The GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund has opened for applications. Now in its sixth year, the Fund helps small, local community groups, projects and charities across the UK and Ireland by donating cash awards “to support warm-hearted people and projects”.
The GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund is open for entries until 26 February 2017. Every week the Fund will distribute five £300 awards to recipients.
This year the Fund is also highlighting the unsung heroes working in the charity sector, through its ‘Outstanding Volunteer Award’. Every week that the Fund runs, a volunteer will be chosen by national volunteer organisation NCVO to receive a GALAXY Hot Chocolate Hero Hamper. You can nominate a volunteer in addition to registering your organisation for a cash award.
Research carried out in September and October by GALAXY Hot Chocolate, in partnership with UK Fundraising, revealed that 80% of charities and community groups fundraise in any way they can to secure vital funds. When it comes to volunteers, 85% of organisations that responded said they could not exist without those people who go above and beyond the call of duty.
Michelle Frost, spokeswoman for GALAXY Hot Chocolate commented:
“From our research, we know that across the UK and Ireland smaller charities and community groups are struggling to make ends meet despite the efforts of a huge number of warm-hearted volunteers. Seventy per cent of charities and organisations report that 51-100% of funds come from fundraising, with a further sixty-eight per cent stating that finding funds has become ten times harder over the past five years.
“The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund aims to give them a helping hand and hopefully inspire more people to get involved.”
Howard Lake, publisher of UK Fundraising, added:
“Funding for small, local community projects is essential to help support the diverse and vital initiatives set up by people wanting to make a difference where they live. Now in its sixth year, the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund is one of these valuable sources of funds.”
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