Sun launches £1m grant fund as part of 50th birthday celebration

Grants of between £2,000 and £20,000 will be made available to charities nominated by readers

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 charities nominated by readers from the Sun50 Reader Fund.

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 six areas: children and young people; health and wellbeing; veterans; emergency heroes; international aid; and animals and 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.

The Sun is the UK’s best-read newspaper, with 2.6 million people reading it every day and more than 30 million people visiting its websites and apps every month.

Tony Gallagher, editor-in-chief of The Sun, said: "Our strength has always been our ability to mobilise our army of millions of readers to get behind the campaigns that are important to them.

"They have been enormously generous over the years, from knitting blankets to donating their hard-earned cash. By our best estimate, our readers have raised about £100m supporting our good causes.

"On our 50th birthday, we are proud to be launching a £1m Reader Fund, inviting them to nominate the charities closest to their hearts to receive donations across the coming year. It’s our way of saying ‘thanks a million’."

Nominations for funding can be made here.

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