The public has until 10 October to vote for their favourite good cause from among the 1400 organisations that have been shortlisted from 350 communities across England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and Channel Islands.
The Community Fund is part of Lloyds Bank’s ‘Helping Britain Prosper Plan’ which aims to bring communities closer together and to help them thrive. The grants are awarded once a year to projects and services that make a positive difference to their local community.
Earlier this year, members of the public were able to nominate local community groups whose work fit into the 12 different awards categories which includes the arts; community spaces, development, regeneration; disability; diversity and inclusion; education and training; employability; environment, health and wellbeing; homelessness; mental health; organised community groups; and sports.
The nominees were then invited to apply to the Community Fund. More than 8,300 groups were nominated, with nearly 5,200 applications. From these, Lloyd Banking Group employees drew up their shortlist of 1400 groups. That is four good causes for each community.
All shortlisted groups will receive a financial award. The number of votes cast in each community will determine how Community Fund awards are allocated. In each community the good cause that receives the most votes will receive a £3,000 award, with the second placed group receiving an award of £2,000, those in third and fourth place receiving £1,000 and £500 respectively.
In 2013, 2.3 million votes were cast for the Community Fund and more than 380,000 people benefited from the fund. This year it is expected that even more votes will be cast with the inclusion of Twitter voting for the first time. In addition to Twitter, customers and members of the public can vote for their favourite community group online, by SMS, or by visiting their Lloyds Bank branch.
Voting closes at 11:59pm on 10 October 2014.
Full details of all the good causes and their locations can be found on the Lloyds Bank Community Fund website
Source: Lloyds Bank, 18/09/2014