Cash scheme for community groups

AN INITIATIVE launched by Toyota dealer group Vantage will see thousands of pounds invested in community and social projects across Knaresborough.

The Vantage Toyota Community Drive involves all six of the group’s centres across the North of England, including Knaresborough, with each one giving away £2,000 to worthwhile causes.

Community groups, clubs and deserving individuals are invited to submit a bid describing how they will spend the money and how this will benefit their local area.

The initiative is open to all and could include anything from supporting community music groups to kitting out the local youth football team or supporting an up and coming sports star.

Once all entries have been received, a shortlist of potential finalists will be compiled with the overall winner in each area to be decided by a public vote. The winners will be announced in early October at a special event at each Vantage Toyota Centre.

Vantage managing director Mark Robinson said: “We are really excited to launch the Community Drive.

“As a local dealer group we have very close relationships with our community and as part of our on-going commitment we’re already a member of the Guild of Patrons for Harrogate’s Saint Michael’s Hospice.

“This initiative is a chance for us to give something back to help good causes and local families feeling the pinch during these difficult economic conditions.

“I am looking forward to seeing the range of different entries we will receive and who the public decides is the most deserving winner.”

To enter the competition, you can visit the Vantage Toyota website at

Entry forms can be downloaded and posted to the Vantage Toyota Centre, York Road, Knaresborough HG5 0SS. The closing date for entries is Friday, September 16.