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The UK's community groups need your votes to win share of £81,500 Grassroots Giving funding

2 September 2016 by Roy Prenton

Over 370 community groups from across the UK have been shortlisted for our Grassroots Giving campaign.

More than 370 community groups from across the country have all been shortlisted for Skipton Building Society's Grassroots Giving campaign which this year has £81,500 to donate.

Now these groups are looking to secure enough public votes to become one of the 163 community groups which will all receive pots of £500.

Hundreds of applications from community groups all across the UK have been received, and the Grassroots Giving team has carefully selected groups it feels will benefit from the generous funding.

Having made it to this stage, the groups are now calling upon the public to vote for them to be one of the 163 organisations to receive a £500 donation. It all now comes down to the community to choose who is awarded the funds.

Voting is now open until 14 October and can be cast by either going online and visiting or conveniently in any Skipton Building Society branch.

Each group has an online profile on Skipton’s Grassroots Giving website, with information showcasing the excellent work the organisations achieve.

The Grassroots Giving team has also launched a set of free resources to help support community groups and voluntary organisations in a range of areas from gaining funding to recruiting volunteers. More information about these can be found at These are available to all - whether you have applied for the funding or not.

David Cutter, Skipton’s Group Chief Executive said: “ From previous year’s activity we have already had a number of groups get in touch to tell us how much they valued our support - the money enabled them to evolve their groups, and in many ways has helped to secure the future of their group.

“These local groups are hugely resourceful and are providing valued contributions to their communities and neighbourhoods. We’ve shortlisted the groups who we feel will make the most of the support we can offer them to further build their impact in the coming years and we’re looking forward to the public getting behind this to choose the projects they’d like us to support.”

Skipton Building Society launched its Grassroots Giving programme as part of its 160th anniversary celebrations in 2013. In order to build on the legacy of the organisation Skipton this year committed to 163 pots of £500 for their fourth year.

Editors' notes

  1. Skipton is the UK’s fourth largest building society, with over 858,000 customers, £18.9bn of assets and a national presence represented by its network of 95 branches and 3 agencies. Skipton offers mortgages, savings and restricted financial advice. It heads the Skipton Building Society Group, whose subsidiary companies include Skipton International Limited and significant interests in estate agency and related businesses through the Connells group.
  2. Skipton’s mortgages and savings were independently endorsed with 136 independent media best-buy table mentions in the first six months of 2016.
  3. 2016 saw Skipton named for the second year running as one of the UK’s Top 100 Companies to Work For. The Society climbed 11 places to 47th position in the Sunday Times list which is widely acknowledged as the most searching and extensive research into employee engagement carried out in the country. In 2016 Skipton also achieved a double success at the MoneySuperMarket Supers awards - being named Best Cash ISA Savings Provider and Best Savings Account Provider. The Society was also named a Trusted Savings Account Provider in the 2016 Moneywise Customer Service Awards. In June Skipton Intermediaries scooped a Five Star Award at the FT Adviser Service Online Innovation and Service Awards. 2016 also saw the Society awarded a long service award from Investors in People in recognition of twenty years accreditation. Investors in People is recognised worldwide and holding Gold standard puts Skipton in the top 7% of all accredited organisations. In July 2016, Skipton has been declared the Best National Building Society 2016 in the What Mortgage Awards.
  4. In May 2016, global ratings agency Fitch upgraded Skipton’s long-term IDR to A- (from BBB+) with a stable outlook and its short-term IDR upgraded to F1 (from F2). Skipton Building Society is also rated by Moody’s (Baa2/P-2 with a stable outlook).

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