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10:00am Sunday 26th August 2012 in News
Grant aid to inspiring community projects is once again being offered by the charitable arm of the publishers of the Gazette & Herald.
Over the last ten years, the Gannett Foundation has presented over £4million of grants to deserving causes in communities all over the UK.
In the Gazette’s circulation area the North Wiltshire Motor Neurone Disease Association received £4,500 to buy six electric wheelchairs and the Marlborough branch of the Riding for the Disabled Association got £1,000 for games and gymkhana equipment.
When the Gazette & Herald highlighted the plight of Youth Action Wiltshire, which needed a new van, the Gannett Foundation chipped in £4,500 towards the cost of a new vehicle, dubbed Kev’s Van. Other local good causes to get help from the Gannett Foundation include the Majorwrecks, the Devizes male majorettes; Devizes Hospital and Community Radio, the recycling charity Refurbiz and Chippenham Women’s Refuge.
A spokesman for the foundation said: “We value projects that bring lasting benefits to the communities and neighbourhoods served by our newspapers.
“That includes schemes for neighbourhood improvement and local problem-solving, economic development, youth development, education and cultural creativity, help for the disadvantaged or disabled and environmental conservation.”
This year the recipients could include Scouts and Guides groups, who have previously been excluded because of the ban on uniformed groups. Schools, religious and political groups are still excluded.
Application forms with more details are available from the Gazette & Herald office in Market Place, Devizes, or can be downloaded from gazetteandherald. co.uk Send completed forms via email to phoward@newswilts. co.uk by September 14, or hard copies to Pauline Howard, Gazette & Herald Gannett Fund, 100 Victoria Road, Swindon SN1 3BE.