Some twenty four community groups across Scotland were yesterday (Tuesday 20th August 2013) selected to share a funding boost of £175,000 to make a real difference in their local areas.
Clydesdale Bank’s Spirit of the Community Awards announced the substantial donations to voluntary groups at an awards ceremony in Glasgow, to recognise the charities and not-for-profit organisations which are going the extra mile.
The awards, which launched in January this year to mark the Bank’s 175th Anniversary, were open to a range of organisations across the third sector which could demonstrate their support for the local community. Groups were invited to enter the awards scheme under one of three categories; education, employability and environment.
Three winners have been selected in each category, securing a funding boost of £10,000. An additional five winners in each category have been awarded £5,000. A further £10,000 was awarded to one charity whose contribution to the community the judges felt was outstanding meaning one organisation received £20,000.
David Thorburn, Chief Executive of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, said: “Clydesdale Bank’s Spirit of the Community Awards aim to recognise and support the vital contribution that voluntary and charitable organisations make to their local communities. It has been inspiring to see the great work which is being done at grass roots level across the country.
“All twenty four organisations are extremely deserving and have been recognised for their community spirit with these awards from Clydesdale Bank.”
Clydesdale Bank’s sister organisation, Yorkshire Bank, has also announced 12 successful recipients of £75,000 as part of the Spirit of the Community Awards initiative. This brings the total funds awarded to 36 community groups up and down the country to a quarter of a million pounds.
For further information about Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank Foundation’s Spirit of the Community Awards, please visit www.cbonline.co.uk/foundation