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Ellie Savage Memorial Trust
The Ellie Savage Memorial Trust was founded to help families living in East Anglia who have a child with cancer or a brain tumour.
It is able to offer financial support quickly to provide essential equipment, physiotherapy, days out or anything that might help the child when housebound such as a computer.
To apply: write to Mrs Alison King, Greensleeves, Nightingale Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 7AX or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Colchester Catalyst supports local organisations and individuals with medical conditions or disabilities in North East Essex.
- General Grants for Organisations - financial assistance for specific projects.
- Special Individual Grants - provision of specialist disability equipment.
- Respite Care - to provide carers with a break from the pressure of caring.
To apply download the specific application form from the website.
The charity also provides other assistance through its wheelchair loan service.
The Dream Factory
The Dream Factory is an Essex charity for children and young people with life threatening and life limiting conditions.
It fulfils the dreams and wishes of both children and young adults by helping fund a special event or gift.
Past dreams have included trips to Euro Disney, a family holiday at Butlins, a trip in a helicopter and a meeting famous football stars.
To apply: download a Dream Request Form or telephone: 020 8501 1234
Ford Britain Trust
Ford, the motor manufacturer operates a trust programme to support the local communities in locations were Ford have their factories.
They offer two types of grant. The Small grant for requests under £250 and Large grants for requests over £250 and under £3,000.
The Ford Britain Trust covers the following areas:
- Bridgend plant - within 20 miles of the plant (including Swansea, Cardiff, Pyle, Rhondda, Pontyprid and Tydfil
- Daventry plant - within 10 miles of the plant and Northampton (including Rugby, Crick and Dunchurch)
- Essex (including East London boroughs, Romford, Ilford and Havening)
- Southampton plant - within 10 miles of the plant and Portsmouth (including Lyndhurst, Romsey, Fareham and Gosport
It is open to registered charities, state schools and other non profit organisations that support the local community and environment that benefit:
- Children and young people
- Education and mainstream schools
- Special Educational Needs
- People with disabilities
To apply use the downloadable application form. Applications for the Small grants are considered 4 times a year and applications for the Large grants are considered twice a year.
Lenderhand supports families and individuals in Essex by paying for goods and services that they are unable to afford.
It is able to help at challenging and difficult times by paying for goods and services up to the value of £1,000.
This might include buying a sofa, bed, washing machine or cooker.
To apply: complete the online application and tell your story in less than 1,000 words or download an application form.
Applicants must have an income of less than £250 a week and live in Essex.
Wipe Away Those Tears
Wipe Away Those Tears supports local children in Essex with special needs.
The charity helps parents purchase any special resources. In the past year they have funded a touch screen laptop, bubble tube, specialised bed, wheelchair, trike and a left handed guitar.
To apply for a grant either:
E-mail: email@example.com or
Write to: Wipe Away Those Tears, c/o Future Office, Solutions Ltd, Unit G The Business Centre, Faringdon Avenue, Romford, Essex,RM3 8EN
providing background information to your request.
Lincolnshire Community Foundation
The Lincolnshire Community Foundation administers a number of trusts and funds.
Colin Bates Family Trust
The Trust supports families suffering from hardship to improve the quality of life for their children.
Grants of up to £500 are awarded to help young people with travel, competition fees and kit or disabled children who are unable to take part in mainsteam activities.
To apply: download an application form.
Health and Wellbeing Fund
The Fund provides grants to community groups and individuals in the areas of Horncastle and the East Lindsey District.
It is able to fund health care, disability groups and support for the elderly.
Groups are able to apply for up to £2,000 and individuals can apply for up to £500.
To apply: download an application form and guidance notes.
The Trust make grants to community groups, schools and further education providers in the areas of Gainsborough, Corringham, Blyton, Springthorpe and Lea.
It is able to fund projects that encourage educational or cultural activities or assist people to be involved in local community activities.
It also helps individuals that want to get back into work, training or education through the funding of uniforms, course material or equipment.
Grants to groups are up to a maximum of £2,000 and grants to individuals are up to a maximum of £250.
To apply: download an application from and further guidance.
Make a Start (MAST)
Small grants of up to £250 to help individuals into work, training and education.
Applicants must be over 16 years, on benefits and living in Lincolnshire.
To apply: download an application form and further guidance.
Computers 4 Carers
4 Carers is a small charity run by Chill 4 Us Carers that provides free
computers to family carers who do not have a computer and cannot afford
to buy one.
The scheme aims to connect carers who become isolated
with their caring responsibilities. It is open to carers who receive
means-tested benefits such as Income Support or Pension credit.
They must also have had a Carers Assessment within the past year.
Carers who would like to put their name down for a computer should e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the scheme to work it is reliant on the goodwill of companies and individuals to donate computers and laptops.
Learning Grants for Carers
Norfolk County Council are offering learning grants to carers over 16 years who have provided unpaid help and support for a disabled, ill or frail friend, relative or child for over a year.
The grant is worth £150 and may be used to fund or part fund learning course fees at a local college, adult education learning centre or for distance learning.
To apply for a grant contact Age UK Norfolk, 300 St Faiths Road, Old Catton, Norwich, NR6 7BJ or telephone: 01603 787111
Norfolk Community Foundation
Norfolk Community Foundation manages a number of trusts and charities to benefit the community in Norfolk.
Past beneficiaries of grants include a group for autistic children for staff training in challenging behaviour and funding for a reminiscence group to help sufferers of Dementia, trauma or other memory loss.
The Grants Team (Tel: 01603 623958) will be able to help you select appropriate funds.
To apply complete the on-line application form to register your interest.
Ann Beaumont's Educational Foundation
The Foundation makes educational grants to students under the age of 25 years and educational charities in the area of Hadleigh in Suffolk.
It is able to provide financial assistance to help pay for course books, equipment and travel to school, college or university.
To apply: contact Mrs Rose Welham, 55 Castle Road, Ipswich, IP7 6JP Email: email@example.com
Suffolk Community Foundation
The Suffolk Community Foundation awards grants to local charities, voluntary and community groups who help relieve disadvantage and deprivation across Suffolk.
There are a number of funds but the Suffolk Disability Care Fund provides grants up to £1,000 for children and adults with long term disability or illness, carers and people with mental health difficulties.
The Disability Care Fund is available to help pay for daily -living equipment not supplied by statutory sources. This might include wheelchairs, specialised buggies, and specialised trikes.
Applications should be made by a professional such as social worker or health vistors on behalf of the disabled person. An application form may be downloaded from the website or contact the Foundation. Telephone: 01473 602602 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Foundation welcomes the opportunity to discuss applications as if the application does not meet their criteria they may be able to recommend alternative funding.