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There are only a few days left to apply to Nisa’s Heart of the Community Awards initiative to nominate a local group, charity, or good cause to receive up to £1,000 to celebrate the historic occasion with events such as afternoon teas, garden parties and street parties.

Nominations will be accepted from Nisa partners via a dedicated website until March 18 and 70 winners, to mark the Queen’s 70-year reign, will be selected to receive funding for their community celebrations. Donations could be used towards entertainment, equipment, food and drinks, venue hire or decorations, and each winning good causes will also receive a decorative MADL POS kit with bunting.

The Heart of the Community Awards initiative is part of the Making A Difference Locally (MADL). The MADL is a charity created by Nisa, in conjunction with key supplier partners, to enable independent retailers to donate money to their local communities.

Making A Difference Locally was created in May 2008 to help the group’s retail members add value to and further cement their position within the communities around their stores, through donations to local charities or good causes – such as local football teams, hospices or one of a thousand charities that run throughout the UK.

On the initiative, Kate Carroll, Nisa’s Head of Charity, said: “We received a fantastic response to our two previous rounds of funding, so we’re delighted to be able to bring back the Heart of the Community Awards for a third round of donations.”

“This special Jubilee edition of the Awards will give the opportunity for 70 of our fantastic Nisa retailers to celebrate this exciting and joyous event with the communities they serve, bringing people together to mark the Queen’s historic reign.”

Almost 90 good causes nationwide have benefitted from donations totalling more than £310,000 in previous rounds of the Heart of the Community Awards initiative, cementing it as Making a Difference Locally’s biggest funding giveaway to date.


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