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Who? Registered, excepted or exempt charities.
What? Projects helping disadvantaged people in at least one of Education & training, Financial advice to help people manage their money or Community regeneration.
How much? Normally £500 - £4,000.
Website: Act Foundation
Who? UK based individuals and registered charities.
What? Enhancing the quality of life of the mentally and physically disabled.
How much? No limit (largest grant has been £4 million).
Grants generally fall into the following areas:
- Building - funding modifications to homes, schools, hospices etc.
- Equipment - provision of specialised wheelchairs, other mobility aids and equipment including medical equipment to assist independent living.
- Financial assistance - towards the cost of short-term respite breaks at a registered respite centre.
You can apply for a grant at any time. Trustees meet four times a year, but you do not need to time your application to coincide with these meetings. Procedures exist to give approvals between meeting dates, where necessary.
Who? Established community enterprises that make money and have been running for at least a year.
What? Helping ambitious community enterprises to become financially sustainable.How much? Mix of loans and grants totalling £50,000 to £750,000, along with a comprehensive package of support.
The Adventure Capital Fund is an ambitious new style of funder for community enterprise. The pioneering packages offered have the potential to transform neighbourhoods across the country.
Backing from the Main Investment Fund can be used to provide working capital or revenue costs, to finance the purchase of a capital asset or to refurbish assets. The investment must enable an organisation to develop its enterprising activities to become a sound, sustainable business which can make a major contribution to its community.
Website: Alan and Babette Charitable Trust
Who? Registered charities or activities with clearly defined charitable purposes.
What? Community-based health and social welfare initiatives, projects supproting asylum seekers and refugees, and projects encouraging participation in the arts.
How much? Various
Who? Individuals and organisations dealing with alcohol issues.
What? Research and development of people and organisations.
How much? Research (up to £50,000), Development (between £5,000 and £50,000), Small grants (up to £5,000).
The main aims of the Council are to increase the capacity of individuals and organisations to deal with alcohol issues and also to develop the evidence base.
Two types of projects will be considered: rigorous research projects that focus upon improving the evidence base, and projects that aim to develop people and organisations.
Who? Anglican churches, churches of other denominations and the Christian community.
What? Building and restoration projects; repair of church fabric; church community initiatives; religious charities; charities preserving the UK heritage and other charitable causes.
Grants are made out of income derived from the Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc. The majority of the Trust’s donations are used to support the dioceses and cathedrals of the Church of England, a small percentage is used for the general fund.
The Trust is normally unable to support appeals from the following:
- Charities with political associations.
- National charities
- Appeals for running costs and salaries
- Appeals from the same recipient twice in one year or in two consecutive years
Who? Not-for-profit organisations with an annual income of less than £100,000.
What? Work which benefits people in certain groups, or generalist work which includes significant numbers from more than one such group: Asylum-seekers and refugees; gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender people; gypsies and travellers; offenders and ex-offenders; older people; BME communities; migrant workers; mental health; people experiencing domestic violence.
How much? £500 - £15,000.
The Foundation will make grants for start-up, core or project costs. The grants are relatively small and are likely therefore to be appropriate for costs such as:
- Volunteers or participants expenses
- Venue hire Part-time or sessional staffing costs
- Work aimed at strengthening the organisation such as trustee or staff training
While recognising (and being willing to support) on-going, tried and tested projects, the Foundation is particularly interested in unusual, imaginative or pioneering projects which have perhaps not yet caught the public imagination.
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