Video: How your community group can win a share of £50,000 with Sport Relief Community Cash

First Steps Toddler Group, who were last year's winners of the Community Cash campaign. One of the group leaders, Nicky Hudson, front centre, with the toddlers, and their mums or childminders. Picture: Denise Bradley First Steps Toddler Group, who were last year's winners of the Community Cash campaign. One of the group leaders, Nicky Hudson, front centre, with the toddlers, and their mums or childminders. Picture: Denise Bradley

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
11:45 AM

We have £50,000 to give away – and your community group could grab a grand.

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First Steps Toddler Group, who were last year's winners of the Community Cash campaign. Ryla Smith, 3. Picture: Denise BradleyFirst Steps Toddler Group, who were last year's winners of the Community Cash campaign. Ryla Smith, 3. Picture: Denise Bradley

Sport Relief and the Norwich Evening News have once again teamed up to hand out vital grants to deserving groups working hard in and around Norwich.

That could be a sports club, children’s group, church, theatre company or charity – or any other organisation doing a great job for people in the city.

Since the initiative was launched in 2010, we have given out more than £210,000 to those who need it most with Comic Relief and the Norfolk Community Foundation.

Click here to start your application for Sport Relief Community Cash.

First Steps Toddler Group, who were last year's winners of the Community Cash campaign. Sam Phillips Hill, 2. Picture: Denise BradleyFirst Steps Toddler Group, who were last year's winners of the Community Cash campaign. Sam Phillips Hill, 2. Picture: Denise Bradley

Tim Williams, managing editor of the Norwich Evening News, urged groups to make the most of the opportunity.

He said: “This Sport Relief initiative is fantastic news for the people of Norwich.

“This is the fifth year that the Norwich Evening News has been able to give grants to the groups which need them most.

“Every day we are working at the heart of Norwich life and our team is always meeting organisations which could benefit hugely from one of these grants.

Grant criteria

Groups eligible to apply for Sport Relief Community Cash grants must:

• Be working in a disadvantaged or deprived area within the Norwich City Council local authority area

• Be small local groups with an income of less than £100,000 (in the last year) run by local people

Grants will not be awarded to the following:

• Individuals

• Statutory organisations, including PCTs and schools

• Groups which are not constituted

Grants will not be awarded to fund the following:

• Trips abroad

• Buses, minibuses or other community transport schemes (not including transport costs forming part of a project)

• Building costs, including access adaptations to buildings

“In previous years we have given a total of 217 grants to good causes – and this year a further £50,000 will be handed out to make a difference to the lives of people in Norwich.”

Mr Williams will be part of the panel that chooses the recipients of the grants, which will be administered by the Norfolk Community Foundation.

He added: “Sport Relief is a charity which is an inspiration to us all, with an excellent record of identifying and helping those in need across the country. The Norwich Evening News is delighted to be able to help.”

To qualify for one of the grants, ranging from £500 to £1,000, groups must be within the Norwich City Council local authority area, work in a disadvantaged area of Norwich and have an income of less than £100,000.

Greg James is backing Sport Relief 2014.Greg James is backing Sport Relief 2014.

Among those eligible are parent and toddler organisations, dads and lads groups, youth and older people’s organisations and lunch clubs.

BBC Radio 1 presenter and University of East Anglia graduate Greg James is backing the campaign and wants people to get involved in the Sport Relief Games on the weekend of March 21-23.

He said: “Sport Relief is back in Norwich and I want to see thousands of people taking part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games.

“I know Norwich: it’s the home of such winners as Alan Partridge and mustard. It’s a proud region, don’t let it down!

“Register for the games, get sponsored to raise lots of cash to help people living incredibly tough lives here in the UK and the world’s poorest countries.”

As well as the traditional Sport Relief Mile in Norwich on March 23, people are being encouraged to take part in swimathons at the Riverside leisure centre and Sportspark at the UEA, or get on their bike to raise money.

Last time around, in 2012, funds raised in the East of England topped £1.6m.

That cash went on to help fund more than 270 projects across the region, and money raised this year in the Sport Relief fun and games will continue to help people living tough lives in the UK and across the world.

Click here to start your application for Sport Relief Community Cash.

For a full list of Sport Relief Games activities, see www.sportrelief.com

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