Woodward Charitable Trust – Small Grants

Description

Grants are available to fund core costs of smaller registered charities in the UK working in the following areas: isolated children and young people, disadvantaged families, and prisoners and ex-offenders.

Maximum value:  £3,000

Objectives of Fund

The funding is for charitable organisations in the UK, to support core costs in the following areas:

  • Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in antisocial behaviour. This covers gang violence and knife crime, education and mentoring, as well as projects that work to raise self-esteem and employment opportunities and encourage an active involvement in and contribution towards the local community.
  • Disadvantaged families. This covers parenting support and guidance, mental health, food poverty, refuges and domestic violence projects and would also include projects that benefit travellers, ethnic minorities and refugee families.
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders and specifically projects that maintain and develop contact with prisoners’ families and help with the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders after their release.

Previous Success

A list of recent awards can be found on Trust’s website. Previous successful recipients include:

  • ABC to Read
  • Acacia Family Support
  • Aylesbury Youth Action
  • Domestic Abuse Volunteer Services
  • Former Forces Support
  • Growing Against Violence
  • Incest and Sexual Abuse Survivors
  • Kittiwake Trust
  • Kyra Women’s Project
  • Play Midlothian
  • Refugee Youth
  • Rhondda Netball
  • IT Schools Africa

Value Notes

Grants of up to £3,000 are available (around 100 grants awarded per year).

However, most grants are for £1,000 or less.

A small number of larger grants of more than £3,000 will also be awarded but only to charities that are known to the Trustees.

Funding is available for a maximum of three consecutive years or three grants within five years. After their last grant organisations should wait two years before reapplying for a further grant.

Prospective applicants should be aware that only 15% of applicants are successful. Grants that represent more than 10% of an organisation’s previous year’s income are unlikely to be made.

Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants must state any funding from other sources.

Who Can Apply

UK registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations, community interest companies and exempt charities can apply. Organisations must have an annual turnover of less than £200,000.

Organisations that are limited companies must provide a set of memorandums and articles to confirm they are operating in a not-for-profit capacity.

Restrictions

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Unsolicited applications from charities whose annual turnover exceeds £200,000.
  • Organisations that hold more than six months of operating reserves.
  • Charities registered or only working overseas.
  • Voluntary community groups.
  • Constituted groups/forums.
  • Gyms or sports centres.
  • Construction projects such as playgrounds, village halls and disabled access.
  • Educational fees and general school appeals.
  • Hospices.
  • Medical research.
  • Parish facilities.
  • Requests for vehicles.
  • Individuals in any capacity.
  • Charitable branches of larger organisations if the parent organisation’s income exceeds £1 million. Or branches where the majority of their income is provided by a national organisation.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for projects that help families and young people and that aim to improve the life chances of the beneficiaries. The Trust favours projects that promote community cohesion and the development of skills that will change the outlook and outcomes for the users. Organisations that promote volunteering and involve both past and present users in their operations or management are encouraged. The Trust only makes grants for core costs rather than specific projects.

Organisations should achieve a positive impact in at least one of the following areas:

  • Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in antisocial behaviour. This covers gang violence and knife crime, education and mentoring, as well as projects that work to raise self-esteem and employment opportunities and encourage an active involvement in and contribution towards the local community.
  • Disadvantaged families. This covers parenting support and guidance, mental health, food poverty, refuges and domestic violence projects and would also include projects that benefit travellers, ethnic minorities and refugee families.
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders and specifically projects that maintain and develop contact with prisoners’ families and help with the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders after their release.

How To Apply

The next deadline for applications is 28 January 2021.

Applications are normally considered twice a year.

An online application form is available to complete on the Trust’s website. Applications submitted by post will not be accepted.

All applications must be supported by a current budget for the year, management accounts and safeguarding/child and/or vulnerable adult policies.

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