SCOTTISH organisations are being invited to apply for funding from the Gannett Foundation, the charitable arm of Gannett, the company that owns Newsquest, whose titles include The Herald.

Last year, the foundation gave away £20,400 in Scotland, helping fund the expansion of a pioneering cycling project and a caravan holiday scheme for disadvantaged families.

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The Glasgow Children's Holiday Scheme was able to upgrade its oldest static caravan at Wemyss Bay with a £10,000 grant, while Free Wheel North, which also received £10,000, is expanding the work of its Glasgow Green cycling centre into the central belt.

Meanwhile Milton of Campsie Senior Citizens' Association received £400 which members put towards a new electronic bingo machine and new teapots.

Gannett Co Inc is the parent company of Newsquest Media Group, one of the UK's largest publishers and owners of The Herald. The foundation provides backing for registered charities in any areas where Newsquest operates newspapers and websites.

It supports charities with projects which take a creative approach to issues such as education and neighbourhood improvements, economic development, youth development, local problem solving, assistance to disadvantaged or disabled people, environmental conservation and cultural enrichment.

The foundation values projects bringing lasting benefits to communities.

Ideas which create a legacy are preferred single events or projects of limited duration that otherwise meet the criteria will also be considered.

For more details contact Margaret Morrison on 0141 302 7005

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