By joining with the Klondike, which welcomed thousands of spectators at the start/ finish line in Guisborough and thousands more lining the route in East Cleveland, TVCF
and the council say they're giving groups the opportunity to showcase their talents to a massive audience.
A one-year arrangement is also being sought by TVCF
, which would give it the security of exclusive rights to progress the proposals.
SUPPORT: Sammy with Hugh McGouran of TVCF
, left CONFIDENCE ON THE UP: Sammy Wanless, right, received a bursary which enabled her to do a degree Picture by IAN McINTYRE
Hugh McGouran, chief executive of TVCF, said: "To be the best we need to connect with the best; working together towards our goal of building a better community for the people of the Tees Valley.
The grants given by the TVCF have been part-funded by the foundation's Endowment Funds, which are held on behalf of companies, individuals and trusts across the region.
is an independent, locally-based and non-profit making organisation dedicated to improving the lives of the people in the Tees Valley.
works to channel all charitable donations, funding and investment directly into grass roots community groups and projects, particularly to alleviate all forms of disadvantage.
We were delighted to receive the funding from the TVCF
as it helps us achieve our goals in providing a stimulating learning environment for the children.
Hugh McGouran, chief executive of the TVCF
, said: "We're delighted to be able to channel this much needed money into New Marske Harriers.
handed over grants totaling pounds 80,000 to Nunthorpe School, Billingham Campus, and Dyke House School in Hartlepool.