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£115,000 Needed in York Donations to Help Local Charity

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2:02pm 7th March 2013

The local Community Foundation will miss out on almost £60,000 if it cannot find York donors by the end of the month

The Two Ridings Community Foundation, which supports community projects in York as well as North and East Yorkshire, and Hull, has to raise £115,000 in York by the end of March to trigger a match-funding pay-out from the government.

The charity, which has distributed grants of over £5m since its launch in 2001, supports a range of community projects from helping the elderly stay warm and healthy during the winter with the Surviving Winter Campaign to funding youth projects, community facilities and projects for people with disabilities via the Catalyst Fund.

But now the charity is struggling to meet targets for the government-funded Community First Challenge. Chair Philip Ingham DL said if they don’t manage to raise the funds they’ll miss out on almost £60,000 from the government.

“This money should be available to support York,” he said. “It seems a terrible shame that it might go unclaimed when it could be spent addressing York’s needs and funding creative and enriching projects across the city.

“The problem is, a lot of donors are holding back due to the current climate, but of course the current climate means small charities and community groups need our support more than ever. They, and their beneficiaries, suffer disproportionately from cuts and difficult circumstances.

“So now we are appealing to businesses, families, individuals and groups that want to help their community, to claim this cash incentive and the tax benefits too.”

The government has pledged to contribute £1 for every £2 donated to the Two Ridings Community Foundation to encourage both businesses and individuals to make charitable donations in their area.

Two Ridings Grants Director Jan Norton said, “Community First was created to challenge donors to give locally and in return, the government would reward them by increasing their donation by 50%. It is a fantastic opportunity to create a York fund that will support the city and address its needs for years to come.

“Last year alone we distributed almost £45,000 to community groups in York, such as the Out of Character and Joseph Rowntree theatre groups, Edible York and BTCV's environmental projects, York Down Syndrome Parents' Group and Snappy, to help the well-known group deliver life skills training for young people with special needs.

“We would like to be able to keep supporting fantastic projects like these with grants but need donations to do so.”

York residents can donate to the York Community First Fund which will support local community and voluntary groups at the forefront of tackling community needs across the city. Or, donors can set up a named fund, which allows them to select the types of project they wish to support.

All donations will go into endowed funds that will generate income for York for years to come.

For details see www.trcf.org.uk or contact the Two Ridings Community Foundation on 01759 377 400 or at office@trcf.org.uk

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