WE are giving local charities the chance to take a share in a massive £16,000 giveaway.

It could be that you volunteer or work for a charity, or you may just want to support your favourite local charity by nominating it for a share of the £16,000 cash we’re making available to support great local courses.

Making a nomination couldn’t be easier – simply log-on to https://www.wharfedaleobserver.co.uk/my/ccn/assignment/9mMtme3k/ and fill in your nomination form or you can write to us, confirming the name and address of the charity you’d like to nominate and why to: Readers’ Choice Cash For Charity Nominations, Ilkley Gazette/Wharfedale Observer, 38 High Street, Skipton, BD23 IJU, by the closing date of Sunday September 11.

Once all nominations have been received, our editor will select ten of the most deserving local charities to be featured in this year’s grants scheme. We’re then going to put the power to allocate the cash back into your hands – for four weeks, readers will be invited to collect tokens from our newspapers which can then be sent to collection points across our region or posted. Each token collected will then be used to allocate cash to the nominated charity – so if your favourite charity collects 50 per cent of all to tokens collected, it will receive 50 per cent of the £16,000.

The £16,000 cash is being provided by our parent company’s charitable arm: The Gannett Foundation. This year the Gannett Foundation will donate £128,000 to charities across the country.

Newsquest terms and conditions will apply where relevant to the grants process; please visit newsquest.co.uk/prize-competition-rules. Personal data will be used by Newsquest and its agents solely for the administration of the grants process and will not be shared with any third party; our general privacy notice is at: newsquest.co.uk/privacy-policy. This campaign will be published in multiple Newsquest publications across this Newsquest region. The ten charities chosen by the local editorial panel will be voted for by our readers. The value of the grant awarded to each of the ten charities will be calculated pro rata according to their share of the vote. Only original voting coupons will be accepted, no photocopies.

The cash grants will be sent by BACS transfer. Grants are conditional on completion of the relevant project and a successful nominee charity may be required to evidence its use of the grant. The top ten charities selected for the vote will be contacted to provide additional information for entry into the readers’ vote; should this information not be provided within the timescale provided then the editorial panel will select an alternative charity. The charity must be registered with the Charities Commission and have not received a grant from the Gannett Foundation in the last two years.