Communities served by Newsquest’s 317 local newspapers are to share a $1m charity cash pot provided by parent company Gannett.
A total of $970,000 (£522,000) is available in 2004 from the Gannett Foundation to spend on projects in Newsquest areas. It is up 8 per cent from last year’s $900,000.
Group editorial manager Margaret Strayton said: “Priority is given to local community organisations for equipment or running costs of projects in the areas of help for homeless people, after-school activities for disadvantaged children, youth organisations and community safety initiatives.
“Like many donors, we receive many more requests than we can fund, but we do help where we can make a lasting difference to people in the communities we serve.”
Groups to benefit last year included the Davis House Centre for homeless people in Wiltshire and Oxford Dyslexia Association.
By Dominic Ponsford