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Eligibility for a Grant

There are two criteria to fulfil before applying for a grant. Please ensure you read these carefully before making an application. Please also ensure you read our Key Points.

1. The Foundation only supports charities registered in England and Wales unless the organisation has ‘accepted’ status, i.e. churches, schools, scout and guide groups, or 'exempt' status, e.g. housing associations, friendly societies including social housing providers, Co-operative Societies, Community Benefit Societies and Registered Societies (previously known as industrial & provident societies).

Otherwise you are not eligible to apply to us. This exclusion includes Parish Councils, Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) and Community Interest Companies (CIC). The Foundation does not support charities or projects in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

If your charity’s income is below £5,000 and is not registered with the Charity Commission you must tell us the charity’s Gift Aid number as supplied by HMRC.

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2. We offer one-off grants for capital projects, i.e. new buildings, major refurbishments, transport and equipment. Rented premises are expected to have a lease of at least 10 years. Applications for transport should be for new, not used, vehicles. Applications for equipment should be for single, high cost (£5,000 and over), durable items (for exclusions, see below).

Where grants are made, the projects are expected to be self-financing thereafter.

We do not fund running/revenue costs, e.g. salaries, training costs, rent and utilities, software licences. We rarely fund reasonably priced, non-durable equipment subject to wear and tear, such as appliances, camping gear, cutlery/crockery, furniture, mobility aids, musical instruments, tablets/laptops and clothing/uniforms. We also do not fund feasibility studies, building surveys or planning applications.

If you are in doubt whether your capital project is eligible, please call us before submitting an application. Applicants may suggest a preference for a grant amount (never less than £1,000), but this has no influence on the amount awarded.

Our grants are divided into the following categories. Please click on the link for more information as to whether your project qualifies:

Community

Trustees have two main themes under this category to help create cohesive and positive communities.

First, Trustees are strong believers that every community needs a focus upon which to build cohesion. They are therefore advocates of the ‘village hall’, particularly in isolated rural areas where facilities are often very limited. They support church halls, churches and other religious buildings, but only where there is strong evidence that a high proportion of secular activities (i.e. no connection at all with religion or spirituality) accessible to the whole community take place. Conservation and heritage projects for halls/churches are not generally supported.

Second, Trustees wish to assist young people attain their full potential and take their place within society as responsible citizens. To this end, they support youth activity centres, uniformed youth groups, and youth and sports clubs. They also help those who are young ex-offenders, ‘at risk’ or in danger of exclusion.

Types of application considered:

  • New build, refurbishment and improvement of village halls, Scout/Guide huts, youth clubs, community centres and similar. This often includes access for the disabled, modernising kitchens, new storage space and updating toilets in line with Health and Safety regulations and the Disability Discrimination Act.
    For any building, the length of remaining lease is taken into account: 10 years is the usual minimum term.

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Education

Trustees focus on Special Schools assisting those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The Foundation also supports educational nature and farm visitor centres. Mainstream schools and universities should not apply.

Types of application considered:

  • Building projects
  • Specialist new transport

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Health

The Foundation supports building projects for residential care housing, treatment centres and the provision of major equipment (not consumables) to enhance medical treatment and care.

Types of application considered:

  • Improvements to hospices and treatment clinics
  • Residential care for the elderly and those with special needs
  • New major equipment not available through the NHS
  • Research medical equipment
  • Specialist new transport

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Social Welfare

Applications for capital projects are considered by trustees ranging from residential housing for the homeless to ‘day centres’ providing support, training and education facilities.

Trustees also support the welfare needs of those who have served in the Armed Forces, the emergency services and their families, particularly those with physical and mental health issues.

Types of application considered:

  • New build and refurbishment of residential and rehabilitation centres; premises for the relief of homelessness, those suffering from substance abuse and young people ‘at risk’; emergency centres which do not qualify for statutory funding.
  • ‘Move on’ support facilities
  • Day care / Drop-in-centres

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