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East Midlands

The Star Trust

The Star Trust supported by business owners and entrepreneurs helps small local charities in the East Midlands that are often staffed by volunteers.

There is no set criteria for applications but they have previously funded the Parent Association for Seriously ill Children, Leicestershire Conductive Education Centre, Children's Bereavement Centre and the Wenlo Disabled Riding Group.

An application can be downloaded from the website.  Financial details are required.

SF Fund

The SF Fund provides financial support for disabled individuals of all ages for both equipment and services that make a significant difference to their lives.

They are able to fund items such as trikes, powered wheelchairs, AAC communicators, computers, adjustable beds and mobility scooters.

Applications may be submitted either by the individual (with a supporting letter from a professional) or from an organisation on their behalf.

To apply: complete the on-line enquiry Form.

The fund operates in the East and West Midlands.


Clubs for All

Chesterfield Borough Council have introduced a new grant programme "Clubs for All" to increase sports participation.

It is able to offer grants of £1000 to not for profit sport clubs or groups to develop new or existing activities. They may be used to fund items such specialist equipment, coaching costs, promotional costs or venue hire.

Eight grants of £1,000 are available of which four grants of £1,000 have been reserved for disability sport.

For more information and an application form contact the Sports Development Officer, Scott Webster at Chesterfield Borough Council, Telephone: 01246 345569 or email:


The NVDA manages a small grant programme to support health related voluntary groups.

It helps a broad range of groups and may include supporting a disabled child at playgroup, mental health and self support groups.

Grants are awarded up to £1,000 with an average of £600. Priority is given to small groups with limited funding, new groups or groups who have not received funding in the past.

To apply: Download an application form. New groups will need to complete additional information.

Tiny Tim Trust

The Tiny Tim Trust supports children (0-19 years) with special needs living in Derbyshire.

It is able to help with funding towards a wide range of equipment and aids including buggies and car seats, outdoor, sensory toys and IT equipment.

The charity has also funded washing machines and bedding in the past.

Grants are usually up to a maximum of £500.

Application forms can be downloaded from the website. Written support must be provided by an appropriate professional.


Charity Link

Charity Link helps individuals and families across Leicestershire, Rutland and Northampton with essential items and financial hardship.

It provides essential items such as clothing (including school uniforms), beds, white goods, mobility equipment and emergency food and utilities.

Applicants are normally referred by professionals working with people in financial need or crisis.  However, Charity Link is approachable direct 0116 222 2200 or write direct to:  Charity Link, 20a Millstone Lane, Leicester, LE 5JN.


Northamptonshire Community Foundation

The Northamptonshire Community Foundation is an independent grant giving organisation which aims to improve the quality of life for the people of Northamptonshire.

It has four grant programmes:

  • General Funding Programme - awards funding of approximately £250 to £2,500 to new or on-going small projects managed by voluntary community and self help groups.

  • WNDC Stronger Communities Fund - awards funding of approximately £5,000 to £10,000 (sometimes more) for capital funding towards projects which have cultural or sporting benefits. This fund is currently closed to April 2011.
  • Northamptonshire High Sherrif's Initiative Fund - Provides grants of approximately £250 to £2,500 towards projects for either existing or new groups which support young people aged from 5-19 years. This includes work which involves excluded young people in their community.
  • Northamptonshire Champions - Awards of approx. £150 to £400 to encourage sporting stars. It is open to athletes competing in sports recognised by Sport England (including disability sports). For athletes with a disability the grant could be used to fund an assistant or carer to enable them to train or compete in their sport.

Further details and an application form can be found on the website.

See also:

Ford Britain Trust

The Midcounties Co-operative Community Fund

Charity Link (under Leicestershire)


Boots Charitable Trust

The Boots Charitable Trust is funded by Boots, the UK's leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer.

It funds registered charities and organisations with an income or expenditure over £5,000 that benefit people living in Nottinghamshire.

The Trust's priorities for funding are:

  • Health - including support for sufferers of medical conditions and disabled people
  • Life long learning - to help people of any age reach their full educational potential
  • Community development - to support organisations responding to problems and other needs of the community
  • Social care - to overcome social deprivation, promote social engagement and crime preventative schemes

Further guidelines and an application form can be downloaded from the website.

Kynan Eldridge Fund

The Kynan Eldridge Fund provides one off grants to young people (under 30 years) who are using music, both modern and classical to help them overcome personal challenges and to achieve their full potential.

It is open to individuals and groups supporting musical activity.

Funding can be provided for:

  • New equipment eg: therapy or hospital radio costs
  • Groups and individuals using music to benefit others
  • Individuals who are primarily (but not exclusively) in the Mansfield/Hucknall areas

Priority is given to groups and individuals who are unable to to be funded through other funds.

Grants are usually in the region of £250.

To apply: download an application form or email

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