THOUSANDS of pounds are up for grabs for voluntary and community groups who help to enrich the lives of people throughout South West Wales.
Comic Relief is making a £50,000 Red Nose Day Community Cash fund available across Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire.
With the help of the Evening Post and the Community Foundation in Wales, the money is to be handed out in grants of £500 to £1,000 to those who need it most.
The cash aims to support grassroots organisations, from youth groups and sports clubs to initiatives supporting elderly and vulnerable people.
Chief executive at the Community Foundation in Wales Liza Kellett said: "We are absolutely delighted to be working with Comic Relief in partnership with the South Wales Evening Post for the very first time.
"It is a wonderful initiative that directs much-needed funds to local voluntary and community groups.
"The funding helps groups to continue to provide their vital services and make a real difference on the ground to our local communities, supporting these groups who provide for our grassroots communities is crucial and enables our region to thrive from the grassroots up."
Evening Post acting editor Cathy Duncan said: "Comic Relief is a very popular charity in South West Wales and we are delighted to help choose local projects to benefit.
"It is particularly pleasing that the money will be shared between a lot of smaller community groups. It could be a tremendous boost for their work."
Comic Relief's Sue Wicks said they were delighted to be working with the Evening Post.
She said: "We've funded some truly inspiring projects in the region.
"We know from our long experience of grant making in communities all over the UK that local groups can make a huge impact at the heart of their communities with a small amount of money.
"Thanks to these groups, money raised through Red Nose Day can make a real difference where it's needed most. I urge as many groups as possible to get their applications in now for their chance to get a grant from the £50,000 on offer."
To apply for a Red Nose Day Community Cash grant all you have to do is visit www.cfiw.org.uk and complete an application form.
The link will be live from tomorrow. Applications need to be made by Friday, March 8.
As well as groups in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire, organisations in Pembrokeshire and Bridgend can also apply.
The whole region is being encouraged to Do Something Funny for Money on Red Nose Day, Friday, March 15. Money raised will be spent transforming lives here, across the rest of the UK and Africa.
Red Nose Day 2011 raised more than £108 million.
For fundraising ideas visit www.rednoseday.com.