CHARITABLE groups in Ryedale are being urged to apply for grants worth thousands of pounds from the Gannett Foundation.

The foundation is the charitable arm of Gannett Co Inc, parent company of Newsquest Media Group, which owns the Gazette & Herald.

It offers funding to registered charities with projects which take a creative approach to issues such as neighbourhood improvements, economic development, youth enterprise or assistance for disadvantaged or disabled people.

Grants have previously been awarded to Acorn Community Care, in Norton, which received £7,200 for a walk-in cold room for a farm shop, while Lastingham Village Hall was given £480 for a screen and projector.

The foundation entertains applications of any size or ambition. Typically its grants are modest sums for practical projects, but it will consider awards to larger projects. It favours 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.

Decisions about funding will be made by trustees based on the evidence submitted. 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 obtained by emailing or by visiting Any applications which do not meet the criteria or follow rules and procedures will be rejected. The completed form and supporting document should be emailed to Submissions on paper are not encouraged, but if unavoidable, should be sent to: Stuart Martel, 84-86 Walmgate, York. Deadline for applications noon on Friday, October 18, 2019.