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Cabinet Office to match fund three Christmas charity appeals - 12 December 2011

Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, has pledged almost £1m of government funding to support three 'innovative' Christmas charity appeals.

A statement from the Cabinet Office said the money, which will be given out in match funding, came from government savings in administration costs and overheads.

The Government has chosen to support the following projects that offer ‘new’ models of giving and make it easier and more compelling for people to give:

  • ITV’s Text Santa Campaign - which aired last night with the Prime Minister pledging that if the public donate £250,000 the Government will match it with a further £250,000.
  • StreetSmart - restaurants offer customers the opportunity to add £1 to their bill in support of local charities that support homeless people. The Government will match up to £220,000.
  • www.localgiving.com - set up by ‘Secret Millionaire’ Marcel Speller. This organisation allows the public to find out about and make donations to small charities in their local community. Another £500,000 has been pledged by Government to match the funding raised by the public.

For the press release, see the Cabinet Office website.