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There are fewer than 10 days left to get your applications in for The Gazette’s £10,000 Community Giveaway.

We have teamed up with the Swallowdale Children’s Trust to offer grants to deserving young people under 25.

Applications have been winging our way– including one from Staining School PTFA which is hoping to get some funding to replace the school’s playground equipment.

Jayne Roberts, who has submitted the application, said the Staining Road school’s previous trim trail exercise path was condemned and removed, leaving the children with no outdoor equipment.

She said: “A quote of £20,000 has been received from Schoolscapes, and the plan is to install the new equipment in two phases, with the first phase being installed before the end of this summer term.

“However, we have a long way to go to reach our target.

“A grant from the Swallowdale Children’s Trust will help us to achieve our fund-raising target and get us one step nearer to installing phase one.

“This will improve the children’s school experience by creating an area at playtime where children can socialise and take part in physical activity, which encourages health and wellbeing.”

The Community Giveaway is now in its third year.

The grants are available for 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.

Previous beneficiaries include Scout, Rainbows and Guides groups, as well as Bispham-based TramShed Theatre Company, which works with young people with disabilities.

Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who need help with funding school books and uniform as well as children who are pursuing sporting dreams have also benefited previously.

To apply for a grant from Swallowdale Children’s Trust as part of our £10,000 giveaway, email competitions@blackpoolgazette.co.uk with Swallowdale in the subject field, or write to Swallowdale Children’s Trust Community Giveaway, The Gazette, Avroe House, Avroe Crescent,Blackpool Business Park, Blackpool FY4 2DP.

Applicants are asked to explain in no more than 250 words why they deserve a grant from Swallowdale Children’s Trust, how it would be used and what a difference it would make.

Applications should arrive no later than Friday, April 24.