IT is that time of year again: Gannett Foundation applications are being sought by community groups looking for donations of between £5,000 and £10,000.

Newsquest Oxfordshire, our parent company, invites applications each year for registered charities looking for grants towards substantial projects that require and merit awards of between £5,000 and £10,000.

It is now down to you to download and fill out the attached application form below, and email it to gannettapplications@nqo.com. Applications that arrive after 5pm on Friday, October 18, 2019 will not be accepted.

Please be aware that only electronic applications using this form will be accepted. Forms from the Gannett Foundation's American website or any other Newsquest publication will be rejected, as will those posted to the newspaper.

We value practical and creative projects that bring lasting benefits to the communities and neighbourhoods served by our newspapers and online audience. That includes schemes for neighbourhood improvement and local problem-solving, economic development, youth development, education and cultural enrichment, care of the elderly or infirm, help for the disadvantaged or disabled, and environmental conservation.

We particularly invite clearly reasoned applications asking for specific items of equipment or materials. Most of our applications are for relatively modest sums meeting every-day needs, but we will consider worthwhile projects on a bigger scale. And we are also able to join with other contributors to support elements of more ambitious projects. While preference will be given to ideas which create a durable legacy for the community, we will consider single events or projects of limited duration that otherwise meet our criteria.

Restrictions:

• Applicants must be registered charities

• Applicants must not have received a grant from us within the last two years

• Applicants must use the official form that can be downloaded below and it must be sent electronically

• Applicants must give full answers,and supply all data and materials requested in the official form.

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 our local communities

- political or religious objectives

- 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.

Details are given in the attached application form and no further information is available by telephoning Newsquest Oxfordshire. By submitting an application your organisation agrees to participate in editorial and promotional activity with Newsquest Oxfordshire and that no comment about applications will be made to other media organisations without our approval.

Download this form:

GANNETT FOUNDATION APPLICATION FORM 2018 (1).docx)

and email it to gannettapplications@nqo.com. The absolute deadline is 5pm on Monday, October 8, 2018.

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