Grants are available to UK registered charities for projects that make a transformational change and have a high level of impact on individuals, their families and communities.
Objectives of Fund
The Foundation provides grants to individuals and other charities, principally in the UK, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need, specifically the mentally and physically disabled and the aged.
Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Although there is no upper limit, grants in excess of £100,000 will be the exception.
Who Can Apply
UK registered charities may apply. For overseas applications, only charitable organisations can apply.
Charities must have been registered for at least three years.
Funding is not available for the following:
- Charities that have not been registered for at least three years.
- The replacement of statutory funding.
- Work that has already commenced or equipment already purchased, deposits paid or goods on order.
- Towards the operating costs of other charities except in connection with setting up new services.
- Projects which promote a particular religion or faith.
- Community Centres and Youth Clubs except where those served are in special need of help (eg the elderly or persons with special needs).
- Local Authorities.
- Umbrella or grant-making organisations, except where they undertake special assessments not readily available from the Foundation’s own resources.
- Universities and colleges, and grant-maintained, private or local education authority schools or their Parent Teacher Associations, except if those schools are for students with special needs.
- Political or publicity campaigns.
The funding is for projects that make a transformational change and have a high level of impact on individuals, their families and communities.
Grants generally fall into the following areas:
- Building – funding modifications to homes (where a Disabled Facilities Grant) has already been awarded), charities, special schools, hospices.
- 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.
How To Apply
Applications may be submitted at any time and are considered four times a year.
Charities and Overseas Charitable Organisations must submit a letter on the organisation’s headed paper and should:
- Give a brief description of the organisation including any statutory or voluntary registration.
- Provide a summary of the work the organisation plans to undertake with the grant, together with a cost breakdown, plans and/or specification if available and a summary of the key milestones for the work.
- Provide information on why the organisation needs to do this work and what would happen if not able to do it.
- Give details of any other UK-based support received or pledged for the project.
- Specify what the organisation expects the results of the work to be and the number of beneficiaries helped.
- How the organisation plans to evaluate whether the work achieved its goals.
- Detail if the work will require capital and/or ongoing operational funding and if so how the organisation plans to meet these costs.
Applicants must attach the following financial information to the letter:
- A cashflow projection of income and expenditure budget for the work.
- Details of any income already raised for the work and income outstanding and where the organisation plans to raise it from.
- The organisation’s latest annual report and accounts.
The Grants Manager
The ACT Foundation (ACT)
61 Thames Street
01753 753 900