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Archant papers join forces with Comic Relief to give away £125k

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Two Archant daily newspapers are joining forces with Comic Relief to give away £125,000 of cash to deserving local community groups.

The Norwich Evening News has £50,000 to give away to groups across the city and the East Anglian Daily Times has £75,000 for groups across Suffolk and north east Essex.

Organisations such as social clubs, children’s groups, churches, theatre companies or charities could benefit.

Tim Williams, Norwich Evening News managing editor, said: “The Community Cash initiative is brilliant news for people in Norwich. Once again, thanks to the support of Comic Relief, more than 50 groups and organisations will benefit from grants of up to £1,000 and I am sure it will make a difference to people throughout our community.

“Every day, the pages of our newspaper carry articles about groups which improve people’s lives and strengthen community spirit, and now they can get some extra support they need. Last year, more than 50 organisations were given funds to continue doing their great work. We are delighted we can once again help here in Norwich.”

Tim will be part of the panel – along with the Norfolk Community Foundation and Comic Relief, which decides who should receive grants, and he encouraged as many people as possible to apply as quickly as possible.

A total of £75,000 is also up for grabs for local organisations and good causes in association with the EADT when community groups can apply for sums worth between £500 and £1,000.

Last year the EADT helped organisations such as centres providing educational activities in safe environments for vulnerable young children, support groups for victims of domestic violence and a horse riding centre for disabled people receive funding boosts.

Applications will be handled by the Suffolk and Essex Community Foundations, which already offer similar funding to community and charitable groups.

Mandy Abdel Aziz, operations director at Suffolk Community Foundation, said: “It is aimed at supporting the cornerstones of our communities, ensuring that all charitable groups that are striving to improve their communities can. We want to help as many of these groups as possible, and with £75,000 available we are hoping to help a wide range of groups including lunch clubs, training projects and youth clubs.”

Terry Hunt, EADT editor, said: “We are delighted that Comic Relief has chosen us as partners and we look forward to being able to help dozens of very deserving local groups in the coming months.”

The Evening News has been running a similar initiative for the last five years and the EADT joined in last year.

To apply for Red Nose Day Community Cash go to Suffolk Community Foundation website, or in Norwich go to the Norfolk Community Foundation website.

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