APPLICATIONS for this newspaper's popular grants scheme close in less than a month.

So anyone seeking help should download our application form now (see link below) and submit it for consideration.

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 Hereford Times and Hereford Admag.

Last year the Hereford Times awarded £1,760 to Home-Start Herefordshire towards training 20 home-visit volunteers to help support families to lead healthier lives.

We value projects that bring lasting benefits to communities served by Hereford Times and Hereford Admag.

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 found on our website or search for @GannettGrantsJW on Facebook.

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

Submissions on paper are NOT encouraged, but if unavoidable, they must be sent to John Wilson, Editor, Hereford Times and Hereford Admag, Holmer Road, Hereford HR4 9UJ.

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