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Spirit of the Community Awards

20 January 2015

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Community groups that make a real difference to the neighbourhoods they serve will share £150,000 in funding, as part of the Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank 'Spirit of the Community Awards'.

The annual awards recognise and support the vital contribution that voluntary and charitable organisations make to our local communities.

There will be two winning projects, one from England and one from Scotland, in each of the following three categories:

Education - focuses on initiatives that advance financial education, including those that promote accessibility to both financial education and financial services;

Employability - focuses on initiatives that build on and develop skills in people to equip them for the workplace and help them become ready for work;

Environment - focuses on projects that protect or improve the environment.

Each of the winning projects will be awarded £10,000 in funding. There will also be six highly commended in each category, three from both England and Scotland, who will receive £5000.

At last year’s Spirit of the Community Awards, 24 community groups up and down the country received a total of £150,000 to support the fantastic work which is being done in our local communities. Winners included Deaf Action, Young Enterprise Yorkshire, Poppyscotland and Cleveland Housing & Advice Centre Middlesbrough.

If you know of a community group or charity which may benefit from an award please let them know that further details and an application form can be downloaded from our websites - or

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

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