Almost £300,000 worth of grants have been made to 50 good causes across the country thanks to a regional publisher’s charitable arm.
The trustees of the Gannett Foundation UK, the charitable fund run by Newsquest Media Group, have revealed which organisations have been successful in this year’s round of funding.
Most grants have gone to organisations based on the patches of Newsquest’s regional titles, although several special awards have been made to causes related to helping journalists.
They include an £8,000 grant to the National Council for the Training of Journalists’ Journalism Diversity Fund, £10,000 to the Journalists’ Charity and £5,000 to the Rory Peck Trust for the welfare of freelance journalists.
A further £10,000 was given to the Newstraid Charity, which supports those who have been involved in the retailing and distribution of newspapers and their dependants, while £5,000 was donated to the Campaign for the Freedom of Information for educational purposes.
Simon Westrop, chairman of the trustees, said: “Amid all the political turmoil, real life goes on of course. And it is a privilege for the trustees to be able to do a little something to help our communities where we can.
“If your application did not succeed this time, please don’t be discouraged, but look at the applications that have won grants and think how you can come up with even better ideas next year.
“Often we think the best applications are not the headline-grabbers but the small ones that meet a particular need and instantly improve daily life. For instance, the new kettle the community centre has been wanting for ages. So think practically.”
The full list of local causes to have been awarded grants is as follows:
|Organisation||Area||Amount of grant|
|Art against knives||North London||£7,298|
|Colchester Sea Cadets||Essex||£5,100|
|Maldon District Visual Impaired Club||Essex||£1,000|
|Samaritans of Chelmsford & Mid-Essex Branch||Essex||£3,690|
|Romsey Men’s Shed||Hampshire||£2,000|
|Rose Road Association||Southampton||£5,860|
|Winchester Street Reach||Hampshire||£5,740|
|Breast Cancer Haven||Hereford||£1,475|
|Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool Association||Gloucestershire||£2,435|
|St Richard’s Hospice||Worcester||£5,000|
|Stroud Sea Cadets||Stroud, Gloucestershire||£1,000|
|Dudley District Citizen Advice Bureau||North West||£4,000|
|Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland||Carlisle||£10,000|
|Room at the Inn and Y Project||North West: Warrington||£5,000|
|South Lakeland Carers||Cumbria||£10,000|
|Teardrops – Supporting the Homeless||St Helens||£9,810|
|The Lake District Calvert Trust||Cumbria||£7,000|
|Dovecote Voluntary Parent Committee||Oxford||£8,645|
|Katharine House Hospice||Oxfordshire||£7,150|
|Oxfordshire Dyslexic Association||Oxfordshire||£5,000|
|Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland||Scotland||£2,000|
|Cue and Review recording service||Scotland||£10,550|
|Fife Employment Access Trust||Scotland||£8,605|
|Glasgow Children’s Holiday Scheme||Scotland||£10,000|
|Pollokshaws Area Network||Scotland||£1,560|
|Tullibody Community Development Trust||Scotland||£5,000|
|Yomo – Young Movers||Scotland||£4,975|
|As You Are||Sussex||£2,000|
|Brighton and Hove City Mission||Sussex||£3,000|
|Clear Vision Project||South London||£4,845|
|Elmbridge Rentstart||South London/Surrey||£3,000|
|Otakar Krau Music Trust (OKMT)||South London: Twickenham||£790|
|Vineyard Community Centre||Surrey||£6,650|
|Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation||Weymouth, Dorset||£5,530|
|Poole Waste Not Want Not||Dorset||£5,340|
|Swindon Womens’ Aid||Swindon||£1,650|
|The John McNeill Opportunity Centre||Salisbury, Wiltshire||£2,600|
|Brynberian Community Centre||Wales||£5,460|
|Pembrokeshire Special Needs Gymnastics Club||Wales||£2,800|
|The Wilderness Trust||North Wales||£7,900|
|Aire Rivers Trust||West Yorkshire||£9,000|
|Bierley Community Association||Bradford||£5,530|
|Eccleshill Adventure Playground||Bradford||£8,795|
|Friends of High Royds Memorial Garden||Bradford||£5,000|