Owner of sports brand Speedo seeks new charity partners

The outdoors and sports company Pentland Brands wants to hear proposals for projects that inspire people to get active or empower disadvantaged communities

A global outdoors and sports company is inviting applications for charity partners.

Pentland Brands, whose brands include Speedo, Berghaus and Canterbury of New Zealand, is seeking submissions from charities for projects focused on inspiring people to get active or empowering disadvantaged communities.

Proposals should be for amounts between £10,000 and £50,000 and projects that last from one to three years.

It is expected that up to three charities will be chosen to work with the company.

Schemes focusing on the UK or Pentland's key markets of Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam will be prioritised.

Pentland’s existing charity partners include the British Red Cross, the development charity United Purpose and the conservation charity WWF. It also donates excess stock to In Kind Direct.

Karina O’Gorman, head of corporate responsibility at Pentland Brands, said: "We’ll be looking for projects that demonstrate a measurable impact and are sustainable beyond the period of Pentland funding."

Interested charities should send their proposals to cr@pentland.com by 20 April. Proposals, which can be no more than 1,000 words, should give an overview of the project the partnership would support and why the company should back the idea.

Shortlisted charities will be invited to Pentland’s London headquarters in May to pitch to an employee panel.

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