Midlothian groups bank on charity cash

A NEW initiative to help local charities and organisations to raise their profile has been launched by the Royal Bank of Scotland.

CommunityForce will be offering local projects the chance to win awards of £6000 each in 158 areas across the United Kingdom.

One of the funds – totalling £18,000 – will be available to communities in Midlothian, with three separate projects in line to receive an award.

Organisations and charities can apply at www.rbs.com/communityforce before September 4. An online public vote will then decide on the three organisations to each receive £6000.

The new CommunityForce initiative will offer organisations more than just financial support. By applying for the awards, groups will become part of a local online network giving them greater visibility and the opportunity to attract volunteers from the local area.

RBS staff will also be getting involved by volunteering their time and expertise, supporting the bank’s commitment to deliver 3000 days of community volunteering in 2011.

Alex Moffat was recently appointed local chief executive officer for RBS in Midlothian.

He said: “I’m delighted to be launching CommunityForce in Midlothian and I hope lots of local charities and good causes will apply for funding. The local community will decide who gets the funding which will ensure these funds go to the organisations and projects local people value most.”