A £20,000 cash pot is being made available to Teesside community groups, charities and schools.
The £20,000 Golden Giveaway will give 15 not-for-profit organisations a chance to share the cash, which is being made available by the patrons of Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation.
The 15 finalists will each receive at least £500 – but they could win up to £5,000 if they receive more votes than their fellow charities in a public poll.
While the community group receiving most votes will receive £5,000, the second-placed charity will receive £2,500, there’s £2,000 for third place, fourth and fifth get £1,500, sixth to eighth will receive £1,000, with £750 for ninth to 12th, and the final three will get £500 each.
Foundation trustee Emily Bentley, of Wynyard-based Evolution Business and Tax Advisors, said: “This is an amazing opportunity for Teesside community groups to win significant sums of cash to fund their organisation.
“We’re always amazed by the range of very special groups there are out there, most of them reliant on the incredible volunteers who dedicate their spare time to helping others.
“These groups are the fabric of Teesside’s society so it’s great to be able to support them in this way.”
To apply for the £20,000 Golden Giveaway, organisations should visit the ‘Request Funding’ page on www.teessidecharity.org.uk – the deadline for applications is May 27.
Foundation patrons will then meet to select 15 to go forward to the public vote that will ultimately decide how much each finalist receives.
The Golden Giveaway is supported by more than 40 Teesside companies and individuals who are patrons of the Philanthropic Foundation.
The companies include Erimus Insurance Brokers, logistics firm InBond, Cleveland Cable Company, Bulkhaul, Redcar-based First Choice Labels, The Keys Yarm, Middlesbrough’s AV Dawson and Unasys, and Stockton’s Castlegate Shopping Centre.