Bill Walker MSP calls for Dunfermline applications to Spirit of the Community Awards

ClydesdaleCommunity groups across Scotland can now apply to a £175,000 awards scheme aimed at making a real difference to local areas. To celebrate their 175th anniversary, Clydesdale Bank has launched the Spirit of the Community Awards, which will make substantial donations to voluntary groups who go the extra mile in the three categories of education, employability and environment.

Dunfermline MSP Bill Walker said: “I would encourage Dunfermline third sector groups to apply for funding. The awards are for groups who can demonstrate their support for the community, including but not limited to promoting access to financial education, protecting and improving the environment, and equipping people for the workplace.”

The top three winners in each category will receive £10,000 funding. In addition, five highly commended initiatives in each category will each receive £5,000 to support their community activity. A further £10,000 will go to one of the top three winners, meaning one organisation will receive £20,000.

David Thorburn, Chief Executive of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, said: “The economic environment has been particularly challenging for many not-for-profit organisations and voluntary groups. Despite increased financial pressures, many  continue to provide an invaluable service, often with very little recognition.

“These awards will recognise the vital support that community organisations provide for thousands of people right across Scotland and are a fitting way to mark the Bank’s 175th anniversary in Scotland.”

Clydesdale’s sister organisation, Yorkshire Bank, which celebrated its 150th Anniversary in 2009, will also award £75,000 to local programmes as part of the Spirit of the Community Awards initiative. This brings the total funds available for community groups up and down the country to a quarter of a million pounds.

Groups wishing to enter should visit http://www.cbonline.co.uk/foundation or obtain an application form and further information from their local Clydesdale Bank branch. Entries will be open until Sunday 31st March and winners and will be announced in June.

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