Trust House Charitable Foundation Small Grants

Grants available for: Charities and not-for-profit organisations with incomes under £5,000,000; village halls and community centres, hospices.
Size of grants given: Range of grant programmes, from below £6,000 up to £50,000. You must have 50% of the cost of your project already secured from another source.
Next deadline: No deadlines for grants under £6,000. Other applications assessed at meetings in April/May, July, October/November and February, 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 that have been running for over a year. You must have annual accounts from the previous year in order to apply.

How much and what you can apply for

They have a range of grant programmes:

  • Small grants (up to £6,000) for revenue costs: only organisations with income up to £100,000 may apply.
  • Small grants (up to £6,000) for capital costs: organisations with income up to £250,000 may apply.
  • Standard grants (£6,001 – £12,000) for revenue or capital: organisations with income up to £500,000 may apply.
  • Large grants (£10,000 – £50,000) for capital projects only: organisations with income up to £5,000,000 may apply.
  • Village hall and community centre grants (£1,000 – £50,000) for improvements to buildings: only village halls and community centres may apply
  • Hospice grants (£6,000 – £50,000) for improvements to buildings: only hospices may apply

There is information on their website about recent grants they have made.

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%. To find out if your area is within the lowest 20%, search by postcode on this map.

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

Complete the eligibility check on their website. You can then download a PDF application form which you can fill in on screen before printing out. Print and send your application by post to Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, 65 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3A 2AD.

Deadlines for application

Applications for £6,000 or less will be fast tracked, and you will receive an answer within 4-6 weeks of applying. All other applications will be assessed at quarterly meetings, which are usually held in April/May, July, October/November and February. Each meeting will assess applications that have been received up to 6 weeks before the meeting.

Contact details

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

Date & initials

10/7/17 DA

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