Leicester City Football Club is offering grants to a range of community organisations and causes in Leicestershire & Rutland.
The club announced details of its Gift of a Wish 2020 programme, to mark the anniversary of the club’s late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s birthday later this month.
Leicester City and the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation has already been supporting Leicestershire’s health services through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Gift of a Wish 2020 will seek to complement that support with a series of grants for smaller organisations – both those supporting the community’s immediate coronavirus response, and those whose work will be significant in its future emergence from the crisis.
The programme gave away £610,000 to good causes last year, which would have marked Khun Vichai’s 61st birthday.
Susan Whelan, Leicester City Chief Executive and Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation Trustee, said: “The Foundation was formed to mobilise the power of football to deliver support for community causes most in need.”
“At an extraordinary time where our community services are most stretched, the current circumstances have put a number of those valuable organisations at risk.”
“Gift of a Wish 2020 aims to provide appropriate support to as many of those organisations as possible – invaluable resources that will both help our communities navigate through this crisis and help them to rebuild when we emerge from it.”
“This is an opportunity for causes of all sizes – some of whose visibility may not have afforded such an opportunity before – to work with the Club and the Foundation to deliver something special for our community.”
Applications will close at 5pm on Friday 24 April, after which time a selection of causes will be selected by the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation Board of Trustees and a senior working group from within the Club.