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Community Assistance Programme launched to support charities and not-for-profit organisations

John Gray & Co Funeral Directors, who have been serving the community of North Down for more than 60 years, has launched an initiative to support local projects and build long-lasting relationships.

The John Gray & Co Community Assistance Programme is open for applications and ready to award small grants of £300 to eligible organisations in their community.

John Gray & Co Funeral Directors aim to support projects taking place within one mile of their funeral homes in Bangor, Holywood and Newtownards.

The team want to support causes led by people who have a clear understanding of community issues and that address the needs of the most disadvantaged people in the local area.

Funeral Manager Barbara Wilson said: “Everyone at John Gray & Co Funeral Directors is proud to be working for a business which has been serving our communities for so long.

“These are challenging economic times, with organisations having to evaluate how and where they spend their money.

“This will undoubtedly have a knock-on effect for community projects, especially at grassroots level, and we want to help them so they can continue their outstanding work.

“But we don’t want to give the grant and that be the end of the matter.

“We are keen to use this as a first step in building long-term relationships with the organisations who contact us.

“If you are involved with, a scheme that could benefit, then please get in touch.”

The fund will be distributed in three cycles, with the first now open. The deadline for this round of applications is October 29 at noon. The other two cycles will open in January 2024 and April 2024.

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