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Sport Relief Community Cash grants launched today for local organisations in Suffolk and Essex

08:00 14 January 2016

Embargoed until 00.01 14.01.16 Free for Editorial use in relation to Sport Relief 2016 until 30th March 2016. World Champion rower James Cracknell gets serious for the launch of Sport Relief 2016 today as he encourages the nation to get active and raise cash by signing up to the Sainsburyâ¬"s Sport Relief Games. Follow the gold-medallistâ¬"s lead and sign up to walk, run, swim or cycle yourself proud at sportrelief.com.

Embargoed until 00.01 14.01.16 Free for Editorial use in relation to Sport Relief 2016 until 30th March 2016. World Champion rower James Cracknell gets serious for the launch of Sport Relief 2016 today as he encourages the nation to get active and raise cash by signing up to the Sainsburyâ¬"s Sport Relief Games. Follow the gold-medallistâ¬"s lead and sign up to walk, run, swim or cycle yourself proud at sportrelief.com.

Embargoed until 00.01 14.01.16 Free for Editorial use in relation to Sport Relief 2016 until 30th March 2016.This image is inten

Having given out tens of thousands in grants last year, the Community Cash project from Sport Relief has been a vital part in helping small groups and good causes achieve more.

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This year, the fund has made £47,500 available for groups across Suffolk and Essex, with applications for grants of £500-£1,000 open today.

But while the project is being run by Sport Relief, it is not only sporting organisations that can apply, but groups across the whole community – from coffee mornings and community hubs to charities and sports clubs.

The cause is open for small, local organisations which helps people of all ages, including those who are retired, disabled and youngsters, and projects for people coping with a range of issues such as victims of abuse.

Backed by the Suffolk and Essex Community Foundations, the project ensures the money reaches those who need it.

Victoria Southwell, UK grants manager for Comic Relief said: “Comic Relief is delighted to be working with the East Anglian Daily Times offering Sport Relief Community Cash once again to groups across Suffolk and Essex.

“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 £47,500 on offer.”

The final deadline for Sport Relief Community Cash applications is Monday, February 15, so organisations in need of a cash boost are advised to get their applications in now.

Meanwhile, people across Suffolk can do their bit for Sport Relief this year, by signing up to the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games taking place from March 18-20.

Hundreds of events will take place across the region, with participants able to join walk, run, swim or cycle events where they live.

Each year dozens get into the team spirit by sporting fancy dress outfits and raises thousands of pounds to make a difference to those in need both in the UK and some of the poorest nations abroad.

To enter the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games, visit www.sportrelief.com.

Any small organisation in Suffolk or Essex which works with local people living tough lives can apply for the Sport Relief Community Cash grant, with grants of between £500 and £1,000 available.

For Essex organisations please visit www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk and for Suffolk-based groups visit www.suffolkcf.org.uk.

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