Cash strapped community groups and organisations across south Leeds are being urged to apply for a grant of up to £1,000.
Groups such as mothers and toddlers, youth clubs, support for elderly people and anything which works to improve life in the community can apply.
Land Securities, which owns the White Rose Centre, plus fellow property companies the Evans Group and Munroe K, owners of White Rose Office Park, have pledged to continue supporting local groups.
Arise, the Alliance to Reward Initiatives and Social Enterprise, was launched in September 2005 and has made more than 210 awards totalling more than £180,000 to support a massive range of socially focused and community-based activity in south Leeds, where the three funders have interests.
Tim Flanagan, of Arise, said: “We welcome applications from any grass-roots organisations based in the south Leeds postcode areas who are seeking funding. Applicants can seek full or part-funding for activities and initiatives that are to the benefit of people living in south Leeds and each application, which must be received by Friday February 22, will be considered on its merits by the committee.”
Among applicants who have benefited from Arise funding is New Hope, at the Church of the Nazarene, Hunslet Hall Road. It is an organisation that helps people of all ages tackle issues of substance abuse and get their lives back on track.
Sue Cassidy, chair of the ARISE awards selection committee, said: “New Hope is a shining example of who we have helped. We greatly admire the tireless work of Alistair Park and his dedicated colleagues.”
The judging committee includes chairman Sue Cassidy, Richard Mansell, the former Chief Exec of Leeds Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Bob Evans, a former editor of the Morley Observer and former Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Chris Townsley, who now represents the Horsforth ward in the north of the city.
An application form is available by emailing: email@example.com