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with Learning Difficulties

The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund

The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund provides funding to registered charities working with children or adults with severe learning difficulties and Autism.

It's General Grants programme considers applications for capital and revenue costs for specific projects and general running/core funding. The charity normally only funds one-off grants (from £250 upwards) but new projects may be funded for two or three years.

Work that falls within the Fund's policy includes:

  • Capital building for residential, nursing, respite care and schools
  • Employment schemes
  • Play schemes/therapy
  • Day and social activities
  • Support for families and community schemes
  • Independent living schemes
  • Swimming and hydro-therapy pools
  • Snoezelen rooms

To apply for the General Grants: complete the online form.  Application deadlines in any year are:

  • 1st February
  • 1st August

The Small Grants programme offers grants up to a maximum of £5,000. Applications for these grants are usually considered on a monthly basis.


Follow your Dreams

Follow your Dreams helps young people with Learning Difficulties reach their full potential.

Friends, families, teachers or anyone else supporting can nominate a young person with learning difficulties who wants to explore or develop their potential through sport, music, art, drama or ICT.

To have their dream come true complete the on-line Nomination form.


Forbes Charitable Foundation

The Forbes Charitable Foundation supports adults with learning difficulties.

It mainly supports small and medium sized organisations for capital expenditure and some revenue expenditure.  Grants are usually under £5,000.

Applications for capital expenditure might include:

  • New buildings
  • Refurbishment of buildings
  • Plant, machinery or other equipment
  • Vehicles for the transport of learning disabled adults
  • Furniture and fittings
  • IT equipment

Revenue grants are limited to holidays for learning disabled adults and the costs of training towards employment.

Applications are only accepted from 1st January to 31st March and should be made to the Secretary of the Trustees.

An application and guidance notes for applications can be downloaded from the website.


See also:

The Action Group (holidays, Scotland only)

Happy Days Charity (holidays)

Yellow Submarine (supported holidays)

Learning Disability Resources

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