Non-profit organisations reminded to enter the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund

Coca-Cola has reminded non-profit organisations in Westmeath about the opportunity to apply to the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund. The fund is making €125,000 in funding available to community and voluntary groups promoting active lifestyles in Westmeath and throughout the island of Ireland. The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund is open for entries now until July 6; applications can be made online at www.coca-cola.ie/thankyou

The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund, which is being supported by The Wheel and The Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA ), has been developed to support innovative projects and initiatives that are helping people and communities adopt and enjoy more active lifestyles.

Erica Roseingrave, public affairs and communications manager, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland said: “We’re reminding people in Westmeath of the opportunity to apply to the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund which will distribute a total of €125,000 in awards to voluntary organisations. Last year the fund received over 600 applications and the majority were under the active lifestyles category. As a result this year we’re specifically looking to support ideas which will help people adopt and enjoy more active lifestyles. We are especially interested in hearing about new and innovative ideas which need seed funding to get off the ground and good ideas which we can help make a reality.”

A total of €125,000 is available for distribution through the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund to eligible organisations. Ten projects will €10,000 grants and this year, an outstanding overall winner will be awarded funding of €25,000. The project selected will represent best practice and will be a creative, innovative initiative capable of being replicated in other communities.

The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund is open for entries until July 6. All applications will be accepted online at www.coca-cola.ie/thankyou After the entries are closed a judging panel consisting of Coca-Cola, The Wheel, and the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action will create a shortlist of 45 organisations which will be published on the Coca-Cola website on September 1. The public vote will account for 50 per cent of the final decision and a vote by an expert judging panel will account for the remaining 50 per cent. The winners will be announced by November 2012.

Full details on the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund can be found at www.coca-cola.ie/thankyou

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