A grant application deadline has been extended by two weeks.

Shropshire groups entering the Yorkshire Bank's Spirit of the Community Awards 2018 now have until Tuesday, April 3, 2018 to apply.

The bank has also announced it will present one of the successful organisations with a Special Recognition Award, worth an additional £5,000.

Now in its sixth year, the 2018 Awards will take the total donated to community groups across the UK to more than £1 million.

Debbie Crosbie, Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks chief operating officer and chairman of the Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation, said: “We want to maximise the opportunity for registered charities and not for profit community groups to apply for awards which could make a real difference to their local communities.”

The bank makes donations to recognise and support community projects which are going the extra mile.

Registered charities and not for profit organisations are invited to enter their projects into the awards scheme under one of three categories: 1) projects which help people to have a healthy relationship with money; 2) projects which help people to improve their local environment; and 3) projects which help people into employment.

Five projects will be selected in each of the three categories and all 15 winners will be awarded £5,000 each.

For more information about the awards or to enter, visit www.ybonline.co.uk/foundation or go any Yorkshire Bank branch for an application form.