Housebuilder launches £1million charity giveaway to support young people across Britain
Housebuilder Persimmon Homes has launched a £1million charity giveaway to support young people across Britain.
The Building Futures scheme aims to support community groups working with under-18s across three categories – education and arts, health and sport.
Scott Waters, managing director for Persimmon Homes Yorkshire, said: “Young people are at the heart of all our futures, and we are fortunate to be able to provide support and help create positive outcomes through our Building Futures campaign.
“We will make donations from £1,000 to £100,000 to grassroots sports groups, charities dealing with physical and mental health issues, as well as community arts and education projects.”
Building Futures is delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation in partnership with Team GB, the British Olympic Association, and the company enlisted the help of Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Dani Rowe to launch the scheme.
Dani said: “This initiative is a superb way of supporting young people across our communities and I would encourage anyone who is eligible to apply for funding. These sums of money can be life-changing and could make a real difference to the recipients.”
A total of 128 grants of £1,000 will be awarded across Persimmon’s 32 regional businesses to improve local facilities and the delivery of vital community projects.
Three initiatives will go on to win £100,000 each through a national online public vote. The winners will be named at a grand final in November.
In each sector – education and arts, health and sport – 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.
Scott Waters added: “We are looking for groups, charities and individuals who have amazing ideas on how to spend the big cash prizes to come forward. We will consider anything – from new clubhouses and kit to education and arts centres, research and support.”
Applications close at midnight on Sunday, August 15.
To find out more about Building Futures or to apply visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity/building-futures