An initiative launched by one of the district’s major employers to improve the lives of youngsters across Bradford and Calderdale has received a record number of applications.
More than 50 good causes have submitted bids up to £2,500 from the 2013 round of donations from the Leo Group Community Fund.
The fund forms a key strand of the company’s wider programme of charitable donations, which last year handed out a record amount of money to good causes in every corner of the community – some £125,000.
Community engagement officer, Catherine Horn, said:
The response shows there is no shortage of excellent work being carried out by charities and grassroots organisations across the area,” said . “It also highlights the positive difference they could make with some extra money.
It isn’t just the number of applications that hit an all-time high – the quality of them also shone through from every corner of our community.
We now face the daunting task of sitting down and carefully assessing each application one-by-one, identifying those organisations who are most deserving and able to make every Pound of funding go as far as possible in benefitting.
For some of these, the money will prove a lifeline in the difficult economic climate in which they strive to operate.
As a result of the huge response, the company – which specialises in recycling and renewable energy from its headquarters in Swalesmoor, Halifax, is assessing the applications as quickly as it can. It now expects to inform applicants whether they have been successful or not by the end of March.
The fund was set up in 2011 with the aim of supporting a host of good causes that benefit children, particularly those involved in sporting activities, educational projects, cultural and environmental initiatives as well as schemes that aim to banish isolation.