Invitation to get hold of big money

COMMUNITY groups, charities and schools are being encouraged to apply for a share of the Britannia's Community Fund and charitable Foundation.

The mutual financial services provider has launched a plea for new applications for 2011. Part of The Co-operative Financial Services, it awarded grants and donations of 1/2 million during 2010.

Elaine Clews, who manages Britannia's Community Fund and charitable Foundation, said: "Britannia's Community Fund and charitable Foundation can make real and lasting differences to local communities.

"By raising skills and confidence in numeracy and financial capability we can help to enrich lives, enable people to fully participate in society and make positive contributions to social and financial inclusion in our communities."

For donations up to 1,000, Britannia's Community Fund offers a quick application process to voluntary groups, charities and schools, while the Britannia Foundation awards grants and donations between 1,000 and 25,000.

For information, visit a Britannia branch, go to www.britannia.co.uk or telephone Elaine Clews on 01538 391806.

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