Grants are available for small local groups and small local charities in Great Britain to improve the quality of life for older people as well as adults with a physical or mental disability, where health and/or social care needs cannot be met by the statutory public sector or by the individual.
Barchester Healthcare Foundation
The Barchester Healthcare Foundation was established by Barchester Healthcare to reinvest into the communities it serves.
It is a registered charity with independent Trustees. The Foundation was set up in 2003 with an initial grant of over £250,000. Barchester Healthcare continues to make further contributions to the Foundation.
Objectives of Fund
The Foundation aims to make a difference to the lives of older people and other adults with a physical, learning or mental disability; supporting practical solutions that lead to increased personal independence, self-sufficiency and dignity.
For 2020, the focus is on connecting or re-connecting people with others in their local community. Applications that combat loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged will receive highest priority.
Grants range from £100 to £5,000.
The average grant awarded in 2018 was approximately £850.
Who Can Apply
Although most funding is awarded to individuals, small community groups and small local charities based in England, Scotland or Wales can also apply.
Support is mainly available to individuals in England, Scotland and Wales who are:
All applications for an individual must be supported by a third party sponsor (eg a health or personal care professional, social worker, charity or support group representative).
England, Scotland and Wales
Grants will not be made to individuals for:
Services for which the health and social care authorities have a statutory responsibility.
Services normally offered in a care home operated by Barchester Healthcare or by any other company.
Home improvements and property repairs not related to disability or medical condition.
Basic household items such as white goods, furniture and carpeting not related to disability or medical condition.
Daily living costs or repayment of debts.
Grants will not be made to community groups and small charities for:
Core/running costs or salaries or financial support to general projects.
Indirect services such as help lines, newsletters, leaflets or research.
Major building projects or large capital projects.
Training of staff and volunteers.
The Trustees reserve the right to put a cap on grants to a single charity (including all of its branches) in any one year.
The Foundation does not fund retrospectively and further funding is not available for three years following a successful grant award.
The Foundation favours applications that encourage:
For older people and other adults with a physical, learning or mental disability.
The priority is on helping older people (aged 65+) to improve mobility, independence and quality of life.
The focus for 2020 is about connecting or re-connecting people with others in their local community. Applications that combat loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged will receive the highest priority.
How To Apply
Applications may be submitted at any time.
Application forms are available to complete online or to download from the Foundation's website.
Further guidance can also be found on the website.
Addresses and contacts
For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:
Grants Management Team
Barchester Healthcare Foundation
Third Floor, The Aspect
12 Finsbury Square
Tel: 0800 328 3328
Fax: 0207 382 2890
Email: [email protected]