CHARITIES and good causes are being invited to apply for the latest round of funding from the Gannett Foundation.

The Gannett Foundation is the charitable arm of Gannett Co Inc, owner of Newsquest Media Group. The company publishes the Daily Echo and other local newspapers, websites and magazines across the UK.

It supports charities in the areas in which it publishes newspapers and websites that take a creative approach to issues such as education and neighbourhood improvements, economic development, youth development, problem-solving in their areas, assistance to disadvantaged or disabled people, care of the elderly, environmental conservation and cultural enrichment.

Previous beneficiaries include the Crumbs Project, the Bournemouth Air Training Corps and a refuge for victims of domestic violence run by BCHA.

Applications of any size or ambition are invited, but are typically for projects that require and merit awards of between £5,000 and £10,000. However, more modest applications will also be considered.

The Foundation will favour projects that demonstrate good planning, oversight and financial responsibility.

Andy Martin, acting editor of the Daily Echo, urged charities to lodge their entries.

He said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for charities to apply for a grant towards their ongoing good works and I would encourage local good causes to make the most of this opportunity.

“We value projects that bring lasting benefits to communities served by our local newspapers and websites.”

Applications must be made on the approved form, which can be found below

Gannett Foundation application form.docx

It should be sent electronically to along with supporting documents.

Applications must be sent by 5pm on Friday, October 16 and must be clearly marked ‘Gannett Foundation grant’.