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£75k Funding Pot Deadline Extension Announced for Community Groups in Cumbria

Yorkshire Bank has extended the deadline for groups from Cumbria entering the Spirit of the Community Awards 2018 by two weeks until Tuesday 3 April 2018.

As well as giving groups more time to enter, the Bank announced it will present one of the successful organisations with a Special Recognition Award, worth an additional £5,000.

Now in its sixth year, the 2018 Awards will take the total donated to community groups across the UK to more than £1 million.

The Bank makes donations to recognise and support community projects which are going the extra mile. Registered charities and not for profit organisations are invited to enter their projects into the awards scheme under one of three categories: 1) projects which help people to have a healthy  relationship with money, 2) projects which help people to improve their local environment and 3) projects which help people into employment.

The awards are open to a range of initiatives across the third sector which 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.

Debbie Crosbie, Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks Chief Operating Officer and Chair of the Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation, said: “We want to maximise the opportunity for registered charities and not for profit community groups to apply for awards which could make a real difference to their local communities.”

Five projects will be selected in each of the three categories and all 15 winners will be awarded £5,000 each.
Yorkshire Bank’s sister organisation, Clydesdale Bank, will also award £75,000 to support local projects in Scotland as part of the programme. They too will make a Special Recognition Award. This brings the total funds available for community initiatives up and down the country to £160,000.

For more information about the awards or to enter, visit or go any Yorkshire Bank branch for an application form.

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