Have your say on £10,000 giveaway
COMMUNITY groups across the city have the chance to get their hands on a slice of £10,000 as part of a grand cash giveaway.
The Herald has teamed up with the Plymouth Drake Foundation and the Devon Community Foundation to launch '£££s for People'.
The campaign will see Herald readers nominate their favourite voluntary and community groups from a list of dozens – all based in Plymouth and benefiting city people.
Organisations will include anything from your local youth club to those helping the homeless or unemployed.
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Nominations will open in November and once the votes are counted 20 groups will be selected to go through to the final voting stages.
Each will get a slice of the £10,000 kitty – and each is guaranteed a minimum of £100.
The remainder of the fund will be allocated based on the number of votes received for each group – so the more votes collected the more cash the community group will receive.
The Plymouth Drake Foundation, the city's 'charity of charities', has handed out millions of pounds in grants to grassroots city projects. The Devon Community Foundation (DCF) does the same, but county-wide.
DCF chief executive Martha Wilkinson said: "Without the community groups in Plymouth, the local area would not function.
"£££s for People offers The Herald readers a chance to really make a difference and show their support for the groups they are involved with and have their voice heard.
"We are thrilled to be working so closely with Plymouth Drake Foundation on this project, with which we have supported hundreds of groups and people in the Plymouth area."
The partnership between the two organisations has pumped over £2million in grants into more than 600 Plymouth community groups so far.
Jeff Maddison, chief executive of the Plymouth Drake Foundation, added: "This is a great opportunity for Herald readers to get much needed money to the local groups of their choice and we are delighted to be a part of it.
"£££s for People is a fantastic way to make sure that the money goes to the groups that offer an invaluable service to our communities and make a real difference in the areas we live in."
"Altogether, 85 per cent of all donations go to the top five per cent of charities, which means our local heroes often miss out.
This campaign offers a chance to help volunteers tackle local issues that are so important to local people, supporting those who need it most."
The campaign begins on November 22, when cut-out nomination forms will appear in The Herald.