WITH JUST over two weeks left until applications close, rural communities off the mains gas grid are being encouraged to submit their applications to the Calor Rural Community Fund.

Now in its third year, the fund aims to reward deserving rural community projects with 21 prize pots ranging from £1,000 to £5,000.

Andy Parker, Calor’s head of corporate affairs said: “From wrestling clubs to second hand community shops, there has been all sorts of varied and deserving projects come forward to apply for this year’s fund, but we are certain there must be many more community groups out there that would really benefit from the grants available.

“As a company we are passionate about supporting rural communities. Over the past two years, we’ve seen the Calor Rural Community Fund contribute to numerous projects that have helped improve local life, including village hall refurbishments and new equipment for sporting and music groups.

“Because we’ve seen first-hand the difference our funding can really make to these communities, we have made the decision to up the total prize pot to £70,000 for this year’s scheme."

Calor will be joined by a panel of judges from organisations including Business in the Community, mental health charity Mind, Crowdfunder, Plunkett Foundation and Rural England to help decide on the winners, which will be announced on July 18.

Applications are open until April 29. To apply, visit calor.co.uk/communityfund