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South Yorkshire community groups are being given the chance to win up to £25,000, as part of a new awards scheme.

Nominations are open now for the OneFamily Foundation Community Awards, which could see groups and projects across the region benefit from a sizeable cash injection.

Projects can be entered into one of four categories; schools, youth and affiliated organisations, health, disability and social care and sports and social groups. Each category will have six winners, with five groups receiving £5,000 and one scooping the £25,000 award.

The Community Awards have helped communities to fund things like the renovation of school playgrounds and sports clubs, sensory gardens and respite centres for children with disabilities.

The awards are run by financial mutual, OneFamily, to redistribute a proportion of its profits to help members, their families and communities. Members with an active policy can nominate a project for a Community Award, giving groups in their local area the opportunity to win a grant.

James Hale, customer engagement manager at OneFamily, said: “We launched the foundation to benefit our members, those they care about, and their local communities.

“Last year 36,000 people directly benefitted from our Community Awards and this year we hope to help even more, giving more than £400,000 to the community projects that mean the most to our members.

“Projects must be nominated to be in with a chance of winning, so I’d encourage people across South Yorkshire to get involved and give causes close to their heart the opportunity to receive a life-changing grant.”

Previous winners include Sheffield-based Highfield Adventure Playground, which received £5,000 last November to buy new play equipment.

Visit Community Foundation Awards to nominate a communnity group or project for an award.