The final 20 have been chosen for a slice of £250,000

IN THE MONEY 20 groups are in with a chance to get a share of our �250,000 cash pot
IN THE MONEY 20 groups are in with a chance to get a share of our �250,000 cash pot

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THE final 20 community groups and charities have been chosen to win a slice of an amazing £250,000 The News has to give away.

More than 80 groups applied and after a long meeting, they were whittled down.

And now it’s up to you to decide who gets the cash.

Ranging from children’s football teams to community associations to groups for the elderly, each applicant has a project worthy of the maximum £30,000 they’ve applied for.

Readers of The News will have the chance to vote for the applicants they think should have the money.

Starting today, readers will have until the end of the month to vote and make the ultimate decision as to where the money goes. Those receiving the most votes will get the cash until the £250,000 is gone.

Dharmendra Kanani, director for the Big Lottery Fund, said: ‘We’ve had an amazing response.

‘Now is the time to get ready to vote for your favourites.

‘Through our partnership with The News, we want you to help us decide where £250,000 goes to support projects which will deliver the spirit, imagination and aspirations of people and communities.’

Once voting is closed, slips will be counted and the winner will be revealed on October 7.

Mark Waldron, editor of The News, said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for the community clubs in Portsmouth to get some huge amounts of money.

‘We were amazed with the number that applied and it was difficult to pick just 20.

‘But now it is down to our readers and I think they will find it hard to pick just one to vote for. I wish all the groups good luck.’

The News has been working with the Big Lottery Fund to bring their Cash for Communities project into Portsmouth and the surrounding areas.

The programme gave not-for-profit community clubs, schools, health projects and parish and town councils the chance to receive a grant from £10,000 to a massive £30,000.

Clubs were encouraged to sign up and win the chance of receiving tens of thousands of pounds for their chosen causes.

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