HERE is one bright light shining in all the economic gloom. The Hunts Post has a big cash bonanza of £15,000 to give away – to you! The money is to be shared by community groups and you can apply for grants of between £250 and £1,

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HERE is one bright light shining in all the economic gloom.

The Hunts Post has a big cash bonanza of £15,000 to give away – to your community group.

The money is to be shared by Huntingdonshire groups with grants available of between £250 and £1,000.

The Hunts Post has teamed up with Cambridgeshire Community Foundation which shares out Government money in a scheme called the Grassroots Grants.

Jane Darlington from the foundation said: “We are keen to help the community groups who are unsung heroes and may not usually attract donations of cash.

“We have a large pot of money to distribute but people may not be aware that they can apply. The Hunts Post is an ideal place to spread this message.”

The money can be used for a wide range of purposes including buying equipment – such as computer equipment for the group, a new oven for the village hall kitchen, new football kit for a junior football team – or covering running costs such as training costs for volunteers, putting on a local event or workshop or travel costs for an annual outing.”

The group does not have to be a registered charity but it must be a not-for-profit organisation with an annual income of less than £20,000, over the past three years or since the group started. The group needs to have been in existence for at least one year.

It must also be volunteer-led, run mainly by volunteers. The group cannot be a statutory body, such as a school or a parish council.

Andy Veale, editor of The Hunts Post, added: “This is a perfect opportunity for many of our community groups to get some much-needed funding.

“Huntingdonshire is blessed with thousands of volunteers who provide support and facilities for the community we live in. Now we can help thank some of these unsung heroes by giving their group a share of this money and helping to buy those additional items or pay for that extra training that is going to make a real difference.”

All of the groups that apply must be working for the community, need to have a set of rules, if not a formal constitution.

To apply for a grant, applicants should send a letter with the following information:

-The name of the group

-Contact details including a name and a daytime telephone number

-Brief details about the group, including when it was set up and its purpose

-The sum requested

-What the money will be used for

-A copy of the group’s constitution or rules

-A copy of the group’s annual accounts

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, February 4. The decisions will be published in The Hunts Post on Wednesday, February 11 and the awards will be made on Friday, February 20. We are keen to put the money to good use as soon as possible, ideally the money should be spent by the end of March.

INFORMATION: To apply for a Hunts Post Cash Giveaway grant, write to: Hunts Post Cash Giveaway, The Hunts Post, 30 High Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3TB. You can also apply on line at www.huntspost24.co.uk

Usual Archant competition rules apply. For more information on Cambridgeshire Community Foundation see: www.cambscf.org.uk