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Gannett Foundation Grants Deadline date: 20 March 2008 The Gannett Foundation is the charitable arm of Gannett Co Inc, owner of the Newsquest Media Group, one of the UK‟s largest publishers. The Gannett Foundation provides funding to support local organisations in areas where Newsquest operates in the UK. Grants are between £1,000 and £5,000 but larger grants may be made for exceptional projects. The Gannett 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. Applications must be submitted on the approved application form, which may be completed online or obtained from your local Newsquest newspaper office. To find out more go to Competition to Win £1,000 of Musical Instruments (England) Young people under the age of 30 have the opportunity to win £1,000 to spend on musical instruments and equipment thanks to the “Take it away and Make Your Mark” competition. The competition is run by Enterprise Insight in association with Arts Council England and ArtCo Trading Ltd and is part of the Make Your Mark programme that has helped more than 4500 people buy over £3m worth of musical instruments and equipment. To win this competition, entrants must answer the following questions; what role does music play in your life? and how would £1000 worth of instruments and equipment help you to make your mark in the music business? A panel of judges will select the three winning entries and the closing date for entries is the 17th March 2008. To find out more go to Government Announces Additional Funding to Widen Participation in Higher Education (England) The Government has announced that “Aimhigher”, the national programme to promote wider participation in higher education will distribute a further £74.1 million per year to partnerships over the next three years. Jointly funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS), the Aimhigher programme is a national initiative to increase participation in higher education by under-represented groups, particularly young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds. The programme works through area based partnerships consisting of schools, colleges and universities to break down the barriers of disadvantage that can prevent young people from non-traditional backgrounds from progressing to higher education. Area based partnerships that wish to receive funding during the 2008-11 period will need to submit strategic and annual operating plans by the 14th May 2008 and completed evaluation plans by the 31st July 2008. To find out more go to: 2011.cfm Positive Destinations Grants Programme Now Open for Applications (UK) BBC Children in Need and the Hunter Foundation have announced that they are now accepting applications under a new £2 million grants programme to fund innovative and effective projects that have the potential to deliver positive outcomes to some of the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK. The programme, known as “Positive Destinations”, will take place over three years and is aiming to award three large grants of around £500,000 each and three smaller grants which will have the remaining £500,000 divided between them. Positive Destinations aims to deliver sustainable support to these young people to ensure that they achieve a positive future in terms of education, employment or training. The programme will seek to support projects that target either key points in determining a young person's future (i.e. pre-school, transition from primary to secondary education and the 14 – 16 year period prior to work or further education) or a holistic approach in delivering positive outcomes. The closing date for applications will be the 30th March 2008. To find out more go to Architectural Heritage Fund (UK) The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), which is a registered charity that promotes the conservation and regeneration of historic buildings in the UK, has announced that the next application deadline for its loans and grants programme is the 8th May 2008. Funding is available to voluntary organisations building preservation trusts to regenerate historic buildings to create community and education facilities, workspace and homes. To be eligible to apply for funding through the AHF, organisations

need to be a registered charity and the building(s) must be listed, scheduled as an ancient monument or in a Conservation Area (if in a Conservation Area, it must be of acknowledged historic or architectural importance). The project must also involve a change of ownership and/or a change of use. Previously funded projects include turning a rundown historic buildings into community theatres, resource centres, community learning centres, workspaces, places to live and community meeting places, etc. To find out more go to Community Cash Awards (UK) Young people are being given the chance to claim a share of £1 million to help tackle the dangers of drugs, crime and play a positive role in their community. The Royal Bank of Scotland Community Cash Awards will see £1 million of grants being distributed by youth charity “The Prince‟s Trust” to young people who want to run community projects in some of Britain‟s poorest areas. The Awards, worth £250 to £5,000, are available to disadvantaged 14 to 25-year-olds who want to transform their area and learn practical skills. Projects could range from improving local youth facilities to tackling teenage pregnancy or drug misuse. Projects must be run and managed by people between the ages of 14 and 25; clearly benefit the local community; benefit the people running the project; and be a new or developing project. Previous projects supported include; an amateur boxing project to give young people greater confidence; and a media project to promote community cohesion and greater understanding between the local community and asylum seekers. Applications can be made at any time. To find out more go to Funding for Young People to Improve their Community (England) v, the independent charity set up to encourage young people to volunteer, has launched the third application round of the vcashpoint scheme. Working in partnership with the HSBC bank, vcashpoint is a £1 million initiative that will provide grants of up to £2,500 to young people to set up their own volunteering projects within their community. The type of activities that could be supported could include running activities for children, transforming a community space, supporting victims of bullying, running workshops for young people, setting up a local campaign, clearing up a beach, running music, art or sports events for disadvantaged people, or organising a festival to bring different cultures or communities together, etc. To help develop fresh and innovative project ideas, youth workers across the country will be using a brand new limited edition brainstorming kit called „Outside the Box‟. Outside the Box was piloted regionally with a number of youth groups and has proven to be an effective way to engage young people and help them identify potential volunteering project ideas. The next application deadline is the 25th April 2008. To find out more go to WREN Communities Challenge 2008 (UK) Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN) has announced that its annual Communities Challenge Fund is now open to applications. Through the Communities Challenge WREN will be working with Local Authorities and organisations to support the best community regeneration projects by providing £2 million of funding for capital projects which breathe new life into tired or rundown facilities or provide much needed new amenities. Organisations and groups are invited to bid for funding of between £75,000 and £250,000 for capital projects that will make a real difference to their community. Projects could include; recreational areas such as parks, community gardens or open green spaces; community centres, village halls or youth centres; play areas, skate parks or multi-use games areas; nature reserves or community woodlands; sports centres or recreation grounds; museums and visitors centres; or a combination of facilities. To be eligible projects need to be within 10 miles of a WREN landfill site. The closing date for applications is the 30th May 2008. To find out more go to Arts Awards (UK) The Wellcome Trust is inviting organisations and individuals to apply for funding through its Arts Awards. The Arts Awards support projects that engage the public with biomedical science through the arts including dance, drama, performance arts, visual arts, music, film, craft, photography, creative writing or digital media. Applications are invited for projects up to £30,000. The aim of the awards is to support arts projects that reach new audiences that may not traditionally be interested in science and provide new ways of thinking about the social, cultural and ethical issues around contemporary science. The scheme is open to a wide range of people including, among others, artists, scientists, curators, filmmakers, writers, producers, directors, academics, science communicators, teachers, arts

workers and education officers. For small to medium-sized projects (up to and including £30 000) the next application deadline is the 22nd May 2008. For large projects (over £30 000) the next application deadline will be announced later in 2008. To find out more go to

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