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Eligibility for a Grant

There are some important criteria to fulfil before applying for a grant. Please ensure you read these carefully before making an application. Please also ensure you read our Key Points.

Who we fund:

The Foundation only supports charities registered in England and Wales unless the organisation has ‘accepted’ status, i.e. churches, schools, scout and guide groups, or 'exempt' status, e.g. housing associations, friendly societies including social housing providers, Co-operative Societies, Community Benefit Societies and Registered Societies (previously known as industrial & provident societies).

Otherwise you are not eligible to apply to us. This exclusion includes Parish Councils, Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) and Community Interest Companies (CIC). The Foundation does not support charities or projects in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

If your charity’s income is below £5,000 and is not registered with the Charity Commission you must tell us the charity’s Gift Aid number as supplied by HMRC.

What we fund:

We offer one-off grants for capital projects, i.e. new buildings, major refurbishments, transport and equipment. Rented premises are expected to have a lease of at least 10 years. Applications for transport should be for new, not used, vehicles. Applications for equipment should be for single, high cost (£5,000 and over), durable items (for exclusions, see below).

Where grants are made, the projects are expected to be self-financing thereafter.

We have a limit on project budgets and annual incomes:

Charities that are fundraising for projects of £10 million and over are not eligible to apply.

The Foundation has a preference for projects of up to £5 million. If your project budget is over £5 million but below £10 million, then you should call or email the office before making your application.

Charities that have an annual income of £10 million or over are not eligible to apply.

We do not fund:

  • Research medical equipment or major medical equipment not available through the NHS.
  • Running /revenue costs, e.g. salaries, training costs, rent and utilities and software licences.
  • Feasibility studies, building surveys or planning applications.

We rarely fund:

  • Non-durable equipment subject to wear and tear, e.g. appliances, camping gear, clothing, cutlery/crockery, furniture, mobility aids, musical instruments, tablets/laptops, uniforms.

If you are in any doubt whether your capital project is eligible, please call or email us before submitting an application.

Telephone: 0207 408 2198

Applicants may suggest a preference for a grant amount (never less than £1,000) but this has no influence on the amount awarded.

Categories of grant:

Our grants are divided into the following four categories. Please click on the link for more information as to whether your project qualifies:


Trustees have two main themes under this category to help create cohesive and positive communities.

First, Trustees are strong believers that every community needs a focus upon which to build cohesion. They are therefore advocates of the ‘village hall’, particularly in isolated rural areas where facilities are often very limited. They support church halls, churches and other religious buildings, but only where there is strong evidence that a high proportion of secular activities (i.e. no connection at all with religion or spirituality) accessible to the whole community take place. Conservation and heritage projects for halls/churches are not generally supported.

Second, Trustees wish to assist young people attain their full potential and take their place within society as responsible citizens. To this end, they support youth activity centres, uniformed youth groups, and youth and sports clubs. They also help those who are young ex-offenders, ‘at risk’ or in danger of exclusion.

Types of application considered:

  • New build, refurbishment and improvement of village halls, Scout/Guide huts, youth clubs, community centres and similar. This often includes access for the disabled, modernising kitchens, new storage space and updating toilets in line with Health and Safety regulations and the Disability Discrimination Act.
    For any building, the length of remaining lease is taken into account: 10 years is the usual minimum term.

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Trustees focus on Special Schools assisting those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The Foundation also supports educational nature and farm visitor centres. Mainstream schools and universities should not apply.

Types of application considered:

  • Building projects
  • Specialist new transport

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The Foundation supports capital and refurbishment projects for care homes and hospices that provide relief and sanctuary for patients and their families. The emphasis is on helping charities that are providing an excellent standard of care and support within their communities.

Types of application considered:

  • Improvements to care homes and hospices
  • Improvements to day centres or other facilities for the elderly and those with special needs
  • Creation or refurbishment of outdoor or recreational spaces for patients
  • Specialist new transport

Please note that research medical equipment or major medical equipment not available through the NHS is no longer likely to be funded by the Foundation.

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Social Welfare

Applications for capital projects are considered by trustees ranging from residential housing for the homeless to ‘day centres’ providing support, training and education facilities.

Trustees also support the welfare needs of those who have served in the Armed Forces, the emergency services and their families, particularly those with physical and mental health issues.

Types of application considered:

  • New build and refurbishment of residential and rehabilitation centres; premises for the relief of homelessness, those suffering from substance abuse and young people ‘at risk’; emergency centres which do not qualify for statutory funding.
  • ‘Move on’ support facilities
  • Day care / Drop-in-centres

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