Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting ECS to 80360, or email »
The Gannett Foundation is the charitable arm of Gannett Co Inc, the parent company of Newsquest Media Group, one of the UK's largest publishers and owners of your local paper. We provide funding to registered charities in the areas where we operate local newspapers and websites.
In the last 10 years, the Gannett Foundation has made grants in the UK alone totalling more than £4 million.
We support those registered charities with projects which take a creative approach to 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.
Typically our grants are made for substantial projects which require and merit awards of between £5,000 and £10,000. We will also entertain more modest applications, but we actively encourage imaginative and ambitious projects on a bigger scale. We are also able to join with other contributors to support elements of larger projects, though we prefer to be in a position of making a final donation to complete a project. Decisions in respect of the value of the funding will be made by the trustees and based on the evidence submitted.
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.
- Applicants must be registered charities
- Applicants must not have received a grant from us within the last two years
- We will NOT fund:
- salaries, professional fees or day-to-day running or maintenance costs
- general appeals as opposed to specific projects
- projects that do not bring benefits to local communities
- political or religious organisations
- state or privately run schools (other than special needs) or hospitals (other than hospices)
We will favour projects that demonstrate good planning, oversight and financial responsibility. You must supply copies of your most recent accounts (where required by the Charities Commission) or other appropriate financial information, together with any supporting materials and details of your organisation’s managing committee. The actual use of all grants will be monitored by the relevant local newspaper Editor, to whom successful applicants must report within 12 months of the grant.
The Foundation will favour projects that demonstrate good planning, oversight and financial responsibility. As a prerequisite, the submission of copies of the charity’s most recent financial accounts are required. In addition, 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, whose decision is final. Applications must be submitted on the approved application form, which can be downloaded on our websites. Any applications which do not meet our criteria or which do not follow our rules and procedures will be rejected.
The completed form and supporting document should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on September 30, 2012. Submissions on paper will not be accepted.