£25,000 worth of grants to help young people across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre

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The Gazette is delighted to team up once again with Swallowdale Children’s Trust, who is giving away a massive £25,000 worth of grants to help young people across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre!

The grants are available for deserving groups and individuals under 25 years of age who are in need of a helping hand.

Schools, community groups, sports clubs and societies are eligible to apply for a grant which will make a real difference to your cause.

You may need a new clubhouse, or essential equipment, or financial assistance to improve your facilities which will benefit your group.

Or perhaps you want to take your members on a special trip or outing.

Individuals may be in need of essential household items, trying to cope with a new addition to the family, or need to attend training or education courses to improve your career prospects.

So if you or your organisation are in need of some financial help, then we want to hear from you. This is a fantastic once in a lifetime opportunity, so why delay, contact us now.

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for a grant from Swallowdale Children’s Trust, simply email us at competitions@blackpoolgazette.co.uk with Swallowdale in the subject field, or write to us at Swallowdale Children’s Trust Community Giveaway, The Gazette, Avroe House, Avroe Crescent, Blackpool Business Park, Blackpool FY4 2DP to arrive no later than Friday April 28 2017.

Tell us in no more than 250 words why you feel you deserve a helping hand from Swallowdale Children’s Trust, how you would specifically use a grant and what a difference it would make to you or your community group. Add your name, address, name of organisation if applicable, and a contact telephone number. Standard Gazette competition rules apply. For any queries, call 01253 361709.

Terms and Conditions:

Applications from individuals must be supported by a letter from an independent person who can verify the veracity of the application. Grants will be awarded either in the form of cash or vouchers at the discretion of Swallowdale Children’s Trust. Awards will be decided jointly by The Gazette and Swallowdale.

Swallowdale Children’s Trust has, for over 100 years, provided assistance to disadvantaged children and adults under the age of 25 years, living in the Blackpool Fylde and Wyre area.

This trust was set up on the death of a Miss Sarah Massey who by her will left money towards the funding of an orphanage in Blackpool. With the assistance of a ladies committee fund raising took place and in 1914 an orphanage was opened at 121 Talbot Road Blackpool. The first matron was a Miss Swallow, after whom the trust was renamed.

Until 1960, the trustees ran the orphanage entirely supported by voluntary contributions and investments. Then the trustees purchased land on Hornby Road Blackpool and opened a new home on that land The Swallowdale Children’s Home. This home is now run by Blackpool Borough Council as a respite home for a small number of children.

The trust continues to meet written applications supported by independent or professional third parties, which establish a need as opposed to a desirability.

The Trustees grants assistance by payments to third parties or by issue of vouchers for, by way of example, new beds and bedding for children whose parents have lost their homes, clothing grants to young people, safety equipment in a home to protect young children, part payment of nursery or training fees.

In addition the Trustees have supported applications from local groups including Homestart and Surestart, Life education Centres,

MOSAC and Lancashire Outward Bound Association, as well as giving £55,000 in grants to Gazette readers since 2013.

The Secretary to the Trust, Alexa Alderson, can be contacted at P.O. Box 1301, Blackpool, FY1 9HD, secswallowdale@hotmail.co.uk, or telephone 07919 154952