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Community groups get chance to receive £500 

Skipton Building Society’s award-winning, community funding scheme, Grassroots Giving, has now officially launched its 2015 campaign to give small community groups, clubs and organisations from across Norwich the opportunity to apply for a £500 donation.


In April 2013, Skipton Building Society launched Grassroots Giving to give more sustainable support for local communities, as part of the Society’s 160th anniversary. While offering community funding as part of the scheme, Grassroots Giving also provides support, guidance and public profile for every single group that enters.  And thousands have so far.
Now in its third year the Grassroots Giving scheme has given over £160,500 to small community groups across the country.
In 2014 Acorns Recovery Group (pictured above), which meets at Norwich Central Baptist Church, was shortlisted for an award. The group supports members who are abstinent, or going through the process of obtaining abstinence from alcohol or illicit substance abuse.
Applications for 2015 grants are now invited at: and the grants are open to all community groups run by volunteers and who don't receive a large proportion of funding. 
Last year 28,000 public votes saw 161 groups receive £500 each to help fund projects. 80% of those groups who received funding believe that the Grassroots Giving Campaign will help them continue their work in the future.
Roy Prenton, from Skipton’s Grassroots Giving team, said: “Grassroots Giving is all about helping small community groups that usually struggle to gain any kind of financial support. Out scheme has far exceeded our expectations, demonstrating that many local community groups need this help and support.  This is why we moved from solely giving money, to providing free resources and support to help these groups grow and succeed.”

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