A £ 1million charitable donation to support young people has been launched.
Housebuilder Persimmon Homes introduced the Building Futures program, which aims to support community groups working with those under the age of 18 in three categories – education and the arts, health and sport.
Doug Law, Regional President of Persimmon Homes in Scotland, said: “Young people are at the heart of all of our futures, and we are fortunate to be able to lend our support and help create positive results through our Building Futures campaign.
“We will donate £ 1,000 to £ 100,000 to grassroots sports groups, charities dealing with physical and mental health issues, as well as community art and education projects.
“As we emerge from the global pandemic, we believe that we need more than ever to ensure the health and well-being of our communities.
“Persimmon already donates £ 768,000 annually to good causes through its Community Champions fundraising program and through Building Futures, we focus our support exclusively on the youngest members of our society.”
Building Futures is being carried out through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation in partnership with Team GB, the British Olympic Association, and the company has enlisted the help of Olympic gold medalist cyclist Dani Rowe to launch the program.
Rowe said, “This initiative is a great way to support the youth in our communities and I encourage anyone who is eligible to apply for funding.
“These amounts of money can be life changing and make a real difference for beneficiaries.”
A total of 128 grants of £ 1,000 will be awarded to the 32 regional businesses in Persimmon to improve local facilities and deliver vital community projects.
Three initiatives will each win £ 100,000 through a nationwide public online vote. The winners will be named in a grand final in November.
In each sector – education and the arts, health and sport – as well as the top prize of £ 100,000 there will be a second prize of £ 50,000 and a third prize of £ 20,000, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive 5 £ 000.
Mr Law added, “We are looking for groups, charities and individuals who have amazing ideas on how to spend the big cash prizes to come forward.
“We will consider everything – from new clubs and kits, to education and arts centers, to research and support.”
To learn more about Building Futures and to apply, visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity/building-futures