COMMUNITY groups across the region have the chance to win a complete makeover of their buildings as part of an annual competition.
Called ‘community spirit’, the competition is open to any group or charity which has an outdoor structure in need of maintenance work.
Scout groups, community centres and schools are among the kinds of organisations which are being encouraged to apply.
The contest is being run by paint producer Johnstone’s Paint.
Marketing manager Richard Mazurkiewicz said any kind of building could benefit, as long as it was used for the benefit of the community.
Mr Mazurkiewicz said: ‘After the success of last year’s Johnstone’s community spirit campaign, we are delighted to be offering this fantastic opportunity for charities and community groups in Portsmouth and across the UK.
‘There is no project too small – whether it be a rundown scout hut, a school in need of a makeover or a community centre requiring a lick of paint.
‘The only proviso is that the facility or group must provide a community benefit.’
Last year’s winner was Milton Keynes-based charity MK Snap, which supports people with learning difficulties.
The charity was shortlisted alongside projects from Portsmouth, Preston and Dagenham.
After entries are received a panel of judges will carry out a shortlisting process to find the top contenders.
Four finalists will then be put to a national public vote to decide the overall national winner.
Entries can be made online.
To get started, download an application form from johnstonespainttrophy.com/communityspirit.
The paint company is running the contest in partnership with the Football League Trophy, which is being sponsored by Johnstone’s Paint for the tenth consecutive season in 2015-2016.
The deadline for entries is Friday, December 11.