Application is now closed as of 12 noon 21 October 2016
Your chance to become KM Charity of the Year
Would you like your local KM editor acting as your champion for the year? That’s exactly what is on offer for causes applying to be KM Charity of the Year.
KM Charity of the Year selects a good cause that the editor will champion for 12 months through his or her newspapers. Entries are accepted from May 1 to October 21 each year. KM Charity of the Year runs for the calendar year – January to December.
How KM Charity of the Year works
Recipients benefit from direct fundraising support and have their profiles raised through KM Group newspapers, kmfm radio and websites. The Kent and Medway Charity Team annually seeks nominations for each of the local areas covered by the KM Group.
Nominations are now open for nominations for 2017.
Once nominations close each year, editors in every community choose one charity to support throughout the coming year. This involves fundraising events and publicity in newspapers, radio and on both the KM Group’s websites and the KM Charity Team’s sites.
During the nomination window, you can tell us about your charity or organisation and why you feel you would benefit from being the editor’s choice and let us know how you would make the most of this opportunity.
What you can expect
The KM Charity Team will stage a variety of activities and events across Kent to support KM Group charities of the year. Events include:
- Fundraising. We will stage brain and brawn challenges such as abseil, KM Assault Course Challenge, record breaking KM Big Quiz nights and our annual KM Dragon Boat Race. All of these could earn your charity funds.
- Profile. KM Group news teams will provide publicity through KM Group newspapers, websites and kmfm radio stations.
What we expect
The KM Charity Team is hoping for active charitable partners who will make the most of the opportunity being named as KM Charity of Year will present. Charities nominating themselves for consideration should consider:
- How they can help promote the events staged by the KM Charity Team directly to their own members, supporters and corporate sponsors. How they support the fundraising events on the day.
Type of projects considered
Currently editors are open to all suggestions and ideas but the key issue is location. The project you wish to be supported must be within the circulation area of the KM Group newspaper you are applying for support.
Applications are now open for 2017. An evaluation panel meets to make the selection, ensuring the KM Charity of the Year for each area is notified in November. The KM Charity of the Year period runs for the calendar year.
Dates for KM Charity of the Year 2017
Deadline to apply for 2017 closes at noon on Friday, October 21, 2016.
Editors make their decision by close of play on Sunday, November 6, 2016.
Charities of the Year are announced on this website on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. Successful charities invited in to be briefed week starting November 14.
Note: The annual KM Charity Team Forum is staged on Monday, 3 October, 2016 at the Mercure Great Danes Hotel, Maidstone to provide causes with an opportunity to learn top tips about the key information to add to their KM Charity of the Year submission. We recommend you attend this session.
To find out more contact the KM Charity of the Year on 0844 264 0291.
£2k will be awarded to one cause applying
For 2017 one of the nominated causes will be selected by Specsavers to be their charity of the year and to receive a cheque for £2,000. The cause need not have been picked by an editor as the KM Charity of the Year, but must simply have gone through the application process.
Video guidance – KM Charity of the Year
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Tips on applying by Kent Scouts