Chance for Gwent groups to get thousands in grants

South Wales Argus: GOOD CAUSE: The minibus bought last year by Maes Ebbw school with a Gannett Foundation grant of £29,466 Grants available for community projects and worthy causes GOOD CAUSE: The minibus bought last year by Maes Ebbw school with a Gannett Foundation grant of £29,466 Grants available for community projects and worthy causes

GOOD causes in Gwent may be in with a chance of bagging a grant worth thousands of pounds from the South Wales Argus’ parent company.

The Gannett Foundation – the charitable arm of Gannett Co, Inc. owner of Newsquest Media Group, which publishes regional and local newspapers, websites and magazines across the UK – provides funding to support local projects and organisations in areas where Newsquest operates. The funds are managed by the Quartet Community Foundation.

Last year the Serennu Children’s Centre at High Cross, Newport, received a £14,400 grant from the Gannett Foundation to provide a gazebo for its garden, and the city’s Maes Ebbw Special School bought a specially adapted bus with a £29,466 grant.

In the past ten years the Gannett Foundation has made UK grants totalling more than £4 million.

We value projects that bring lasting benefits to communities and neighbourhoods served by our newspapers.

That includes schemes for neighbourhood improvement and local problemsolving, 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 £5,000-10,000. We also entertain more modest applications, but actively encourage imaginative and ambitious projects on a bigger scale.We can also join other contributors to support elements of larger projects.

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.

We will favour projects demonstrating 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.

Actual use of all grants will be monitored by the relevant local newspaper editor, to whom successful applicants must report within 12 months of a grant being awarded.

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 you can download from the link below. Any applications not meeting our criteria or following our rules and procedures will be rejected.

The completed form and supporting document should be e-mailed to caroline.stock@southwalesargus.co.uk by 5pm on Friday, September 28, 2012.

Submissions on paper will not be accepted.

Restrictions

  • 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)

Click either of the links below to download your copy of the form:

WORD DOCUMENT (which you can fill in on your computer, re-save and e-mail to us):
 

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