Grass roots projects to share in £100k Sport Relief awards
RUGBY star Danny Cipriani visited youngsters taking part in an alcohol awareness programme as applications opened for Sport Relief cash.
The Sale Sharks fly-half called in at Streetwise 2000 in Bury and got involved with alcohol awareness education.
The project aims to improve the emotional well-being and mental health of 16 to 24-yearolds and recently received a Sport Relief Community Cash grant.
Awards of £500 to £1,000 are available to small grass roots community organisations in Greater Manchester with a total of £100,000 being given away.
Streetwise will put its money towards a co-ordinator for the project and the costs of group activities.
Cipriani is one of many famous faces supporting Sport Relief, as the country limbers up for the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games in March.
He said: “It’s great to see projects like Streetwise 2000 being able to support youngsters in my area. The Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games gives everyone the chance to do themselves proud.
“By running, walking, swimming or cycling at the amazing Queens Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday, March 20, you can raise cash that will help to transform the lives of people living right here in the north west.”
The games will be taking place on March 18 to 20 at the Olympic Park as well as Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, Norwich and Sheffield – with hundreds of local events across the UK. Half of all the money raised by the public is spent in the UK, with the other half used to make a difference in the world’s poorest communities.
Victoria Southwell, UK grants manager at Comic Relief, said: “Sport Relief is delighted to be working with the MWN and offering Sport Relief community cash once again to local groups in Greater Manchester.
“We have funded some truly fantastic work in the local area, and are looking forward to seeing some new groups applying.
Thanks to the hard work of these groups, money raised through Sport Relief can get right to the heart of the local community and make a real difference where it is most needed.
“I urge as many groups as possible to get their applications in now for their chance to get a grant from the £100,000 on offer.”
Applications for community cash grants are open now, with Forever Manchester working with Comic Relief to get the cash to the groups that need it most. They close on Thursday, February 17.
Interested groups can apply by going to the website forevermanchester.com/ commcash16.
●● Sale Sharks rugby star Danny Cipriani