Time is running out on the chance to apply for cash from a leading housebuilder and be in with a chance of scooping the £100,000 top prize.
Persimmon Homes launched its Building Futures initiative in May to support community youth projects across three categories: sports, education & arts, and health.
Over the last three months, Persimmon Homes North Midlands has selected winners and given away £1,000 to Weldon CE Primary School, Stoney Stanton Tennis Club and Youth Education Project (YEP).
There is now just one week left to submit an entry and be considered as a monthly winner or a finalist vying for the big prize.
Nadine O’Dowd, sales director for Persimmon Homes North Midlands, said: “The quality and variety of applicants for this funding scheme has been fantastic, and we have been absolutely overwhelmed by the response.
But the closing date for entries is midnight on May 31st so I would urge anyone thinking of applying not to leave it any longer.”
Weldon CE Primary School’s PFTA applied for the funding to transform its outdoor trim trail, after play equipment fell into disrepair, meaning pupils will not be able to use it this summer.
Stoney Stanton Tennis Club, which has more than 150 members, 69 of which are junior players, applied for the funding to allow them to provide two new toilet facilities.
Youth Education Project (YEP) provides engagement and diversionary activities to support children and young people in Leicester, with activities in arts, music, sports, fashion and design. The group will use the cash to provide a summer scheme to support families, children and young people who need a safe space to take part in activities to engage them and help develop new skills.
Building Futures is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation and is aimed at community projects for people aged under 18, targeting grassroots sports groups, charities dealing with physical and mental health issues or awareness, as well as community arts and education projects.
Monthly grants of £1,000 will be awarded across Persimmon’s 32 regional businesses to improve facilities and the delivery of vital grassroots community projects.
In addition to the £1,000 monthly awards, three initiatives will go on to win £100,000 each through a national award scheme voted on by the public. The overall winners will be named at a gala dinner for finalists in October.
In each sector – sport, education & arts, and health – as well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.
Persimmon Homes is an official partner of Team GB as it prepares for Tokyo 2020 and beyond.
To find out more about or to apply Building Futures visit www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures/