Vernon Building Society Community Awards will hand out £10,000 to good causes in Stockport

Community groups and charities in Stockport receive their share of the Vernon Jubilee Fund
Community groups and charities in Stockport receive their share of the awards in 2017

The Vernon Building Society is giving away £10,000 to good causes in Stockport.

The Vernon Building Society Community Awards – previously the Vernon Jubilee Fund – have handed out more than £60,000 to more than 70 community groups and charities since 2012.

Steve Fletcher, chief executive of the Vernon, said: “We formed in 1924 with the purpose of benefiting the people of Stockport and we remain committed to this cause.

“Our Community Awards are another way in which we can recognise and support our communities and we are always humbled and amazed by the tireless efforts of individuals and groups going out of their way to make a real difference.”

The Vernon is now looking for applications for this year’s fund from groups that can demonstrate that the funding will make a difference in their area and provide a lasting benefit to their community.

All applications will be reviewed and finalists will be shortlisted by the Community Awards panel.

These finalists will then be featured on the Society’s website and social media.

Continuing from last year, the public will be able to vote for their group of choice online, as well as offline voting available in branches.

Funding will then be allocated to groups in proportion to the votes they receive.

Each charity or community group will receive a minimum of £200 with the remainder being distributed based on a public vote.

Groups who want to take part can apply via the Vernon Building Society website by August 20.

Organisations must be based in, or benefit, the postcode areas SK1, SK2, SK3, SK4, SK5, SK6, SK7, SK8 or SK12.

Applications supporting individuals or individual sponsorships, political activities, promotion of religious causes, activities that benefit animals or commercial enterprises won’t be considered.

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