Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving Programme

Skipton Building Society is providing its Grassroots Giving programme for a fourth year in a row to small, local community groups in the UK.

The Skipton Building Society established the Grassroots Giving programme in 2013 to mark the anniversary of its 160th birthday. It offered 160 donations of £500 to local grassroots groups and organisations that are “passionate about making life better for others” but which get very little support elsewhere. The winners were chosen by a public vote. Since its launch, 483 small organisations have benefited from £241,500 in awards.

This year, there are 163 pots of £500 to give away to voluntary groups, community organisations and sports clubs throughout the UK.

Grants of £500 will be awarded to projects that create empowering opportunities and make life better for local communities. Priority will be given to projects which get very little support elsewhere.

Local grassroots groups, such as community allotments, social groups for older people, and groups running activities for young people, from across the UK may apply. Groups should have an annual net profit of less than £10,000.

The online application runs from 3 May 2016 to 29 July 2016.

Following the application closing date, a shortlist of organisations will be compiled and listed on the Grassroots Giving website. The public will then be free to vote for their favourite organisation from 1 September. The winning groups will be announced on 7 November 2016.

Please note that registered charities may not apply.

The deadline for applications is 29 July 2016.

Full details can be found on the Skipton Building Society website

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