Learning disability charity’s one-to-one meetings receive bank funding

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DUNS based charity Interest Link Borders has benefitted from an award of £9,014 in the first tranche of donations for 2012 from the Bank of Scotland Foundation, bringing the foundation’s donations to over £1.6m to charities across Scotland since it was created in November 2010.

Interest Link Borders improves the quality of life of people with learning disabilities through volunteer befriending and this donation will enable them to provide weekly one-to-one meetings for thirty-five users in the area who are isolated and excluded from society.

Kate Guthrie, HR director, insurance, Lloyds Banking Group and chair of the foundation’s board of trustees commented, “We had a fantastic response to the first year of the Small Grants Programme and are now delighted to be entering our second year of funding.

“Interest Link Borders provided an excellent proposal showing a real need for funding and we are pleased to be able to help them provide this valuable service to their community. ”

The Bank of Scotland Foundation is an independent charity working with charities across Scotland supporting people and their local communities. The Foundation receives an annual donation of £1m from Lloyds Banking Group to fund the Foundation’s Small Grants Programme and Employee Matched Giving Scheme.

The second tranche of funding for 2012 is now open and charities have until Monday, April 16, 2012 to send in their applications.

Applications are accepted up to and including £20,000 for the Small Grants Programme and grants are awarded for one year only.

Full details and a Small Grants application form can be downloaded from the website at www.bankofscotlandfoundation.org as well as information on the Foundation’s Matched Giving Scheme.