Four community groups in line for cash windfall

Community groups in Galloway are facing the prospect of a cash windfall depending of public votes.

With a grant of up to £3,000 onoffer, the four fighting for top sport are the Order St John Scotland Stranraer; Whauphill Community Association; Dumfries & Galloway Befriending Project and Galloway Mountain Rescue.

The Bank of Scotland Community Fund 2014 is open for voting and you can now vote online, by SMS text message, by visiting a local Bank of Scotland branch and, for the first time, using Twitter.

The number of votes cast in each community will determine how Community Fund awards are allocated. In each community the good cause that receives the most votes will receive a £3,000 award, with the second placed group receiving an award of £2,000, those in third and fourth place receiving £1,000 and £500 respectively.

Earlier this year, members of the public, Bank of Scotland customers and colleagues, nominated over 1200 community groups, nearly 700 applied and were then shortlisted to the final 232 local good causes.

Mike Moran, Director, Bank of Scotland said: “Through our Helping Britain Prosper Plan we have committed to being the banking group that brings communities together to help them thrive. We are incredibly proud to be able to support more community groups than ever before to continue their vital work through our Community Fund 2014. This year your vote can make a significant difference to the amount awarded to each community group so I encourage everyone to take a moment to vote for a good cause locally.”

Public voting for the Community Fund 2014 is open until 10 October 2014. Votes can be cast in Bank of Scotland branches, online, by SMS text message and, for the first time, via Twitter. To find out more and vote visit