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A CAFE run by a charity “would not have been able to go ahead” if it wasn’t for a grant from the Gannett Foundation, its manager said.
The Gannett Foundation – the charitable arm of the Oxford Mail’s parent organisation – is again offering grants of up to £10,000 to charitable causes across Oxfordshire.
Yellow Submarine, in Park End Street, Oxford, was handed £10,000 last year so it could open a cafe on its site to train young people with learning disabilities.
It was one of three charities across Oxfordshire awarded grants.
SpecialEffect, based in Charlbury, and the Oxfordshire Playbus, which is based at Heyford Park, near Bicester, were also given donations by the foundation.
Manager Toby Staveley said: “I don’t think we would have been able to open this site if it wasn’t for the help of the Gannett Foundation. There is no way we could have done it.
“Since opening we have taken on 15 trainees and we have just taken on our first person in a paid role. We want to be a heart for the community so the location of the cafe was really important to us.
“The response we have had since we opened has been really positive, especially on the back of the Paralympic Games last year which really brought disability into the forefront of people’s minds.”
And Mr Staveley encouraged others to apply for the grants.
He said: “People should really go ahead and apply, it has been really great for us.”
Charities and groups can apply for a grant worth between £5,000 and £10,000.
- For an application form visit oxfordmail.co.uk/gannettfoundation
How to nominate
- Each application 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 at oxfordmail.co.uk/gannettfoundation
- Any applications which do not meet our criteria or which do not follow our rules and procedures will be rejected.
- The completed form and any supporting documents should be received by Newsquest Oxfordshire before 5pm on Monday, September 16, 2013, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Trustees will not fund:
- 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 organisations
- State or privately-run schools (other than special needs) or hospitals (other than hospices).
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