£100k of Comic Relief funds up for grabs
COMMUNITY groups can apply to Comic Relief for a share of a £100,000 cash pot.
Projects can win between £500 to £1,000 from the charity to help their cause.
The fund is open to a wide range of applicants from sports groups and lunch clubs to carer support organisations and advice service.
Among those to have already benefited from the fund is the anti-gang group Fathers Against Violence.
It was set up by James Gregory after his son Giuseppe was gunned down in Stretford aged just 16 in 2009.
It used the money to set up the ‘ Can U Kick It?’ football project, which runs free weekly sessions for boys, aged six to 16.
James says the grant allowed him to take positive action to support teens living in deprived areas of Manchester and help them stay clear of crime.
The cash has helped keep the sessions running and covers the expenses of the volunteer coaches, who also act as mentors to the boys and prevent them falling in with gangs.
Around 75 youngsters take part in the sessions which are held four times a week.
His son Giuseppe was shot dead outside the Robin Hood pub in Stretford – Greater Manchester’s last fatal gang-related shooting.
James said: “Our mis- sion is to put an end to the tragic loss of young lives by inspiring our youth to believe in themselves and have the ambition to pursue a life outside gangs.”
Groups have until February 23 to apply for funds – log on to forevermanchester.com.
This year, Comic Relief organisers are asking the public to make their faces ‘funny for money’ on Red Nose Day on Friday, March 13.
People across Greater Manchester are being urged to paint their faces, wear a Red Nose or even grow a sponsored combover to raise life-changing cash for vulnerable people in the UK and Africa.
●● James Gregory used Comic Relief funding to help set up the ‘Can U Kick It?’ football project