Spar wholesaler AF Blakemore has launched a £30,000 grant scheme to award community groups that helped vulnerable people during the crisis.
The Community Cashback Grant scheme is open for applications via Blakemore Spar Facebook pages until 9 July.
Grants will be awarded to good causes across four regions, voted for by the public on a weekly basis.
Every Monday for four weeks, 12 finalists will be announced on the wholesaler’s website and Facebook pages.
The public will then vote for the group they want to receive the top grant of £1,000 in their region, with £500 and £375 awarded for the second and third most popular.
There will be 48 winners in total.
“AF Blakemore has played a key role in local communities throughout the coronavirus pandemic – supplying essential goods and services via its Spar stores, supporting RVS’s Volunteer Responders scheme and helping local councils feed vulnerable people via its foodservice operation,” said Blakemore group marketing director Sarah Ellis.
“At the same time the business has received a lot of great support back from local communities, and we want to say thank you to everyone doing great things for others. We hope that our Community Cashback grants go a small way to helping people in need.”