Tuesday, 01 September 2015

Companies urged to help charity scheme

BUSINESSES are being urged to pledge money to ensure Cumbria’s communities do not miss out on thousands of pounds of cash.

The Community First Endowment Match Challenge is a government-backed scheme which aims to encourage more charitable giving by businesses and individuals.

Under the scheme, the Office of Civil Society will add a 50 per cent cash top up to new charitable funds set up through the Cumbria Community Foundation.

Overall the government has allocated £477,710 of match-funding to Cumbria. However, the foundation must raise double that figure by the end of March 2015.

Director Andy Beeforth said it still needed to find another £180,000 before the end of March.

He said: “ Even though the current economic climate is tough, with this level of government cash on the table there’s never been a better time to set up a new charitable fund.”

Visit www.cumbriafoundation.org for more information about the fund or benefiting from the Community First Match Challenge.


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