the process by 1st March at the latest as they will need you to send in various documents before your Localgiving page goes live.

  2. Please read the Terms & Conditions of Mad March Match 24

  3. Complete the registration form – Please complete the form at the bottom of this page in order to take part in the challenge.

    Please do so by 4pm on Friday, 15th March 2024


What Funds are Available?

We have two pots of funding available, each for £10,000:

  • Community Fund Pot – all registered groups will have access to up to £500 from this pot. It is unrestricted, meaning your organisation can spend it on whatever they like.

  • Margaret Powell Fund Pot – if your organisation fits with the following criteria you could also be eligible for a further £500 in match funding from the Margaret Powell Fund Pot:

To fund voluntary and community groups delivering projects that:

  • benefit frail elderly people and people with disabilities regardless of age
  • help those of all ages suffering mental health issues


You don’t have to be a group dedicated to these issues, as long as you plan to spend your matched donations in a way that addresses them - for example getting older people more involved in your group, or making your premises more accessible.

Please detail this on the registration form.

We will update the website each weekday morning during the challenge with the amount left in each pot.


The match fund pots often run out quite quickly, so it’s important that you promote the challenge to your supporters and urge them to donate as soon as the clock strikes 10am on 18th March.

To do this you could:

  • Send an email to your let your supporters know about Mad March Match and that their donations could be doubled

  • Social media campaign – we will send you some graphics to use to let your followers know you’re taking part. You could also do a countdown till the start of the challenge.


How we know how much to match?

We get sent a report each morning from Localgiving of the previous day’s donations, which gets entered into a spreadsheet to calculate how much each group has been matched.

We then update the website with the amount remaining in each match fund pot.

As it’s us matching the donations and not Localgiving, the amount matched won’t be visible in your account.


Get in touch:

If you have any questions about Mad March Match, please get in touch by emailing or call the team on 01908 690276.


Match Funding Pots


Remaining in Margaret Powell Pot


Amount Matched


Remaining in Community Pot

Participating Groups

1st Emerson and Furzton Guides

To provide activities and events for the Guides that they would not be able to take part in unless we can subsidise the events for the parents in these challenging times.

1st Emerson Valley Rainbows

To provide our girls with events and activities that otherwise they would not afford to take part in. We subsidise all our events for parents to help in the current economic climate.

1st Shenley Brook End Brownies

1st Shenley Brook End Rainbows

Providing activities and events for group members that they would not be able to afford.

5 On It Foundation

To support a free basketball and sport programme to help teenagers, from families associated with a low socioeconomic status and at risk of joining gangs, enjoy exercise and talk to our mentors about mental health challenges. If teens are pushed into gang life they can become antisocial, develop delinquent behaviour and disengage from society. All our programmes are to help disadvantaged young people with a focus on those who are exposed to gang culture and those who suffer from poor mental health due to domestic abuse at home.

BucksVision MK

Supporting projects for visually impaired people in Milton Keynes.

Camphill MK Communities

Funds will be used to support our build project.

Fresh Youth Milton Keynes

Funds will be used to support youth workshops and skills training for under 25s

Hindu Devi Mandir Milton Keynes

As a registered local charity and community services, we would like to arrange Community walk for mental wellbeing and community meditation sessions.

Lavendon Village Hall

Safety Improvements

Men in Sheds MK

Support for increased energy and other running costs

Middle Eastern Language School

To support families effected by the cost of living crisis

Milton Keynes Irish Welfare Support Group

Funding would subsidise a summer trip for our elderly lunch club members

Milton Keynes Youth Korfball Trust

We are looking to launch an additional training session for primary school age children on a different day, so additional funds will help us publicise this session to help us spread the word and enable more children to try this great mixed team sport.

We are also looking to get a new kit and this will enable us to buy spare shirts to lend out to players who do want to, or are not in a position to, buy their own.

Finally, we are looking to cover costs relating to the annual Milton Keynes Primary Schools korfball tournament, which introduces the sport to even more children.

MK Ananda Club

Bengali community New years celebration

MK Food Bank

Buying food for parcels and for our Top Up shop service

MK Melting Pot

Funding will be used to support local individuals and families at our Wellbeing Space, where they have access to meals, food parcel donations, advice and the chance to meet up with others to prevent isolation

Scot Bowls Club

The funds will go towards the provision of lawn bowls and social activities for the elderly and physically challenged.


St Marks Meals MK

Funds raised will be spent on the St Marks Meals project, providing meals boxes for children through 100 schools across MK.

The Middle Eastern Cultural Group

Support families in hardship because of the increase cost of living.

Milton Keynes Reader Service

Volunteer expenses and organisational running costs

MK Rose Trust

Running events at the MK Rose in Campbell Park to celebrate and commemorate the dates marked on the pillars. Forthcoming events will include Disability Awareness Day.

The Stables

Raised funds will be used to make the IF: Milton Keynes International Festival accessible to as many people as possible. The funds raised will help us to reach communities across Milton Keynes and to remove barriers for those who otherwise might not be able to attend or participate.

West Bletchley District Guides

We do have girls and Leaders within our groups that have disabilities and/or suffer from mental health issues. We also help older sisters of our girls that suffer with mental health issues by providing events that they can attend and support them where we can.

We also deliver projects that benefit frail elderly people by providing opportunities for them to attend craft weekend trainings and Guide holidays and camps

Wolverton Lantern Festival

Towards costs of staging community Lantern Festival in 2024

Wolverton Park Bowls Club

To promote the game of Lawn Green Bowls to provide healthy exercise along with mental and social stimulation

York House Centre

Community Fund money will spend on replacing damaged furniture in our well-used main hall. Margaret Powell money will be spent on improving access to building and grounds for disabled and incapacitated people.

Registration Form

Make an enquiry

Have any questions? Feel free to get in touch with our team.