A selection of Yorkshire based community groups have been shortlisted for Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving Campaign, having applied for a share of the £81,000 funding that the Society has made available to community groups in 2015.
This year has drawn record numbers of applications from community groups all across the UK. With over a 1000 applications, the Society have carefully selected groups they feel will benefit from the generous funding.
The Yorkshire has shown itself to be a particularly community minded region, with 67 groups from the region featuring amongst the 304 shortlisted groups.
Having made it to this stage, the groups are now calling upon the public to vote for them to be one of the 162 organisations to receive a £500 donation. It all now comes down to the community to choose who is awarded the funds.
Groups include Hull Independent Merchant Navy Association, whose aim is to facilitate the bringing together of former, retired and serving seafarers who sailed aboard ships of the Merchant Navy and Deep Sea Trawlers. The group say that the funding would facilitate important group outings to sister associations.
Also there’s a number of locals sports teams who have been shortlisted, including Leeds and Bradford Triathlon Club who say that the donation would contribute to important safety equipment to ensure that the group Can train safetly and consistently.
Each group have a interesting story, and the money will contribute to helping them carry on with their unique projects. The full list of Yorkshire shortlisted groups include Brass Ten, West Yorkshire North Cricket, The Friends of the Western Library, School of rock & media, DRAM Community FC, Cononley Cricket Club, York Young Magicians Club, Brighouse And Surrounding Homeless Scheme, Wetherby Athletic Girls Football Club, Settle Free Folk Gathering, Practice Health Champions, Cowling First Responder Team, Steel City Wanderers, Otley Carnival, Lascelles Hall Cricket Club, Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery, Carperby Community Craft Show, Rivelin Valley Conservation Group, Green Lane Cricket Club, Kids Club Cabin, Skipton Choral Society, Ingleton Swimming Club, Friends of High Royds Memorial Garden, Pocklington Play Area Group, Silsden Community Productions, Riggwelter Field Archers, Aspire supporting the autism community, Leeds and Bradford Triathlon Club, SKYCA (South Kirkby Youth Community Association), G&M Energy, Hull Fishing History and Action for Hull Plum Streetwise Community Association, Wharfedale Family History Group, Pudsey and Bramley Athletics Club, Keeper Wood, University of Sheffield Athletics and Cross Country Club, York Music Forum, Bridlington Dukes Park Crown Green Bowling Club, Friends of Staveley School (‘FOSS’), St Aelreds Players, Woodseats Allotment Society, Wilsden Cricket Club, Sheffield Hillsborough Hawks, City of Bradford Swimming Club, Mexborough Cricket Club, Bedale Junior Football Club, Skipton Players, Grove Hill Otley Tennis Club, Curtain Up Productions, Bingley Handbell Ringers, Malham Safari, Settle Amateur Operatic Society and Junior Theatre Group, Bridlington Alexandra Bowling Club, SMASH, Yorkshire Subterranean Society (YSS), Reetwirlers Majorettes, Otley Town Sports And Social Club, Kingstone Runners, BOK (Borough of Kirklees) Swimming Club, Friends of Prince of Wales Park, Skelmanthorpe Brass Band Community, Octopus Divers BSAC 1900, Bradford Photographic Society, Yeadon Cricket Club, Cononley Bowling Club, Broomhill Community Library Garden Group, The Fisher Singers and Hull Independent Merchant Navy Association.
All the groups have been shortlisted for their contributions within their local community and each group have an online profile via Skipton’s Grassroots Giving website, with information showcasing the excellent work the organisations have achieved.
Voting started on September 1, and can be cast by either going online or visiting www.skiptongrg.co.uk or conveniently by visiting a local Skipton Building Society branch, where you’ll find helpful Skipton staff who will assist with your voting.
The Grassroots Giving team has also launched a set of free resources to help support community groups and voluntary organisations in a range of areas from gaining funding to recruiting volunteers. More information about these can be found at http://www.skiptonbig160.co.uk/free-resources/. These are available to all – whether you have applied for the funding or not.
David Cutter, Skipton’s Group chief executive, said: “ From last year’s activity we have already had a number of groups get in touch to tell us how much they valued our support – the money enabled them to evolve their groups, and in many ways has helped to secure the future of their group.
“Even though the funding amount is small, to enable us to reach as many groups as possible, it’s been fantastic to see the creative use of the money, and we’ve been told that the extra support in terms of promotion of the groups and free guides and resources has been valued just as much as the funding.
“These local groups are hugely resourceful and are providing valued contributions to their communities and neighbourhoods – we’ve shortlisted the groups who we feel will make the most of the support we can offer them to further build their impact in the coming years and we’re looking forward to the public getting behind this to choose the projects they’d like us to support”.
Skipton Building Society launched its Grassroots Giving programme as part of its 160th anniversary celebrations in 2013. In order to build on the legacy of the organisation Skipton this year committed to 162 pots of £500 for their third year.
All 67 shortlisted groups are now relying on their local communities and supporters to vote for them to be one of the 162 winning groups. Voting closes on October 12.