Applications open for Gannet Grants
CHARITABLE organisations across Swindon are being urged to apply for a grant worth thousands of pounds – courtesy of the Swindon Advertiser’s parent company.
The Gannett Foundation Fund, which is the charitable arm of Newsquest, supports non-profit-making groups and has launched the latest round of applications, with grants of between £1,000 and £50,000 available.
The foundation supports registered charities running projects that 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.
One of the previous recipients of the grant is the Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group. It will received £3,480 in 2011 to arrange a series of activity days for the families it supports.
Nicky Parker, the chairman of the Swindon Down’s Syndrome Association, said she was thrilled when she heard the group’s application had been successful.
“It’s fantastic news. The days will give everybody involved the chance to do something they ordinarily would be unable to do,” she said.
“It’s a chance for the families to be involved, raise awareness and have a fun time.”
All applicants must be registered charities and the foundation will not consider any that have 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 merits. The trustees’ decision is final.
Applications must use the approved application form, which can be downloaded at here.
The completed form and supporting document should be sent via email to phoward@swindon advertiser.co.uk by 5pm on Friday, September 20.
Paper submissions must be sent to the Editor, Swindon Advertiser, 100 Victoria Road, Swindon, SN1 3BE.
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