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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

Secure Communities Scheme

The Secure Communities Scheme is a new community fund from Burg-Wacher.   It will be launched across East Anglia from September 2019. 

The scheme will be open to projects that are organised by and support the local community. 

This could include maintenance or refurbishment projects relating to property or open spaces.  For example allotments, common areas, village halls, sports fields or activity centres.  Community events and activities are also eligible.

A fund of £1000 a month is available and awards will be made based on the potential for positive local impact. Priority will be given to applications of £500.

In addition, successful applicants also benefit from security advice in relation to their project or activity including up to £150 worth of free product.

For more information contact or telephone: 0207 689 5155.


Colchester Catalyst

Colchester Catalyst supports local organisations and individuals with medical conditions or disabilities in North East Essex.

It provides:

  • 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

Essex Community Foundation

The Essex Community Foundation (ECF) awards grants to charitable, voluntary or community groups working to benefit the people in Essex, Southend or Thurrock.

To apply for the majority of funds all you need to do is complete a general application form and the Foundation will find the right fund for you. Some funds have their own application forms.

The Foundation will provide grants to for core funding of local groups and some funds may provide grants for three years.

A small number of the funds that Foundation manage provide grants towards educational and sporting opportunities for children and young people where finance is the barrier to them achieving their full potential.

To apply for a grant for yourself, or your child, please contact the ECF grants team on 01245 356018 or by e-mailing to receive an application form.

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: 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.

See Also:

Food Lifeline (Jewish community in London and Essex for Kosher food support)


Harpenden Trust

The Harpenden Trust offers support to individuals, families and young people in need and financial support for community projects in Harpenden.

It's Care Fund is able to provide funding for those struggling to pay utility bills, food and uniform vouchers, new and recycled furniture and white goods.

It also organises an annual outing for families with young children.

Further support is also available to the elderly with outings, Christmas food parcels and coffee mornings.

For support telephone: 01582 460457 or email:

The Community Fund offers financial support to local community projects.

The Hertfordshire Community Foundation

The Hertfordshire Community Foundation manages charitable funds to support local charities, community and voluntary groups in Hertfordshire.

It has three funds open to individuals:

  • Hertfordshire Children's Fund - offers grants up to £500 for families in crisis to cover the cost of essential household items such as beds, bedding and white goods.  Applications must be made by a support worker.
  • Bowley Fund - offers grants up to £500 to disadvantaged families living in the Hertfordshire districts of Watford and Three Rivers for essential white goods and children's furniture. Currently closed until April 2023.
  • St Albans Care Leavers Fund - offers grants up to £500 to individuals aged 16 to 25 years who have previously been in care in St Albans.  Funding is provided for anything to improve the quality of the young person's life include household items, equipment for educations, funding for driving lessons and gym membership.  To apply: use the online form on the website.


Lincoln City FC Sport and Education Trust

Lincoln City Football Club's Sport and Education Trust have two adapted caravans at the Butlin's resort in Skegness to rent out to families with disabled children (up to 18 years).

Caravan one has wheelchair access with an accessible shower room with overhead hoist and showering table.  It sleeps 5 people. 

The second caravan is located in a quiet area of the caravan site and is suitable for children with Autism or challenging behaviour.  It sleeps up to 7 poeple.

The rental cost of the caravans has been heavily subsidised by Lincolnshire County Council and is available to hire for £250 a week. A £50 deposit is required to secure booking.

The holidays are only available to families living in Lincolnshire.

To book either telephone: 01522 563792 or email:

Lincolnshire Community Foundation

The Lincolnshire Community Foundation administers a number of trusts and funds.  

They include:

Colin Batts 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.

Thonock Trust

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

Computers 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:

For the scheme to work it is reliant on the goodwill of companies and individuals to donate computers and laptops.

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.

It manages the Norfolk Millenium Trust for Carers to offer unpaid carers grants towards short breaks, recreational items, hobbies and leisure activities.

Applicants must live in Norfolk and will consider young carers aged 7 years+

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:

The Rope Trust

The Rope Trust provides grants to individuals and institutions in the area of Ipswich and south east Suffolk.

All applications must be referred by front line advice and social care agencies.

For individuals grants it is able to support families, individuals and couples.  It is able to fund household items such as beds, clothing, carpets and furniture as well as cookers, fridges and washing machines.

To apply: All support workers will need to register their organisation before making an online application.

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: 

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.

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