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Deadline approaches for grant applications to Advertiser's Louis Baylis Trust

Applications for the next round of grants from the Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust must be made by Friday, November 18.

The trust owns Advertiser publisher Baylis Media Ltd and receives at least 80 per cent of the company’s operating profits every year.

It in turn uses these to help fund good causes, charities, community groups and events in Maidenhead and the surrounding area.

The last round of grants in the summer saw £137,350 shared between nearly 80 projects and organisations.

Beneficiaries included sports groups, community events and organisations supporting children and adults with a variety of medical conditions.

In 2015 the trust poured £343,125 into the community, including a grant of £100,000 to the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice appeal.

The trustees meet twice a year to discuss grant applications.

Only organisations should apply as the trust does not give out grants directly to individuals.

The funding of the trust by the newspaper is unique in the world of the local press. Ownership of the company was transferred to the trust more than 50 years ago in 1962 by proprietor Louis Baylis.

Since then the trust has poured millions of pounds into our community, allowing hundreds of organisations and charities to improve the lives of many thousands of people.

Every time you buy a copy of the Advertiser, not only are you getting all the latest news, you are also helping to fund good causes in our community.

And if you have a business that advertises with us you are helping to make a huge positive difference in the place you do business.

Trust chairman Peter Sands said: “We welcome applications from organisations and local charities. We recommend people visit our website and fill out the application form.

“It’s quite straightforward and we welcome new applications from people we haven’t supported before as well as the regular applicants.”

Visit www.whytheadvertiserisspecial.co.uk for links to the application form.

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