A £75,000 ‘lifeline’ for community groups in Leeds has been hailed a ‘huge success’.
Cash-strapped groups from across the city have been given a piece of a huge £75,000 cashpot to help them support local people living tough lives.
A total of 70 groups have been awarded grants, and today the YEP can exclusively reveal the lucky winners.
The £75,000 ‘lifeline’ for community groups in Leeds has been hailed a ‘huge success’.
The impressive sum of money from Comic Relief, raised through Sport Relief, will go to 70 Leeds groups, ranging from children’s karate groups and Russian language classes to literature societies and football clubs.
Groups could apply for grants of between £500 and £1,000, and Leeds Community Foundation then helped ensure the money reached those who need it most.
Carlos Chavez, grants manager at Leeds Community Foundation, said: “It has been a huge success this year.
“It is great to see so many groups being helped by a campaign like this.
“They are all doing great work and we are really pleased to see Comic Relief and the Yorkshire Evening Post are supporting them as well.”
He added: “The applications came from different areas, with groups doing a range of activities, and all of them are doing fantastic work in the community.”
Nicola Furbisher, the YEP’s managing editor, said: “These grants are a lifeline for local community groups, and the YEP is proud to be a part of it.”
She added: “The breadth of the organisations who bid for and won the money just goes to show all of the amazing things that are going on across the city of Leeds.”
Leeds-based Streetwise charity has received a £1,000 grant this year.
The charity provides food, sleeping bags, hygiene parcels and support for the homeless, rough sleepers and lonely people in the city.
Every Thursday, the charity, based at Life Church Leeds Hub on Dewsbury Road works with up to 60 people.
Alison Beckwith set up Streetwise four years ago and said the grant will be put towards providing hot meals for those that need it.
She said : “It’s great news that we’ve received this funding.
“Grants like this are so important. It gives us the extra buffer and money we need to do that little bit more.”
Head of UK grants at Comic Relief, Gilly Green, said: “We are really pleased to be in the fifth year of running this scheme and awarding grants to community groups in the Yorkshire area.
“Once again we have seen some fantastic work that makes a real difference to local communities.”
List of Community Cash winners:
13th Leeds Templars St James Seacroft Scout Group; 17th South West Leeds Scout Group; 29th South West Leeds Scout group; Al Haqq Supplementary School; Al-Khidmat Centre; Armley Juniors Project for Young People; Arts to Share (Leeds); Beeston Action for Families; Billing View Community Group; Bramley Rugby League Community Club; Cloth Cat Studios Ltd; Community Action Little London & Servias (CALLS); Community Matters; Danby Rovers; Epiphany Scout Group; Extremecoaching.com - NRG Extreme; Friends of Middleton Park; Friends of the YMCA in Hawksworth Wood; Gipton Juniors; Hunslet Churches Together Initiative; Hunslet Nelson Cricket Club; Imagineer Development Beat It Music; Include Food (member project of Leeds Christian Community Trust); Invizible Circle Education; Jamaica Society Leeds; Joint Together Academy; Karate for Inner City Kids (KICK); Kidz ‘n’ Co; Kirkstall Festival; Kirkstall Harriers; Leeds Bike Mill; Leeds Branch of Arthritis Care; Leeds Samaritans; Leeds Space Network (LSN); Leeds Sudanese Community Association; Leeds Theatre in Education Company; Left Bank Leeds; Little Woodhouse Community Association; Lofthouse 2000 Brass Band; Middleton Bosom Buddies; Morley Strollers; Musical Arc; Neighbourhood Action in Farnley, New Farnley & Moor Top; New Wortley Community Association; North & West Yorkshire ASBAH; Parkinson’s UK; Prince Philip Centre PHAB Club; Pulsations Cardiac Rehabilitation Group; Queenswood Tenants and Residents Association; Rooots; Russian Speakers Group for Children; Saheli Women Group; Seacroft Community Literature Society and Creative Club; Seacroft Gala; Seacroft Parish Children & Young People’s Programme; Siegen Close Residents Association; SNAPS (Leeds Special Needs and Parent Support Group); South Seacroft Friends & Neighbours; STAR- Student Teaching Action for Refugees; Streetwise - Love Leeds; Sunshine and Smiles - Leeds Down Syndrome Network; Swarcliffe & St Gregory’s Community Playscheme; Swinnow Community Centre Management Committee; The Grove Pre-school; Unity Garden; Wortley Football Club; Yorkshire Association for Music and Special Educational Needs; Young Minds; Youth Theatres Leeds; ZigZag Leeds.