The Sun newspaper has launched a £1m grant fund for charities as part of its 50th birthday celebrations.
The newspaper, which was first published on 17 November 1969, said grants of between £2,000 and £20,000 would be available to UK charities nominated by readers from the Sun50 Reader Fund.
The scheme will close on Wednesday 18 December 2019.
Readers have been asked to submit 400-word statements explaining why a charity should receive funding, what it could pay for and how much it should receive.
The newspaper’s editorial team will then create a long list of suitable charities in seven areas:
o Children and young people.
o Health and wellbeing.
o Emergency heroes.
o International aid.
o Animals and
o The environment.
A panel of “famous faces” from the newspaper will then make the final decision on which charities receive funding, including Dan Wootton, its executive editor, the agony aunt Deidre Sanders, the columnists Trevor Kavanagh and Jane Moore, and Derek Derenalagi, a spokesman for the veterans charity Help for Heroes.
The newspaper said there would be a limited number of £20,000 grants to give away because it was focusing on awarding as many small grants as possible to help a wider range of good causes.
Nominations for funding can be via this link to the Sun newspaper.
Image: one of The Sun’s infamous headlines.