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Journalism causes benefit from publisher’s £300,000 grants

NewsquestAlmost £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 JournalistsJournalism 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
Survivors Worcester Worcester £2,000
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
Thomas Organisation Blackburn £8,000
Dovecote Voluntary Parent Committee Oxford £8,645
Katharine House Hospice Oxfordshire £7,150
Oxfordshire Dyslexic Association Oxfordshire £5,000
Sylva Foundation Oxfordshire £4,255
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
Age Exchange Blackheath £1,025
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

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