Fenland charities are invited to apply for a share of a £10,000 pot of cash being given away by philanthropic businessman Carl Lamb.
Mr Lamb is managing director of Norwich-based Almary Green Investments, which marked 10 years of business success by gifting £10,000 to good causes in 2011.
He was so touched by the delight and gratitude which greeted the original donations that he established a trust fund to repeat the generous gesture in 2012, 2013 and now in 2014.
Causes which have benefited from previous awards include the Fenland and West Norfolk Aircraft Preservation Society, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), Cambridge & Ely Child Contact Centres, Pos+Ability and Cambridge Family Mediation Service (CFMS).
In the past three years, over 60 charities and good causes have received donations ranging from £100 to £2,000. Recipients have been spread across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, the three counties in which Almary Green’s financial consultants are based.
Announcing this year’s continuation of the scheme Mr Lamb said: “Almary Green has done extremely well again this year, with a record turnover. We continue to go from strength to strength year on year.
“Without the support of local people and local businesses Almary Green would not be in the position we are in today. I think it is right to spread some of that good fortune around to help make a difference in the lives of people who have been less fortunate.”
Mr Lamb said the more Almary Green expanded, the more important it was that the business maintained a supportive role at the heart of the local community in which it does business.
While causes which have benefited in the past are welcome to apply again – some organisations have received help on two occasions – Mr Lamb is looking forward to receiving applications from other groups.
“There are hundreds of good causes out there and we would love to widen the net further than ever this year,” he said.
Nomination forms are available from Almary Green’s website at www.almarygreen.com/awards. The closing date for receipt of nominations is June 30. The shortlist will be drawn up from information provided on the form so it is vital to include everything the selectors need to know.
“Almary Green is looking to support specific projects or help with the purchase of something that makes a difference to the lives of those in need,” said Mr Lamb, who will chair the selection panel.
“We will consider nominations in support of causes that benefit other people by enriching a local community’s quality of life, help disadvantaged people achieve their potential, improve a voluntary group’s facilities or mark a significant event or milestone in a charitable organisation’s development.”
He stressed that the scheme was not designed to help with staff salaries or running costs such as travel expenses.
• Pictured is managing director Carl Lamb, from Almary Green Investments, who is looking forward to seeing what new nominations are submitted this year.