The Gannett Foundation UK is now open for grant applications from community organisations that are registered charities.

The Gannett Foundation is the charitable arm of Gannett Co Inc., the parent company of Newsquest Media Group, one of the UK’s largest publishers and owners of The Impartial Reporter. We provide funding to registered charities in the areas where we operate local newspapers and websites.

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 everyday needs and that will be our special focus in 2019. 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 tangible and durable benefit, we will consider single events, performances or other projects of limited duration that otherwise meet our criteria.

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 grants will be monitored by the relevant local newspaper Editor, and it will be a condition of each grant that the recipient must report back on it use to the Chairman of the Trustees within 12 months of the award.

Application forms can be accessed by emailing mconway@impartialreporter.com.

The completed form and supporting document should be sent electronically via email to mconway@impartialreporter.com. Submissions on paper are not encouraged, but if unavoidable, they must be sent to Mark Conway, Editor, The Impartial Reporter, 8-10 East Bridge Street, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh BT74 7BT. In every case, applications must arrive by 12 noon on Friday, October 18, 2019.