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Leeds communities can get part of £100,000 giveaway

CASH BOOST: Lynn Bailey (right) with daughter Leanne, received a grant for Beeston Action for Families.

CASH BOOST: Lynn Bailey (right) with daughter Leanne, received a grant for Beeston Action for Families.

  • by Juliette Bains
 

Community groups from across the county can grab a share of £100,000 worth of cash funding.

The Yorkshire Evening Post has again teamed up with Comic Relief to bring Red Nose Day Community Cash to local people in need.

Grants of £500 to £1,000 are available to small organisations in the region that are doing great work to help local people coping with tough lives.

Beeston Action for Families received a similar grant last 
year.

The project was set up by single mum Lynn Bailey after her 16-year-old daughter Leanne said she hated being a teenager with special needs.

Over a decade later, the project has helped hundreds of young people with learning difficulties and disabilities to improve their quality of life and feel a part of their communities.

The grant of around £1,000 was enough to pay for an instructor to lead exercise sessions twice a week.

Lynn said: “I would encourage everyone to apply for a grant because it helped us so much.

“It was amazing because that money meant I was able to run a 12-week project.

“It’s a stepping stone and gives you that support when you need it.”

Local funnyman Keith Lemon is urging people to ‘Do Something Funny for Money’ and support Red Nose Day and money raised from the event could be spent right here in Leeds.

Leeds-born Keith is also calling on local fundraisers to come up with exciting ideas to raise cash for the cause.

Groups that are eligible to apply for Community Cash funding must be working in a disadvantaged or deprived area and be small, local groups with an income of less than £50,000 in the last year.

They must also be run by local people.

To apply for a Red Nose Day Community Cash grant, visit: www.leedscf.org.uk/apply-for-grant/open-grants-programme/ before Friday, March 8.

Leeds Community Foundation will help the money reach those who need it most.

You can do your bit for Red Nose Day and get involved by ‘Doing Something Funny For Money’.

For more about Red Nose Day on Friday, March 15, or for fundraising ideas, visit: www.rednoseday.com

 

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