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1,400 groups to benefit from largest Lloyds Bank Community Fund

Howard Lake | 2 September 2014 | News

The Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014 opens for public voting today. At the end of the process, 1,400 good causes across 350 communities will receive a share of the largest Community Fund sum to date.
Over 700,000 people are expected to benefit directly or indirectly from the work that the Community Fund awards will enable local community groups to undertake.

Nominations earlier this year

Earlier this year, over 7,000 community groups were nominated, with nearly 4,500 applications submitted. Four good causes in each community have now been shortlisted, and are now being voted for by customers and the public.
Young people are set to be key beneficiaries, with a third of good causes proposing projects and services primarily focused on supporting this audience.  Nearly a quarter (22%) of good causes will support projects for those with disabilities or mental health and families are a focus for 19% of good causes.
This is the first year that members of the public could nominate community groups for an award.

Funds on offer

Customers and members of the public can vote for their favourite community group online, by SMS or Twitter, or in Lloyds branches, from 2 September to 10 October 2014.
The local good cause with the most votes in each community will receive an award of £3,000, with the next good cause getting £2,000, £1,000 or £500 depending on the votes received.
In addition, The Bank of Scotland Community Fund will provide grants to 232 local good causes in 58 communities across Scotland.
Graham Lindsay, Group Director, Responsible Business & Community Affairs said:


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“We are incredibly proud to be able to support more community groups than ever before to continue their vital work through our Community Fund 2014. This year your vote can make a significant difference to the amount awarded to each community group so I encourage everyone to take a moment to champion a good cause locally and cast a vote”.

Beneficiary from 2013

Last year London’s Air Ambulance was one of the charities awarded a grant from the Lloyds Bank Community Fund.
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