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We provide funding to registered charities in the areas where we operate local newspapers and websites.
We support those registered charities with projects which take a creative approach to 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.
We value projects that bring lasting benefits to communities served by our local newspapers and websites.
While preference may 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.
We entertain applications of any size or ambition, though typically our grants are made for substantial projects which require and merit awards of between £5,000 and £10,000. We will consider much more modest applications as well, but we actively encourage adventurous projects on a larger scale.
We are able to join with other contributors to support elements of larger projects, though we prefer 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.
Decisions in respect of the value of the funding will be made by the trustees and based on the evidence submitted.
The Foundation will favour projects that demonstrate good planning, oversight and financial responsibility.
As a prerequisite, the submission of copies of the charity’s most recent financial accounts are required. In addition, 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.
Applications must be submitted on the approved application form, which can be downloaded below.
Any applications which do not meet our criteria or which do not follow our rules and procedures will be rejected.
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)
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 relevant local newspaper Editor, to whom successful applicants must report within 12 months of the grant.
Click on the link below to download the application form.
Once completed, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org. APPLICATIONS MUST BE MADE BY 5PM ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013.