Community groups across Leeds have reached their final hurdle for their chance to grab a slice of the Sport Relief cashpot, worth £75,000.
The Yorkshire Evening Post-backed Sport Relief Community Cash fund gives grants of between £500 and £1,000 to small organisations in Leeds that are helping local people who are living tough lives.
The YEP has once again teamed up with Comic Relief and Leeds Community Foundation to offer cash-strapped groups the chance to flourish in their communities across the city.
And the judging panel have this week examined over 100 applications from community groups bidding for their share of the cash.
Junior rugby clubs, brass bands, support groups, disability support groups and community organisations were just some of those hoping to win a grant from the fund’s treasure chest.
Nicola Furbisher, the YEP’s managing editor, was among those sitting on the judging panel and she praised the high standard of applications for the fund.
She said: “The YEP is rooted in the heart of our communities in Leeds and what better way to help them prosper by being involved in such a fantastic campaign as Sport Relief Community Cash.
“There were some truly fabulous entries from community groups across the city.
“It was incredibly humbling to see the work that is selflessly going on in our communities to help them thrive and support some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.
“It is brilliant to see so many fantastic community organisations, who work tirelessly behind the scenes in Leeds, benefit from this funding.
“Sadly not every one can be a winner and it was a really tough decision to pick our shortlist.”
The YEP will announce the winning community groups and organisations on April 28.