The Woodroffe Benton Foundation has launched the Small Grant Programme.
Areas of Funding Focus
- The Foundation provides grants to officially recognised charitable organisations within the United Kingdom only in respect of:
- Relief of persons in need, hardship or distress by reason of disaster or as a consequence of social or economic circumstance.
- Provision/Maintenance of care and accommodation for the sick and elderly.
- Promotion of education – in particular within the Derbyshire region.
- Environmental Conservation/Preservation/Protection/Improvement – in particular where this would encourage the provision of access by members of the general public.
- Human physical well-being – but applicants should note that funding in this area is proactive and the trustees will not make grants in response to unsolicited applications
- Within these categories, the trustees do not usually make grants for:
- Organisations without a Charity Commission registration.
- Organisations that have been operating for less than 24 months and therefore do not have at least one full set of Accounts.
- Organisations that operate primarily outside the UK or for the benefit of non-UK residents.
- Places of worship seeking funds for restoration or upgrade of facilities.
- Museums, historical or heritage organisations.
- Funding of palliative care.
- Animal welfare organisations whose primary purpose is not conservation of the environment except for those that help the survival of wild species in the UK.
- Students requesting a grant for tertiary education or a gap year.
- Educational organisations based outside the Derbyshire region – although the trustees may choose to do so.
- Bodies affiliated to or a local “branch” of a national organisation, unless they have a separate charitable number and receive no financial support from the national charity.
- Relief of Hardship
- Care for the Elderly
- Education & Youth Development
- Environment & Conservation
- Human physical well-being
- Applicants to the Small Grants programme can receive one-off grants in the range £500 to £2,500. They do provide larger grants, which can be spread over several years, but these are made proactively and they do not accept unsolicited applications to this programme.
- The Trustees will not provide multiple grants to the same charity in a 12 month period. Organisations that have submitted an unsuccessful application should wait for 12 months before submitting a further application.
- The Trustees prefer to support smaller charities since modest donations are capable of providing potentially greater benefit in such cases. Consequently, it is unlikely that organisations with an annual income in excess of £750,000 will be provided with a grant under the small grants programme.
- Any charitable organisation based in the UK is eligible to apply for a grant, as are any educational institutions (schools, universities, etc.) whether or not they are a registered charity.
- Only applications which fall within the following strategic categories will be eligible for grants during this funding round.
- Education and Youth Development – Work with young people aged 16-25, including those with a physical and/or learning disability, in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, to improve employability.
- Environment – Environmental projects in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
For more information, visit Woodroffe Benton Foundation.