Date confirmed for the government's Local Charities Day

Rob Wilson, the Minister for Civil Society, says the event will 'celebrate small, local charities and community groups'

Rob Wilson, the Minister for Civil Society
Rob Wilson, the Minister for Civil Society

The government’s Local Charities Day will take place on Friday 16 December, Rob Wilson, the Minister for Civil Society, has announced.

The event, which was first announced by Wilson in the summer, is designed to encourage giving to local good causes and "celebrate small, local charities and community groups", the government said today. 

As part of the announcement, the government said it was putting £245,000 of match funding into Localgiving’s Grow Your Tenner campaign, which is being launched today, bringing the total amount of match funding available to £345,000.

The scheme matches one-time donations of up to £10 and monthly direct debits up to £10 for the first three months made to local good causes.

The Office for Civil Society said it was also contributing £5,000 to the #GiveMe5 match funding campaign, which will run on Local Charities Day.

The announcement does not contain any details of any other specific activities due to take place on Local Charities Day.

In a statement, Wilson said: "On Local Charities Day, I want us all to shout from the rooftops about small, local charities: their energy, commitment, expertise and the benefits they bring to their communities."

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