Gannett Foundation - Community Action Grants

Status:  Open to applications

Application Deadline: 08 October 2018


Grants are available for arts, museums and libraries projects that engage people in England with arts and culture.
Maximum Value: £ 10,000
Minimum Value: £ 5,000
Value Notes
Typically grants are made for substantial projects which require and merit awards of between £5,000 and £10,000. Small amounts will be considered but the Foundation actively encourages imaginative and ambitious projects on a bigger scale.

Extended Description

The Gannett Foundation is the charitable arm of Gannett Co, Inc., owner of Newsquest Media Group, which publishes regional and local newspapers, websites and magazines across the UK. The Gannett Foundation provides funding to support local projects and organisations in areas where Newsquest operates. 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.

The Foundation values practical and creative projects that bring lasting benefits to the communities and neighbourhoods served by its newspapers and online audience. This 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.

The Foundation particularly invites clearly reasoned applications asking for specific items of equipment or materials. Most applications are for relatively modest sums meeting every-day needs, but worthwhile projects on a bigger scale will be considered. The Foundation is also able to join with other contributors to support elements of more ambitious projects. While preference will be given to ideas which create a durable legacy for the community, single events or projects of limited duration that otherwise meet the Foundation’s criteria will be considered.


Latest Information

Applications are being accepted for 2018. The deadline for applications is 8 October 2018 (5pm), though the deadline may vary depending on the location.                                             

Key Criteria

Applicants must be registered charities that have not received a Gannett Foundation grant within the last two years.

The scheme is open to local registered charities within the circulation area of a Newsquest publication in Great Britain.

 The following link displays the complete list of local publications:

The Foundation will favour projects that demonstrate good planning, oversight and financial responsibility. Applicants must supply copies of their most recent accounts (where required by the Charities Commission) or other appropriate financial information, together with any supporting materials and details of their organisation’s managing committee.

Eligible Expenditure

The Foundation supports projects which take a creative approach to fundamental issues such as education and neighbourhood improvements, economic development, youth development, community problem solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation and cultural enrichment.

The following are some typical examples of grants awarded in previous years:

  • £4,730 for greenhouses and tools at a community garden in Bradford.
  • £4,000 to refurbish the kitchen at Chideock village hall in Dorset.
  • £5,740 bought medical equipment for the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice in Berkshire.
  • £3,080 supporting motorcycle and carpentry projects for youth in South London.
  • £6,170 to supply hot home meals for the sick and elderly in North London.
  • £5,530 for tumble dryers and other equipment at homeless shelters in Lancashire.
  • £4,410 for community sports in Hampshire.
  • £6,600 paid for theatrical equipment for a community hall in South Wales.


Match Funding Restrictions

The Foundation is able to join with other contributors to support elements of larger projects.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Salaries, professional fees or day-to-day running or maintenance costs
  • General appeals as opposed to specific projects
  • Projects that do not bring benefits to local communities
  • Political or religious objectives
  • State or privately run schools (other than special needs)
  • Hospitals (other than hospices)
  • Individuals.
  • Private foundations.
  • Organisations which are not registered charities.
  • National or regional organisations, unless their programmes address specific local community needs.
  • Programmes or initiatives where the primary purpose is the promotion of religious doctrine or tenets.
  • Political action or legislative advocacy groups.
  • Endowment funds.
  • Multiple-year pledge campaigns.
  • Medical or research organisations, including organisations funding single disease research.
  • Fraternal groups, athletic teams, bands, volunteer firefighters or similar groups.

Application Procedure

Grants are made once a year, in the autumn. Promotions usually start in Newsquest regional newspapers from late July/early August onwards. The time is publicised in the local newspapers.

Applications must be made locally by downloading an application form from the newspaper website

The completed form can be sent either by email or by post to the editor of the applicant's local paper.

Please note that the deadlines can vary according to the local newspaper. Groups should check their local paper to avoid disappointment.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download their website.
Contact details:
Gannett Foundation
Newsquest Media Group Ltd 
58 Church Street 
KT13 8DP
01932 821212