A local Councillor is encouraging community projects to enter an awards programme which could see them share a funding boost of £75,000 to make a...

A local Councillor is encouraging community projects to enter an awards programme which could see them share a funding boost of £75,000 to make a real difference in their local area.

The Clydesdale Bank Spirit of the Community Awards 2018 is open for applications across Scotland, and this year’s programme will take the total funds given out since the awards started in 2013 to more than £1 million.

Registered charities and not for profit organisations are invited to enter their projects into the awards scheme under one of three categories:

  • projects which help people to have a healthy relationship with money
  • projects which help people to improve their local environment
  • projects which help people into employment

The awards are open to a range of initiatives across the third sector that can demonstrate support for the local community. This could include projects helping to upskill people for the workplace, ventures promoting healthy relationships with money or schemes aiming to protect the environment.

Five projects will be selected in each of the three categories and all 15 winners will be awarded £5,000 each.

SNP Cllr Mags MacLaren for Paisley Northwest told Renfrewshire News: “I would encourage all registered charities and not for profit organisations in Renfrewshire who are seeking extra support for community projects which are going the extra mile, to apply for Community Award funding.”

Debbie Crosbie, Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks Chief Operating Officer, said: “I am delighted to announce the sixth year of the Clydesdale Bank’s Spirit of the Community Awards. These awards aim to recognise and support the vital contribution that voluntary and charitable projects make at grass roots level.”




For further information about the Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation’s Spirit of the Community Awards please visit www.cbonline.co.uk/foundation or go to your local Clydesdale Bank branch pick up an application form.

The closing date for applications is Monday 19th March 2018 and the winners will be announced in summer 2018.

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