The Skipton Building Society established its Grassroots Giving programme in 2013 to mark the anniversary of its 160th birthday. It offered 160 grants of £500 to local grassroots groups and organisations that are “passionate about making life better for others” but which get very little support elsewhere.
This year there are 162 pots of £500 to give away to voluntary groups, community organisations and sports clubs throughout the UK. Applicants must have an annual net profit of less than £10,000.
Registered charities are not eligible to apply to this scheme.
PLEASE NOTE: this is a public vote grant scheme where winners are chosen via the strength of public support.
Grants will be awarded to projects that create empowering opportunities and make life better for local communities.
Priority will be given to local projects that receive very little grant support from other sources. Local grassroots groups, such as community allotments, social groups for older people, and groups running activities for young people from across the UK may apply.
The online application runs from 1 May 2015 to 31 July 2015.
Following the application closing date of 31 July, a shortlist of organisations will be compiled and listed on the Grassroots Giving website.
The public will then be free to vote for their favourite organisation from 1 September 2015.
The winning groups will be notified from 1 November.
The deadline for applications is 31 July 2015.
Full details can be found on the Skipton Building Society website.