Founded by Ben Smith; CEO and Founder of The 401 Foundation, in 2017 after accomplishing The 401 Challenge; which saw him run 401 marathons in 401 days all around the UK. During his travels, he visited over 309 different UK towns and cities between Lands End and John O’Groats. Running with over 13,500 people, visiting 101 schools and countless small community-based projects, in the end, raising over £330,000 for two anti-bullying and equality charities; Kidscape and Stonewall
Understandably and realistically, there are more projects out there than there is funding for. Bigger charities do amazing work, the impact they have is far-reaching, but this can sometimes mean that local community projects get overshadowed as the money pot is only so big. Ben and The 401 Foundation believe local projects are at the heart of their community, they know their people and ultimately what is going to work and what isn’t, one size doesn’t fit all especially when it comes to building confidence, self-esteem, tackling mental health and self-development issues.
The job of The 401 Foundation is simple, to give a small lifeline to hundreds of small community projects throughout the UK to ensure they carry on the amazing work they do to benefit their local communities. Our grants are small but sometimes this is all that is needed to get a concept off the ground and to most this will be the start they need.