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Charities invited to apply for funding from the Gannett Foundation
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, which is 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 setting out how they would benefit from the grant, which aims to benefit a wide variety of people across the readership area and give a lasting benefit to the community.
Toby Granville, group editor of the Daily Echo and Dorset Echo, urged charities to lodge their entries.
He said: “We support registered charities with projects which take a creative approach to the fundamental 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 require and merit awards of between £5,000 and £10,000.
The Foundation will consider modest applications as well, but encourages adventurous projects on a larger scale.
The Foundation is able to join with other contributors to support elements of larger projects, though it prefers to be in a position of making a donation which will fund a project entirely or which constitutes the final instalment to complete a project.
The Foundation will favour projects that demonstrate good planning, oversight and financial responsibility. Decisions in respect of the value of the funding will be made by the trustees and based on the evidence submitted.
Copies of the charity’s most recent financial accounts are required with the application.
Any supporting materials and further details concerning the overall aims of the charity should be included with each submission.
Each nomination will be judged on its own merits at the absolute discretion of the trustees.
Any applications which do not meet the Foundation’s criteria or which do not follow its rules and procedures will be rejected.
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.
Applications cannot be accepted from Community Interest Companies or similar not for profit organisations. Entries are only open to registered charities.
Previous applicants who have been given a grant in the last two years will also not be considered.
VARIOUS local charities, including Weymouth Rowing Club, the Friends of the MV Freedom and Allsorts pre-school and clubs, have all received payments.
Allsorts group for Weymouth youngsters, which runs pre-school, after-school and holiday clubs across Weymouth schools, received £5,000 for new outdoor play equipment in 2011.
Weymouth Rowing Club installed floating pontoons due to an £8,000 grant and the MV Freedom got £1,290 to for communications equipment. Previous winners include Dorset Search and Rescue (DorSAR), Dorset Youth Association for Routes cafe and waterside Weymouth Community Forum.
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
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