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Charities urged to go for Gannett Foundation grant
4:08pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
CHARITIES and other good causes in Bury are being encouraged to apply for one of the Gannett Foundation grants.
In the past 10 years, the foundation has made grants of more than £4 million, with groups in Bury benefitting.
Gannett is the owner of Newsquest Media Group — which publishes the Bury Times, Radcliffe Times and Prestwich and Whitefield Guide — and the foundation is its charity arm.
The Gannett Foundation supports projects that take a creative approach to some of the 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. A spokesperson for the foundation said: “We value projects that bring lasting benefits to communities served by Newsquest newspapers.
“While preference may be given to ideas that 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 that require and merit awards of between £5,000 and £10,000. We will, of course, also entertain more modest applications, but we actively encourage imaginative and ambitious projects on a bigger scale.”
Two local groups to have benefited from a Gannett Foundation grant have been furniture charity RE>BUILD Bury, which received a cheque for £450, and the town’s talking newspaper for the blind, Pipeline, which was awarded a grant of £520.
RE>BUILD began in 1998 and the charity provides low-cost items for families on low incomes.
Bury Pipeline produces and circulates news CDs to blind and visually impaired clients throughout the borough.
The foundation will favour projects that demonstrate good planning, oversight and financial responsibility.
Applicants must submit copies of their most recent accounts (where required by the charities commission) or other appropriate financial information — along with any other supporting materials and details of the organisation’s managing committee.
Organisations can download an application form here: GANNETT FOUNDATION APPLICATION FORM 2013 V1.doc or can contact Lisa Schofield, The Wellsprings, Civic Centre, Bolton, BL1 1AR, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applications have to be submitted on the official form and should be sent to the above address by no later than Monday September 9.
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