IT’S that time of year again when we offer charitable groups across Swindon the chance to cash in on thousands of pounds worth of grants.

The Gannett Foundation Fund, the charitable arm of the Adver’s parent company Newsquest, supports non-profit making groups and is now inviting applications for grants of between £1,000 and £50,000.

The foundation supports registered charities with projects which take a creative approach to issues such as education and neighbourhood improvements, economic development, youth work, local problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged or disabled people, environmental conservation and cultural enrichment.

It values projects that bring lasting benefits to communities. While preference may be given to ideas which create a durable legacy, it will consider projects of limited duration.

Gateway Furniture, which has provided good quality items, including white goods, to people since 2009, was given £2,850 last year.

Dawn Prosser, who runs the charity with husband Kevin, said: “The money will help us automate everything.

“It will be fantastic to do that because at the moment we do it all by hand. This will make it easier and quicker.”

All applicants must be registered charities and the foundation will not consider anyone who has received a grant from it in the past two years.

Grants will not be given to fund salaries and running costs, appeals as opposed to specific projects, or to promote political or religious groups.

Projects must also bring benefits to the community, schools or hospitals.

Each nomination will be judged on its own merits. The trustees’ decision is final.

Applications must use the approved application form, which can be downloaded at The completed form and supporting document should be sent via email to by 5pm on Friday, September 20. Submissions on paper must be sent to the Editor, Swindon Advertiser, 100 Victoria Road, Swindon, SN1 3BE.