UPDATED: Monday, October 8. Applications have now closed

THIS newspaper is again calling for applications to its popular charity grants scheme.

The grants are provided by the Gannett Foundation, the charitable arm of Gannett Co Inc, the parent company of Newsquest Media Group, one of the UK's largest publishers and owner of the Stroud News and Journal, Gloucestershire Gazette series and Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard.

Last year in Gloucestershire, the Wilts and Gloucesteshire Standard awarded £6,000 to help rebuild Lechlade Memorial Hall after it was destroyed by fire.

We value projects that bring lasting benefits to communities served by the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, Gloucestershire Gazette series and Stroud News and Journal.

While preference may be given to ideas which create a durable legacy for the community, we will consider single events or projects of limited duration that otherwise meet our criteria.

We entertain applications of any size or ambition. Typically, our grants are modest sums for practical projects, but we will consider awards to larger projects which deserve our backing.

We are also able to join with other contributors to support elements of larger projects, though we prefer to be in a position of making a donation which will fund a project entirely or which constitutes the final instalment to complete a project.

Decisions about funding will be made by the trustees based on the evidence submitted.

We favour 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.

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 downloaded using the link below.

Any applications which do not meet our criteria or which do not follow our rules and procedures will be rejected.

The completed form and supporting document should be sent via email to john.wilson@newsquest.co.uk.

Submissions on paper are NOT encouraged, but if unavoidable, they must be sent to John Wilson, Editor, Newsquest Gloucestershire, 6 Lansdown, Stroud GL5 1BE.

In every case, applications must arrive by 5pm on Monday, October 8, 2018.