VOTING OPENS: Public can help Fenland’s good causes net �6,000 CommunityForce grants
GOOD causes from across Fenland are in the running for grants of �6,000 from the NatWest CommunityForce programme.
The public will decide where the �18,000 should be spent - with 43 worthy causes from Peterborough and Fenland battling it out for the three �6,000 awards.
It is the second phase of CommunityForce, which was launched in July this year to support charities and good causes in communities served by RBS and NatWest branches.
Among the Fenland organisations hoping to benefit from the scheme are adult learning disability charity FACET and Wisbech Social Club & Institute.
Recycling initiative Fenland Scrapstore, 1st Doddington Scout Group, Fenland Scout Association and the Robert Hall Centre, in Wisbech, are also on the list of potential winners.
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Several sports clubs are in the running, including March Town Cricket Club and Hungate Rovers Youth Football Club.
Cambridgeshire charity Little Miracles - co-founded by Michelle King from Benwick - could also be in line for a grant to help it continue its work supporting families with disabled children.
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Natwest is offering three projects the chance to win the �6,000 prizes in each of the 158 CommunityForce areas in the UK. Following the launch more than 5,820 applications were received.
Damian Goldsack, NatWest’s CEO for the Peterborough area, said: “The response to the launch of CommunityForce has been incredible and it was great to see so many applications received from local charities and good causes.
“The voting is now open, and it is really important to me to ask the local community who should win these awards.
“CommunityForce is part of our ongoing commitment to support the communities where we live and work; not just by donating funds, but also through volunteering time and expertise.”
NatWest staff will also be getting involved by giving their time and expertise to the organisations, supporting the bank’s commitment to deliver 7,000 days of community volunteering in 2011.
The public can now vote for their favourite organisation until October 23. To vote, visit: www.natwest.com/communityforce
Full list of nominated organisations:
The Inspirations Studio
Home-Start East Cambs
Peterborough & District Cats Protection
Hampton FC - POSH Leaders
Newborough And Borough Fen Coronation Playing Field
FACET (Fenland Area Community Enterprise Trust)
Wisbech Social Club & Institute
Ely Beet Sports and Social Club
March Town Cricket Club (www.marchtowncricket.com)
Girls Venture Corps Air Cadets
Godmanchester Community Association
abbey 345 playgroup
1st Doddington Scout Group
Royal Air Forces Association
Houghton School PTA
Fenland Scout Association
Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue (CamSAR)
Huntingdon, Peterborough & Cambridge Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre
Burghley Park Cricket Club
Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire & Peterborough
Project Peterborough and Fenlands
Soham Scout & Guide Community Hall
Glinton Friendship Club
Peterborough Street Pastors
The Robert Hall Centre
Hungate Rovers youth football club
Evergreen Care Trust
Holy Trinity Church Grounds Restoration
Hampton Events Committee
Ramsey Back On Track Resident’s Association
Peterborough Citizens Advice Bureau
Paston Flyers FC
Can Do Communities
Little Miracles Peterborough
The K9 Project
The Olive Branch Community Garden & Allotments
Collyweston Playing Field Association