Three Borders charities are set to benefit from a new fund, launched by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to support local communities.
As part of their ongoing commitment to support the local communities it serves, RBS last week launched CommunityForce – a new initiative designed to help support local charities, organisations and groups to raise publicity for their work and attract volunteers.
The programme also provides the opportunity for local charities to receive funding through RBS’s CommunityForce awards.
In each of the bank’s 158 individual CommunityForce areas in the UK they will be offering three local projects the chance to win awards of £6,000 each. One of these funds, totalling £18,000, will be invested in communities in the Borders, and communities throughout Berwickshire are among those that could benefit.
Three separate projects are in line to receive an award.
Organisations and charities can apply for a CommunityForce award at www.rbs.com/communityforce between now and September 4, 2011.
An online public vote will then decide on the three organisations that will each receive a £6,000 award, ensuring the projects that are recognised are those local people feel will benefit the community most.
The new CommunityForce initiative will offer organisations more than just financial support. By applying for the awards local charities and projects will also become part of a local online network, which will give them greater visibility and the opportunity to attract volunteers from the local area.
RBS staff will also be getting involved by volunteering their time and expertise, supporting their commitment to deliver 3,000 days of community volunteering in 2011.
Hazel Anderson was recently appointed local chief executive officer for RBS in the Borders.
Her role is to lead the bank in the local area, helping her branches to deliver the bank’s Customer Charter and support the aim of becoming the UK’s most helpful bank.
Hazel said: “RBS has a long and proud history of supporting communities in the Scottish Borders and I’m delighted to launch the CommunityForce initiative locally.
“Giving the community the chance to vote for the award winners will ensure that these funds go to the organisations local people value the most.
“CommunityForce is part of our ongoing commitment to support the communities where we live and work; not just by donating funds, but also through volunteering time and expertise.”
For more information about CommunityForce go to the RBS website, www.rbs.com/communityforce