Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally charity has launched a second round of its Heart of the Community Awards initiative today, which will support a number of community projects with donations totalling £150,000.

Following a successful launch last October, the Heart of the Community Awards will again enable Nisa partners to nominate a local community project to receive up to £5,000 of funding from Making a Difference Locally, with the emphasis in this round being on good causes that encourage communities to enjoy and spend time outdoors.

Nominations will be accepted from Nisa partners via a dedicated website from 1st April and will remain open until 30th April.

The first round of Heart of the Community Awards saw 34 good causes nationwide benefit from donations totalling £150,000, cementing the initiative as Making a Difference Locally’s biggest funding giveaway to date.

Kate Carroll, Nisa’s Head of Charity, said: “We received a fantastic response to our first round of funding last year and the feedback from good causes that have benefitted has been incredibly heart-warming, so we’re delighted to be able to bring back the Heart of the Community Awards for a second round of donations.

“With the majority of people in the UK likely to have spent much of the last year indoors due to national restrictions, we wanted particularly to support causes that encourage or help communities to spend time outdoors this time around.

“Independent retailers are at the very heart of their communities and so are perfectly placed to identify local projects in need of a little extra support and we look forward to helping them really make a difference for their local area.”

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