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Charities invited to apply for cash from Gannett Foundation
7:00am Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
HAMPSHIRE charities are being invited to apply for the latest round of funding from the Gannett Foundation.
Last year thousands of pounds was handed out in grants by the foundation, which is the charitable arm of the US media firm Gannett Co Inc, owner of Newsquest media and publisher of the Southern Daily Echo.
Charities are being urged to apply to the Southern Daily Echo setting out how they would benefit from the grant, which aims to benefit a wide variety of people across the readership area and give a lasting benefit to the community.
Applications of any size or ambition will be considered, though typically 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 as well, but encourages adventurous projects on a larger scale.
Recent grants include £6,500 given to New Forest and District Sailability to buy a new Access 303 dinghy, which will join the fleet of 13 that sail on the charity’s Blashford Lakes base near Ringwood. The group has 140 disabled sailors.
Lordshill Community Centre in Southampton was awarded £3,200 to help pay for new automatic doors, which made a huge difference to disabled users of the centre and parents with pushchairs, making it accessible to the whole community.
The foundation is able to join with other contributors to support elements of larger projects, though it prefers to be in a position of making a donation which will fund a project entirely or which constitutes the final instalment to complete a project.
The foundation will favour projects that demonstrate good planning, oversight and financial responsibility.
Decisions in respect of the value of the funding will be made by the trustees and based on the evidence submitted.
Copies of the charity's most recent financial accounts are required with the application.
Any supporting materials and further details concerning the overall aims of the charity should be included with each submission.
Each nomination will be judged on its own merits at the absolute discretion of the trustees, whose decision is final.
Any applications which do not meet the foundation's criteria or which do not follow its rules and procedures will be rejected.
Applications will not be considered if they are from non-registered charities, intended to fund salaries or general running costs, general appeals as opposed to specific projects, political or regional organisations or state or privately owned schools - except special needs schools, or hospitals other than hospices.
Previous applicants who have been given a grant in the last two years will also not be considered.
Applications must be submitted on the approved application form. To download it, log on to dailyecho.co.uk.
The forms, which must be in electronic form, must then be emailed to email@example.com by 5pm on September 23, 2013 clearly marked Gannett Foundation grant.
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