A CHARITY scheme that last year raised an incredible £35,000 for good causes is welcoming applications for this year's funding.

BAE Systems Submarines Give As You Earn is a salary sacrifice scheme to which local registered charities can make an application.

The application window for the scheme opened in January and the deadline for this year's applications is Friday, September 30, 2022.

Employees are asked to donate a small amount directly from their salary - a minimum of £1 per week through each monthly pay cycle.

Last year's money supported a huge number of good causes, with the funding going to 38 successful applicants in December.

Operations Director Oli Wignall, Chairman of the GAYE scheme's board, said: "I am incredibly proud of the contributions from the BAE Systems workforce whose regular donations directly support the community in the Furness area.

"There are some really dedicated local charities who are struggling on the back of a global pandemic, and really need everyone's support."

To apply, charities need to complete and submit an application form via e-mail, stating they are a local registered charity and providing their charity number.

Applicants also need to state the amount they are hoping to secure, as well as an outline of how the money will be used.

The funding cannot be spent on wages or running costs so most successful applications are for specific projects or funding for equipment items.

For an application form, charities should contact rebekah.caine@baesystems.com.

The form should then be completed and returned with a cover letter that includes the registered charity number and contact details.