Charity cash still up for grabs

NatWest is still looking to help charities and volunteer groups through its CommunityForce initiative.

Through the initiative 158 individual CommunityForce areas have been created – one of which is available in North Nottinghamshire which for the bank includes Mansfield, New Ollerton, Shirebrook and Southwell - offering local projects the chance to win one of three £6,000 awards.

Organisations and charities can apply for a CommunityForce award at www.natwest.com/communityforce or www.rbs.co.uk/communityforce before 4th September.

An on-line public vote will then decide which three organisations will receive the awards, ensuring the winners are those that local people feel benefit their community most.

The new CommunityForce initiative will offer organisations more than just financial support. By applying for the awards, charities and projects will become part of a local online network giving them greater visibility and the opportunity to attract volunteers from the local area. NatWest’s people will also be volunteering their time and expertise, and supporting the bank’s commitment to deliver 7000 days of community volunteering in 2011.

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Charlotte Rich the newly appointed Local Chief Executive Officer for NatWest in North Nottinghamshire, said: ‘NatWest has a long and proud history of supporting the community in North Nottinghamshire and I’m delighted that one of the first tasks in my new role is to launch CommunityForce locally. It is really important to me that the bank is giving the community the chance to vote for the award winners, ensuring these funds go to the organisations local people value the most.”

Charlotte added: “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 our time and expertise”