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South West - General

Quartet Community Foundation

The Quartet Community Foundation serves the areas of Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and a 25 mile radius from Cribbs Causeway.

It manages over 150 local funds that support a diverse range of activities and causes including the disabled and carers. Priority is given to small local charities and groups whose work benefits people in the south west.

The Foundation has previously funded holidays for individuals with learning difficulties, plants for a sensory garden, day trips for young carers and running costs for a elderly support group.

To apply: select your area to identify which schemes are relevant to your local area. Then check each fund's criteria to check application process and funding deadlines.

Childrens Chance

Childrens chance provides support for children living in a 30 mile radius of Salisbury Cathedral (this includes parts of Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset).

It is able to help with funding towards recreational, cultural and educational activities for children and young people from disadvantaged households.

All applications must be supported by a third party such as a Headteacher, ordained minister, social worker, health visitor or GP.  Details of welfare benefits may be required.

The charity also makes an annual award "The Bobbie Chettleburgh" Grant of £1,000 to a young person aged 16-18 years living in Salisbury (SP1 and SP2 postcodes only) or go to school in Salisbury.

The grant is to enable the young person to undertake an educational, cultural of recreational project.  This might include a good cause, gap year or development work.

In addition, the charity also administer "Hugo's Fund" a £1,000 annual award for 16-18 year olds living or going to school in Pewsey, Devizes, and Marlborough areas.

Applications for all funding should be made using the Childrens Chance application form which can be downloaded from their website.

The Elmgrant Trust

The Elmgrant Trust provides grants to both individuals and organisations in the South West (Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset).

It supports projects that improve the quality of local life and welfare, art projects and individuals who are trying to improve their life chances through education.

Grants for individuals are usually in the region of £150.  It has previously funded books and equipment.

Applications are to made by letter to the charity's Secretary.

Foundation of St Mathias Trust

The trust provides grants for individuals in the UK to advancement of education and in particular education in line with the doctrines of the Church of England.

It prioritises applications from the Dioceses of Bath and Wells, Bristol and Gloucester.

Funding may be provided towards individuals training in social work youth work or teaching and those who wish to become Church of England ministers.

Applicants do not have to be members of the Church of England.

To apply: download an application form from the website.  Two references will be required.

Applications are considered twice a year with application deadlines of the 31st May and 30th September.


Bristol Charities

Bristol Charities provides opportunities and support to improve lives through grants, housing and charitable projects.

It provides Almshouse accommodation for older people over 60 years who have entitlement to Housing Benefit or of limited financial means.  Applicants must have a local connection to Bristol or Monmouthshire.

It offers grants for individuals in need, hardship or distress or people with ill health, convalescent or disability.

Grants funding:

  • White and electrical goods up to a maximum of £360
  • Washer/dryer only up to £400
  • Flooring up to a maximum of £400
  • Furniture up to a maximum of £450

The funding for furniture includes beds, sofa, table, chairs, and kitchen utensils.

Applicants must live within a 10 mile radius of central Bristol and be on low income.  Only one item is funded per household and funding is restricted if you have received funding in the last 3 years.

To apply: applications must be made by a suitable professional who can validate financial situation and need.  The sponsor must register to make grant applications.

Bristol Charities offers funding to carers for short respite breaks and other activities.

It also has an Educational Fund for young people under 25 years and on low income.  Applicants must live within a 10 mile radius of the centre of Bristol.  It is able to help with school trips, instruments, books, travel and other items.

The charity also operate the Vassall Centre as an accessible space and support for disability charities bases at the centre.  This was purchased in 2021 and is still evolving as a centre.

Cerebral Palsy Plus

A grant scheme for adults and children with Cerebral Palsy living in Bristol and the surrounding area (open to anyone with a BS postcode).

The grant criteria is really broad - you just have to have Cerebral Palsy, a BS postcode and be asking for something that health or social care don't have a statutory duty to provide.

The application forms are short and easy to complete. A recommendation from a health professional will be required.

The forms can be downloaded from the website. All grant applications are reviewed within 2 -3 months.

The Dolphin Society

The Dolphin Society helps older and disabled people on low incomes in the Bristol area and adjoining areas to live independently and safely in their own homes.

It provides funding to WE Care and Repair for minor adaptations to homes.  This might include a walk in shower or ramp. It has also funded emergency repairs to heating systems.

Contact We Care Home Improvements on 0117 9542222 or

The Dolphin Society also offers support to clients to explore housing options.


Cornwall Community Foundation

The Cornwall Community Foundation helps community in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

It offers grants to individuals and community groups.

For individuals it mainly supports:

  • Young carers
  • Young people who are disadvantaged
  • Young people who are struggling with mental health
  • People who are struggling to keep warm
  • People in crisis

Grants range from £200 to £1,000.  Applications are made through a Grants Portal as there are a number of different funds.

For groups and community organisations grants range from £1,000 to £5,000.

Rotary Club of Penzance Trust Fund

The Rotary Club of Penzance supports a number of causes in their local area.

It's Trust fund supports children and young people, the elderly and the disabled.  It awards grants to both individuals and organisations.

For more information contact: Mr. E. Rockey, Greenaches, 4 Higher Lidden Road, Penzance, TR18 4NZ.

United Charities of Liskeard

Small charities providing support to individuals in need, hardship or distress living in Liskeard.

It is able to make grants to both individuals and charities.

To apply contact: Clerk to the Trustees, 12 Trecarne View, St Cleer, Liskeard, PL14 5BS

Telephone 07989 320193



Devon Community Foundation

The Devon Community Foundation administers multiple grant schemes for the local community.

There are five funding streams:

  • Community Grants - for small, local and grassroots organisations in Devon.
  • Batsworthy Cross Wind Farm Community Fund
  • Devonian Grants
  • Neurodevelopment through Movement Grants - movement lessons for children and adults with special needs.
  • Food, Fuel and More Grants for vlunerable individuals and familes.

The Devonian Grants supports individuals in Devon to support individuals with their mobility.  It offers funding up to £1,000 towards the cost of mobility equipment. 

Grants are available throughout the year.  Applications must be made by a health professional such as an Occupational Therapist.

The Neurodevelopment grant scheme is temporarily closed.

The small grant scheme for the Food, Fuel and More is open until  1st February 2024.  Grants of between £1,000 - £2,000 are available to small, formal and informal community groups targeted at those severely impacted by the cost of living crisis.

Devon In Sight

Devon In Sight provides support to the visually Impaired living in Devon.

It offers practical help through information, advice and guidance.  It's community support team will help identify services, support and training to help maintain independence and wellbeing.

Devon In Sight is able to undertake a lighting and magnification assessment and supply equipment such as magnifiers.


Amelia's Rainbow

Amelia's Rainbow provides non means tested grants to children in Dorset living with life-limiting, serious chronic and terminal illness.

It is able to consider funding for days out  games or toys, social activities such as swimming or dancing lessons or other suitable requests.

Amelia’s Rainbow is able to provide access to a fully kitted-out beach hut for the benefit of sick children and their families from across Dorset. The beach hut is located in Southbourne, Bournemouth.

The charity also have a holiday home, Amelia's Retreat in New Milton, Hampshire.  For more information and availability...


Dorset Community Chest

The Dorset Community Chest set up by the brewers Hall and Woodhouse provides help for local communities in around Dorset.

Voluntary and community groups with a local focus to benefit local residents can apply for grants ranging from £300 to £3,000.

This could include funding for:

  • Equipment and Furniture
  • Training
  • Transport
  • Professional assistance
  • Specific project resources

They have previously funded disability and carers groups, Riding for the Disabled and the Bournemouth and Wessex Talking Newspaper.

They also run a similar fund for West Sussex.

Dorset Community Foundation

The Dorset Community Foundation is responsible for a number of funds:

  • Dorset County Council Fund - provides grants up to £10,000 to fund new or distinct projects that deliver stronger services and support for local communities. 
  • Comic Relief - this is open to resident associations, community groups, social enterprises, community interest companies and credit unions for funding to empower local people to make a lasting change in their community. Grants vary from £1,000 to £10,000.
  • Dorset Education Trust - an endowment fund to support children and young people with their education, training or personal development. The Dorset Bursary Scheme - for individuals aged 16 to 21 years in training, apprenticeships or further education.  
  • The Meggitt Fund -  Grants up to £250 to local community groups.  
  • People's Health Trust - Grants from £5,000 to £25,000 for innovative projects that increase social connections and build networks.

Each fund will have it's own criteria, opening and closing dates for applications. To keep up to date with funding opportunities you can sign up to receive a "Grant Alert" email.

Sarah Kinsley Fund

The Sarah Kinsley Fund supports children and young people under 19 years living in the areas of Fordingbridge, Ringwood, Downton and Cranborne.

It is able to assist with the provision of specialist equipment and services not available from statutory sources.

This might include a specialist buggy, computer or therapy equipment.

It is also able to support the family with driving lessons to help the parent attend hospital appointments.

Applications are made by referral from a professional who understands the child's needs.  A referral form may be downloaded from the website.



The Barnwood Trust

The Barnwood Trust supports Gloucestershire residents with complex physical and learning disabilities, including dementia.

Grants are awarded to both individuals and organisations in Gloucestershire.

    Individuals - Available to Gloucestershire residents with a long term disability/low income.  There are two funds: The Wellbeing Fund and The Opportunities Award.

    Organisations - Open to Gloucestershire-based charitable and voluntary organisations who seek to improve the quality of life for local people with long term disabilities. This may include local play schemes, social and recreational activities and building work.

    Small Sparks - Grants to help small groups get together to do things they enjoy.  At least one of the group must have a disability or an older person.

Application forms may be downloaded from The Barnwood Trust website.

Gloucestershire Disability Fund

The Gloucestershire Disability Fund provides grants to individuals with a physical, sensory or learning disability and to Gloucestershire disability groups.

It provides funding in three categories:

  • Well-being grants for Gloucestershire residents of any age with a physical, sensory or learning disability who are in receipt of DLA or PIP.  These are designed for special or exceptional needs.
  • Organisation and Group grants provide financial help to groups whose aim is to improve the lives of Gloucestershire people with physical, sensory or learning disabilities.
  • Your Future Fund - open to Gloucestershire residents over 18 years with a physical, sensory of learning disability and in receipt of DLA/PIP.  This is designed to improve life chances and opportunities.

To apply: download the relevant application form.

Mayfield Home Trust Limited

The Mayfield Home Trust supports individuals with learning difficulties or families with a member with learning difficulties living in Gloucestershire.

The trust will award funding for items which will improve the individuals quality of life, personal development or hobbies and interests.

To apply: download an application form.

Rotary in Gloucester Community Award

Rotary in Gloucester Community Awards are organised by the four Rotary Clubs in the city – Gloucester, Rotary@Kingsholm, Gloucester Severn, and Gloucester Quays.

It's aim is to support organisations within Gloucester city with a small grant which ‘will make a real difference’. 

Priority will be given to projects from small groups/organisations that:

  • Offer value for money by involving a good number of beneficiaries and/or
  • Work with vulnerable or disadvantaged children or adults and/or
  • Work in a deprived Gloucester community

Applications can be accepted from registered charities, voluntary organisations and community groups whose work benefits local residents or communities in Gloucester City.

The organisation does not necessarily have to be office based in the City.

The maximum award is £500.  No application will be considered too small.  Applications for salaries will not be considered.

The next deadline for applications is 5.00pm, 27 April 2017.

Further information and an application form can downloaded from the Gloucester Alliance website.

Stroud District

Eastington Endowment Trust

The Eastington Endowment Trust provides grants for children to support their general education.

The child, or the parents of the child must have attended Eastington Primary either in the past or present. They must also live within the parish of Eastington.

Written applications should be made direct to the Trust c/o The Treasurer, Mr Bob Faraway, 6 Alkerton Road, Eastington, GL10 3BJ.

Kingscourt Educational Trust

The trust provides small awards for the educational needs of people living in the parish of Rodborough or attending Rodborough Tabernacle or St. Mary's Magdalene's Church.

To apply contact the Secretary: Jenny Wills, Rosemount, Queens Road, GL5 3SN  Tel 01453 763984 Email:

Rodborough Consolidated Charity

The charitiy provides grants to individual young people for education and sporting activities. Grants are usually £50-£100.

Apply to: Mrs Mavis Buxton, 16 Heather Close, Rodborough, Stroud, Glos GL5 3QY

Stroud and Rodborough Educational Trust

Grants are first made to Archway, Marling and High Schools. The remainder is available for individuals living in the old Stroud Urban District Council area, who are under 25 years old for educational purposes.

Further information and an application form can be obtained from the Clerk to the Trustees, Mrs Shani Baker on 01453 860379.

Stroud United Charities

Funding is available for individuals living in the old Stroud Urban District Council area (not the modern Stroud District Council area).

Applications may be made direct by the individual or by a professional on their behalf.

To apply for grants, please contact : The Clerk to the Trustees, Mr A Johnson, Bodenham, Bussage, Stroud GL6 8BB

Stroud District Council

Stroud District Council provides funding for local charities, voluntary groups and individuals.


Combe Down Holiday Trust

The Combe Down Holiday Trust is a small charity providing holidays, short breaks, or days out for disabled people and/or their carers and families living in the Bath & North East Somerset area.

It is able to help those with permanent disabilities or disabled through illness.

To apply: email

South Somerset District Council

South Somerset District Council provides Community grants to support local voluntary and charitable organisations and other groups that benefit the community.

It also funds projects for people at risk, people with mental health difficutlies, older people and children and young people up to age 18 years.

The grant can be given for up to 50% of the project costs up to a maximum of £12,500.

To apply: use the online contact form to request an application pack.

St John's Foundation

St John's Foundation provides Armshouses, accommodation, community and individual grants for residents in the city of Bath.

  • Armshouses - homes for the elderly with 24 hour care 7 days a week which includes welfare visits and emergency response.
  • Community Grants - to help organisations who engage people in community life.
  • Individual Grants - support to individuals and families in financial hardship. Funding will be provided for household items and other payments including rent arrears and utility bills. Applications must be made by a recognised statutory organisation on their behalf.


See also:

Sarah Kinsley Fund

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