Trust House Charitable Foundation Small Grants

Grants available for: Charities and not-for-profit organisations with incomes under £500,000
Size of grants given: Up to £9,999
Next deadline: No deadlines for grants under £5,000. Applications for £5,001-£9,999 assessed at meetings in April, July, October and January, and must be received 6 weeks before meeting.

Aims of Fund

This grants programme supports projects in the UK which address issues in Rural Communities and/or areas of Urban Deprivation. They want to support established organisations which are working in the following areas: Community Support; Arts, Education & Heritage; Disability & Health Care.

Who can apply

Charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK with incomes under £500,000 that have been running for over a year. You must have annual accounts from the previous year in order to apply. (Trust House Charitable Foundation also runs a large grants programme, which accepts applications from organisations with incomes under £5 million.)

How much and what you can apply for

You can apply for up to £9,999 towards running costs or capital costs.

All projects must fit into one or both of the following two main themes:

Rural Issues

‘Rural’ in this context means cities, towns, villages and areas with 10,000 or less inhabitants. They are looking for projects which address issues that are specific to rural communities, such as reducing isolation, providing transport, improving contact networks, and reducing unemployment.

Urban Deprivation

Applications will be considered from organisations working with communities which are classified in the latest government Indices of Multiple Deprivation as being in the lowest 20%.

Within these overarching themes, projects should also focus on one or more of the following three areas:

Community Support

Community: the support of carers; projects in deprived communities; projects addressing financial exclusion; the provision of sporting facilities or equipment in deprived areas;

Drugs and Alcohol: rehabilitation of substance and alcohol mis-users;

Elderly: projects addressing isolation and loneliness (e.g. befriending schemes); domiciliary support (e.g. respite for carers), residential improvements/ adaptations;

Ex-offenders: projects working with prisoners and ex-offenders to improve their life skills and reduce re-offending;

Young People: projects which build the confidence, life skills and employment skills of young people in need.

Disability and Healthcare

Physical and Mental Disability: projects involving rehabilitation, (including related arts and sport programmes); projects particularly for ex-service men and women (including former employees of the emergency services); projects for children (including holidays); and respite care;

Palliative Care: the provision of domiciliary care; support for volunteers and carers; outreach services; the refurbishment of premises; the provision of equipment (excluding in all cases services or costs which are normally funded from statutory sources);

Medicine: special equipment (not available on the NHS) for the chronically or terminally ill at home. (Medical research projects are ineligble).

Arts, Education and Heritage

Arts: projects which enable the disabled and people living in areas of need and poverty to participate in the performance arts and to experience artistic excellence in the performing arts; projects which encourage and give opportunities to young talented people whose circumstances might otherwise deny them (but not bursaries or fees);

Education: projects which help children at risk of exclusion or with exceptionally challenging behaviour to realise their educational potential; projects which encourage and give opportunities to young talented people whose circumstances might otherwise deny them access to further/higher education;

Heritage: smaller heritage projects, with a particular interest in industrial and maritime projects in areas of deprivation, which provide employment and/or volunteering opportunities for the local community and contribute to the regeneration of the area.

How to apply

Fill in an application form on their website. You can’t save this as you go along, so it is a good idea to draft your answers separately first. Send your application by post to Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, 65 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3A 2AD.

Deadlines for application

Applications for £5000 or less will be fast tracked, and you will receive an answer within 8 weeks of applying. Applications for £5001-£9999 will be assessed at quarterly meetings, which are usually held in April, July, October and January. Each meeting will assess applications that have been received up to 8 weeks before the meeting.

Contact details

Miss Judith Leigh (Grants Manager)
Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
65 Leadenhall Street
 020 7264 4990

Date & initials

25/2/16 RR