Voting open for community group funding

The Bank of Scotland Community Fund 2014 is open for voting, helping local people have a positive impact at the heart of their community.

The voting system is an opportunity to give grants to four good causes from 58 communities across Scotland.

That means that Berwickshire groups could receive awards of up to £3,000.

Among the eight local groups nominated for grants are the Borders branch of Riding for the Disabled, the Eyemouth and District Amateur Swimming Club, Here For You, (Berwick Community Trust) and the North Northumberland District Scouts.

Members of the public can now vote online, by SMS text message, by visiting a local Bank of Scotland branch and, for the first time, using Twitter.

The number of votes cast in each community will determine how the Community Fund awards are allocated.

In each community, the group that receives the most votes will receive a £3,000 award, with the second placed group receiving an award of £2,000.

Those in third and fourth place will receive £1,000 and £500 respectively.

Earlier this year, members of the public, Bank of Scotland customers and staff nominated more than 1,200 community groups. Of those, nearly 700 applied and these were then whittled down to a shortlist of the final 232 local good causes.

Public voting for the Community Fund 2014 is open until October 10.

Mike Moran, Director, Bank of Scotland said: “We are proud to be able to support more community groups than ever before continue their vital work through our Community Fund.”

To find out more visit www.bankofscotland.co.uk/communityfund