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Community Grants
Charities and Trusts A - C

The Allen Lane Foundation

The Foundation funds small community groups and voluntary organisations working with specific beneficiary groups including the elderly, and people experiencing mental health difficulties. 

However, it does not fund organisations specifically working with physical disability or learning disability.

It is open to groups throughout the UK except where the beneficiaries of the work all live in London. The maximum grant is £15,000, either as a single grant, or over two or three years.

Examples of previous funding activities include advocacy, self help groups, arts activities and befriending.

Visit the Foundation's website to check the criteria and find information about how to apply for funding.

The Archer Trust

The Archer Trust provides funding for small UK charities who support needy or deserving people including those with physical or mental disabilities and the disadvantaged.

Grants vary from £250 to £3,000. They prioritise organisations working in areas of high unemployment/deprivation and favour charities who make good use of volunteers.

Apply in wrting to The Secretary, The Archer Trust, Bourne House, Wadesmill, Ware, Herts, SG12 0TT.

Trustees only meet twice a year (normally in March and September) so replies may take some time. They do not reply to unsuccessful applications.

Asda Foundation

The Asda Foundation offers community grants to help transform communities and the lives of people in the UK.

It has 4 funding programmes:

  • Significant Local Community Projects - supports charities/not-for-profit organisations who support the wider community by tackling an underlying problem in the local community
  • Top Up Funding Grants - provides funding for smaller local projects
  • Chosen by You Given by Us - for good causes nominated by customers
  • Colleague Hardship Fund - a fund to support current, retired or past employees (colleagues) who find themselves at risk of financial hardship

To apply for funding contact your local store or depot.

The Foundation has previously funded a respite centre in Northern Ireland and a local health centre in Scotland for individuals with long term health conditions.

Axis Foundation

The Axis Foundation supports charitable and community based projects in it's operating area mainly London, the South East and the West Midlands.

Supported projects must make a positive difference to improve the lives of the underprivileged,  the vulnerable and the disabled to help them reach their full potential.

The organisation has previously funded equipment to enhance patient comfort, a riding therapy programme and the Demelza Children's Hospice.

Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation supports a wide range of community charities and organisations that include children, the elderly, health and social welfare.

The Foundation has previously provided funding for the Drake Music Project (for disabled people), National Blind Children's Society and the Homes for Heroes Charitable Foundation.

Applications are to be made by letter including details of funding required, money raised and substainability of the project.

Boshier-Hinton Foundation

The Boshier-Hinton Foundation supports registered charities registered charities working on behalf of children or adults with special needs or other needs.

To apply: download an application form from the website.

Champneys Charitable Foundation

The Champneys Charitable Foundation provides funding for other charitable bodies and individuals across the UK.

It's main focus for grant funding is the sick, disabled, disadvantaged adults and children.

In the past the Foundation has helped in the purchase of specialist disability equipment such as wheelchairs, play and sensory equipment, computers and car seats.

Applications should be made to the Charity Administrator, Bev Strong.

Telephone: 01462 810712


Childwick Trust

The Childwick Trust awards funds to charities who provide support to those who are terminally ill, or have a serious illness, the elderly, adults and children who have mental health problems or a learning disability.

Funding is only available to charities whose work benefits people living in the south & south east of England.  Grants usually range between £5,000 and £20,000 for projects.

The Trust also provides funds to charities which support the Jewish faith and the care of Jewish people in need.

To apply: complete the online questionnaire.

The CLA Charitable Trust

The CLA Charitable Trust supports projects that promote and provide facilities for the disadvantaged and disabled to access the countryside.

It prefers to help small projects and organisations by funding specific capital purchases or identifiable parts of projects.

Previous awards have been made to a Riding for the Disabled group and special schools for residential weeks on working farms.  They may also be willing to fund equipment for countryside pursuits.

The Trust does not provide core funding or applications for sensory gardens.

Applications should be made in writing providing details of your organisation, the proposed project and costings.

The Concertina Charitable Trust

Concertina provides grants to other charities in England and Wales that provide musical entertainment and related activities to the elderly.

It supports smaller organisations that might have difficulties in finding funding. 

Grants are awarded up to a maximum of £250.

The Trust has previously funded singing groups, concerts, music for reminiscence groups and music therapy.

To apply: download an application form from the website.  Accounts and financial statements will be required.

Co-Operative Local Community Fund

The Co-Operative Local Community Fund gives a 5% reward to shoppers on their purchases of Co-op own-brand products and services, together with an additional 1% given to local causes of their choice. 

A share of the plastic bag charge is also contributed to the fund.

It is now open to applications from small locally based voluntary and community groups to support projects that help local communities.

Grants have been up to £2,500 in the past.

To apply: complete the online application form.

See also:

British Legion - External Grants  (funding for charities/projects to help UK veterans)

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