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Last Chance for Community Groups in England to Enter Awards

17th February 2015

There’s still time for community groups in England to enter an awards programme and secure their share of a funding boost of £75,000 for organisations making a real difference in their local areas.

Yorkshire Bank’s Spirit of the Community Awards 2015 – now in their third year of funding – were launched earlier this year.

Community groups in England could receive a share of £75,000 by entering the initiative. Yorkshire Bank will make donations to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations in each of the three categories: financial education, employability and environment.

The awards are open to a range of organisations across the third sector who can demonstrate their support for the local community. This includes groups promoting access to financial education, helping to upskill people for the workplace or aiming to improve and protect the environment.

There will be an overall winning group in each of the three categories which will secure £10,000 of funding, along with three highly commended that will each be awarded £5,000.

Debbie Crosbie, Acting Chief Executive of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks and Chair of Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation, said: “Yorkshire Bank’s Spirit of the Community Awards aim to recognise and support the invaluable contribution that voluntary and charitable organisations make to their local communities and there’s still time for groups in England to enter the awards.

“The standard of entries last year was fantastic and we look forward to continuing our support for local communities again this year.”

Yorkshire Bank’s sister organisation, Clydesdale Bank, will also award £75,000 to local organisations as part of the programme.  This brings the total funds available for community groups up and down the country to £150,000.

For further information about Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation’s Spirit of the Community Awards or to enter, people can visit or go into their local Yorkshire Bank branch to receive an application form.

The closing date for applications is Friday 6th March 2015 and the winners will be announced in summer 2015.

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