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Community Grants
Charities and Trusts D - J

The Drapers' Company

The Drapers Charitable Fund awards community grants to charities that support disabled adults. Especially individuals with less visible disabilities such as hearing impairment, dyslexia, mental health issues, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Grants are provided for both capital costs (buildings and equipment) and core costs for salaries. They are usually one off payments but may be awarded for a longer period up to a maximum of 3 years.

Applications should be made in writing on the organisation's headed notepaper with financial information appropriate for the request.

Dunhill Medical Trust

The Dunhill Medical Trust provides funding towards projects that support the care of older people, including rehabilitation and palliative care.

It fund time limited projects that focus on the development of care and support services for older people.  Priority is given to projects that enhance existing services.

Grants range from £5,000 to £40,000.

It is also able to help towards funding building and infrastructure developments.

The Edge Fund

The Edge Fund is a member-run fund supporting work that challenges abuses of power and aims to bring an end to the systems that cause injustice.

It has previously provided grants to the Black Triangle Campaign and DPAC (Disabled People against Cuts) in Manchester, Glasgow and Norfolk.

It rarely funds charities as they tend to not have radical aims, being constrained as they are by the charities legislation on politics and campaigning activity.

To apply: complete the online application form.

The Edward Gostling Foundation

The Edward Gostling Foundation (formally the ACT Foundation) provides grants to other registered charities who enhance the quality of life of people in need. 

The charity particularly supports those on a low income who have a physical and/or mental disability or long-term illness. 

It has four priorities:

  • Health and Wellbeing - supporting access to community facilities to maintain, improve and enhance general welfare.
  • Independent Living at Home - helping people to live independently in their own home for as long as possible.
  • Respite - enabling carers to take a break from responsibility of caring for a loved one.
  • Transition - supporting the journey through education and personal development programmes into employment, long term volunteering or other meaningful daytime activity, housing and independent living.

Applications may be made at any time.

The Gannett Foundation

The Gannett Foundation provides funding to registered charities in areas where the Newquest group operates in the UK (there are many locations from Glasgow to Falmouth!).

It supports local projects and organisations that bring a lasting benefit to communities served by it's newspapers. This includes schemes for the disadvantaged, the disabled and youth development.

The Foundation will consider single events and projects of a limited duration.

Awards usually range between £5,000 and £10,000.

It has previously funded a deaf rugby team, an eye gaze tracker for a disability group and a new pony for disabled riders.

To apply: Check local newspaper websites or search Newsquest organisations. 

Garfield Weston Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation is a large charitable grant making foundation that supports a broad range of causes across the UK.  These range from small community projects to large national organisations.

It has previously funded a parent led charity supporting families with children with special educational needs, a musical group for the elderly, a LGBTQ mental health service and a brain injury charity in Northern Ireland.

To apply: Initially find out if your charity is eligible to apply through a quick eligibility quiz and read the application guidelines.

If eligible either apply by setting up an account online or download a postal application form.

Applications may be made at any time.

The Greggs Foundation

The Greggs Foundation (part of the Greggs Bakery) delivers three community grant programmes.

Their North East Core Funding grants and Hardship fund are only open to organisations and individuals in the North East of England. The Breakfast Club is open to applications from the whole of the UK.

  • North East Core Funding- grants up to £60,00 to charitable organisations. North East England only.
  • Hardship Fund - individuals will need to be referred from agency such as social services and is able to provide grants from £50 to £150 for essential items.  Applications assessed weekly.
  • Breakfast Club - aimed at primary schools where 50% of its children receive free school meals.  

Details of the application process are available on their website.

The Hedley Foundation

The Hedley Foundation provides grants to registered charities for one-off projects that benefit young people, the disabled and terminally ill. This includes the provision of specialist equipment and support for carers.

Funding is provided up to a maximum of £5,000.

To apply: download an application form from the website.

The Henry Smith Charity

This is a large grant making charity which provides funding for a number of different types of organisations and charities.

In particular, it provides grants toward Carers projects (including Young Carers) and Disability projects providing rehabilitation, training or advocacy support to people with disabilities.

It runs the following programmes:

  • Improving Lives - for small and medium sized organisation in the UK to help with running costs.
  • Strengthening Communities - Running costs for small community based organisation working in the most deprived areas of the UK.
  • County Grants - Small grants for small organisations working with disadvantaged people and communities in eight English counties (Gloucestershire (inc Bristol and South Gloucestershire), Hampshire (inc Southampton and the Isle of Wight), Kent, Leicestershire, Suffolk, Surrey, East Sussex and West Sussex).
  • Strategic Grants - to support organisation delivering or planning to deliver Housing First services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Christian Projects - to support projects that promote the Christian faith.
  • Kindred - for help and support for individuals descended from the family of the founder, Henry Smith.
  • Holiday grants for children - for organisations, schools and youth groups organising holidays for disabled children under 13 years or holidays for children who live in an area of high deprivation. Funding is usually between £500 and £2,500 and is normally limited to two-thirds of the total cost of the trip.

As each of the programmes has a different application procedure do check the individual guidelines for each of the programmes on the website.

The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust

The Sir Jules Thorn charity supports smaller charities across the UK through it's Ann Rylands Small Donations Programme.

It makes grants to smaller charities core costs up to a maximum of £5,000.  It supports charities that provide practical and emotional help for people with or at high risk of – physical or mental ill health, people living with disability, and their families and carers.

This includes:

  • Older people
  • People with disabilities or living with serious illness
  • People needing palliative and end-of-life care, or
  • People facing challenges with mental health, social exclusion or homelessness

Applicants must be registered charities and have an annual income of under £50,000.

To apply: use the online application form.

See also:

The Forbes Charitable Foundation (for organisations that support individuals with learning difficulties)

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