Readers choice 2021: Tell us which charity should win a share of £20,000

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THE Northwich Guardian is giving charities in the town the chance to take a share of a £125,000 cash giveaway.

Our parent company’s charitable arm, The Gannett Foundation, is providing £125k in cash to support local charities across the country and we are delighted to have a £20,000 share to give away in our area.

And we want YOU to decide where this money should be spent.

Today we’re asking readers to nominate their favourite local charities to be considered for a grant.

Making a nomination couldn’t be easier – simply click here and fill in your nomination form or you can write to us, confirming the name and address of the charity you’d like to nominate and why to: Readers’ Choice Cash For Charity Nominations, Paula Jones, Newsquest Media Group Ltd, Deeside Print Centre, Zone 3, 10th Avenue, Deeside Industrial Estate, Flintshire, CH5 2UA, by the closing date of Sunday, October 3, 2021.

Once all nominations have been received, our Guardian team will select eight of the most popular local charities to be featured in this year’s grants scheme.

We’re then going to put the power to allocate the cash back into the hands of our readers – for four weeks readers will be invited to collect tokens from our newspapers which can then be sent to collection points across our region or posted.

Each token collected will then be used to allocate cash to the nominated charity – so if your favourite charity collects 50 per cent of all the tokens collected, it will receive 50 per cent of the £20,000.

Editor Hayley Smith said: “We know how incredibly difficult the coronavirus pandemic has been for charities across the town and how much they rely on grant funding, and the generosity of others, to be able to continue their vital work.

“We hope as many readers as possible will get on board and show support for the charities and their dedicated teams who work tirelessly to help others.”

Anyone may nominate a charity, including a representative of the charity itself, but please make sure you provide contact details for the nominated charity and a brief but clear explanation of how the money would be spent, for example a specific project or item of equipment, and how it will benefit the community.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Newsquest terms and conditions will apply where relevant to the grants process; please visit http://www.newsquest.co.uk/prize-competition-rules. Personal data will be used by Newsquest and its agents solely for the administration of the grants process and will not be shared with any third party; our general privacy notice is at: http://www.newsquest.co.uk/privacy-policy. This campaign will be published in multiple Newsquest publications across this Newsquest region. The 8 charities chosen by the local editorial panel will be voted for by our readers. The value of the grant awarded to each of the 8 charities will be calculated pro rata according to their share of the vote. Only original voting coupons will be accepted, no photocopies. The cash grants will be sent by BACS transfer. Grants are conditional on completion of the relevant project and a successful nominee charity may be required to evidence its use of the grant. The top 8 charities selected for the vote will be contacted to provide additional information for entry into the readers’ vote; should this information not be provided within the timescale provided then the editorial panel will select an alternative charity. The charity must be registered with the Charities Commission and have not received a grant from the Gannett Foundation in the last two years.

 

Qualifying Criteria

•Applicants must be registered charities.

•Applicants must not have received a grant from us within the last two years

•Preference to be given to projects supporting those in our communities who are overlooked or under-served.

Grants will not be awarded for:

•Salaries, professional fees or day-to-day running or maintenance costs of the charity (but this does not exclude such expenses where essential to a specific project);

•General appeals as opposed to specific projects or items of equipment;

•Projects that do not bring benefits to our local communities;

•Political or religious objectives, or projects that discriminate in favour of particular ethnic or religious groups (but this does not exclude religious organisations offering charitable support to the sick or needy without discrimination);

•State or privately run schools (other than special needs) or hospitals (other than hospices); or

•Community Interest Companies that are not registered charities.

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