The Gannett Foundation is the charitable arm of Gannett Co, Inc., owner of Newsquest Media Group, one of the UK’s largest publishers and owners of The Northern Echo. The Gannett Foundation provides funding to support registered local charity projects in areas where Newsquest operates. The funds are managed by the Quartet Community Foundation. In the last 10 years alone, the Gannett Foundation has made grants in the UK alone totalling nearly £4 million.
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.
Each year we choose a special theme and encourage relevant applications. The needs of rural communities is the chosen theme for 2016. But of course we will give equal consideration to all other applications we receive that meet our general criteria.
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 at by clicking here. Any applications which do not meet our criteria or which do not follow our rules and procedures will be rejected.
The completed form and supporting document should be sent electronically via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Submissions on paper are not encouraged, but if unavoidable, they must be sent to Tracey Dowson, Newsquest (North East), PO Box 14, Priestgate, Darlington, DL1 1NF
. In every case, applications must arrive by 5pm on Friday, 7th October 2016.