Better Society nomination

Skipton Building Society has been shortlisted for a Commitment to the Local Community Award for its Grassroots Giving programme.

The society’s community-funding scheme Grassroots Giving, which picked up two key awards in 2015 with Mortgage Finance Gazette and Corporate Engagement Awards, and has now been put forward for the Better Society Awards.

Grassroots Giving was launched in 2013 to celebrate the society’s 160th birthday and since then has donated a total of £241,500 to hundreds of small neighbourhood groups across the country. The scheme will be running again in 2016, this time giving £500 pots to 163 groups.

Roy Prenton, of Skipton’s Grassroots Giving team, said: “We’re delighted to be shortlisted in the Better Society Awards. Grassroots Giving has already helped hundreds of small community gropups which might not normally attract any funding and we are looking forward to launching it in 2016.”

Organised by the Better Society Network and now in its second successful year, the Better Society Awards reach out beyond the horizons of any one sector to assess and reward those who are helping create a better, more equal, ethical and sustainable world from the corporate perspective.  

The winners will be announced at the gala dinner on 12 May 2016 at the Millennium Hotel, London Mayfair.

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