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Community Resilience UK (CRUK) will award £24,000 in sponsorship grants to seven regional Voluntary Sector exercises in 2014, following the success of last year’s scheme.

The new programme shares the aim of the 2013 programme: to encourage and demonstrate the capabilities of local voluntary organisations in helping to deliver a fully integrated response at Bronze operational level.

The 2014 sponsorship programme is part of the company’s continued commitment to the voluntary sector. The scheme for 2013 proved to be very successful, with CRUK sponsoring seven exercises in England and Wales.

In 2014, exercise projects will be selected on a regional basis, and applications will be welcomed from all Local Resilience Forums. CRUK’s regional advisors will be contacting all LRFs in the coming weeks to invite applications.

To qualify, LRFs will need to submit a proposal setting out how they will deliver a specific, operational exercise. The proposal must engage local voluntary agencies and provide them with an opportunity to deploy their services and contribute fully to a realistic incident scenario.

The application form can be downloaded from the CRUK website (www.communityresilience.cc), under News & Reports. The deadline for completed application forms is March 2014.

The winners and their funding will be announced in April 2014.

For more information, and to find out the name and contact details of your CRUK regional advisor, please call 0300 999 2004, or e-mail: em-team@communityresilience.cc.

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