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Gannett Foundation 2013
IT’S that time of year again when we start looking for deserving causes which would benefit from a cash donation for a special project.
Grants are being offered through the Watford Observer, Watford Free and St Albans and Harpenden Review by The Gannett Foundation, the charitable arm of Gannett Co, Inc. owner of Newsquest Media group, which publishes regional newspapers, websites and magazines nationwide.
The Gannett Foundation provides funding to support local projects and organisations in areas where Newsquest operates throughout the UK. The funds are managed by the Quartet Community Foundation.
In the past 10 years, the foundation has made grants in the UK totalling more than £4 million.
The foundation values projects that bring lasting benefits to the communities and neighbourhoods served by our newspapers. That includes schemes for neighbourhood improvement and local problem-solving, economic development, youth development, education and cultural creativity, help for the disadvantaged or disabled and environmental conservation.
Typically our grants are made for substantial projects which require and merit awards of between £5,000 and £10,000.
The foundation will consider more modest applications, but it encourages imaginative and ambitious projects on a bigger scale. The foundation can join with other contributors to support elements of larger projects.
While preference may be given to ideas which create a durable legacy for the community, the foundation will consider single events or projects of limited duration that otherwise meet the criteria.
Prospective applicants must be registered charities, must not have received Gannett funding in the past two years.
The foundation 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 newspaper.
To apply for a Gannett Foundation grant from this office the charity must be served by the Watford Observer, Watford Free of St Albans and Harpenden Review.
How do I apply?
Applications must be submitted on the official application form and scanned in and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please note we will only accept electronic applications.
The closing date for nominations for a Gannett grant is Friday September 7, 2012. Please note that there will be no extensions to this date.