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Cash up for grabs in Dorset
DORSET charities are being invited to apply for the latest round of funding from the Gannett Foundation.
Last year thousands of pounds was handed out in grants by the foundation, the charitable arm of the US media firm Gannett Co Inc, owner of Newsquest media and publisher of the Dorset Echo.
Charities are being urged to apply to the Dorset Echo.
Dorset Echo editor, Toby Granville, urged charities to lodge their entries.
He said: “We support registered charities with projects which take a creative approach to issues such as education and neighbourhood improvements, economic development, youth development, local problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged or disabled people, environmental conservation and cultural enrichment.”
“We value projects that bring lasting benefits to communities served by our local newspapers and websites. “While preference may be given to ideas which create a durable legacy for the community, we will consider single events or projects of limited duration that otherwise meet our criteria.” Applications of any size or ambition will be considered, though typically grants are made for substantial projects which merit awards of between £5,000 and £10,000. The Foundation is able to join with other contributors to support elements of larger projects, though it prefers to make a donation which will fund a project entirely or which constitutes the final instalment to complete a project.
It will favour projects demonstrating good planning and financial responsibility. Copies of the charity’s financial accounts are required with the application, plus details of the overall aims of the charity.
Each nomination will be judged on its own merits at the discretion of the trustees, whose decision is final.
Applications will not be considered if they are from non-registered charities, intended to fund salaries or general running costs, general appeals as opposed to specific projects, political or regional organisations or state or privately owned schools – except special needs schools, or hospitals other than hospices.
Previous applicants given a grant in the last two years will also not be considered.
How to apply
To apply, click below to download the form. Applications must be submitted on the approved application form and must then be emailed to email@example.com by 5pm on September 16, 2013 clearly marked 'Gannett Foundation grant'.
Gannett Foundation Application form
n VARIOUS local charities, including Weymouth Rowing Club, the Friends of the MV Freedom and Allsorts pre-school and clubs, have all received payments towards their ongoing good work in previous years.
Allsorts group for Weymouth youngsters, which runs pre-school, afterschool and holiday clubs across various Weymouth schools, received £5,000 for new outdoor play equipment in 2011.
Weymouth Rowing Club was able to install floating pontoons thanks to an £8,000 grant and the MV Freedom got £1,290 to help towards new communications equipment.
Previous winners have also included Dorset Search and Rescue (DorSAR), Dorset Youth Association for their Routes cafe bar and the waterside Weymouth Community Forum.
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