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Weaver's Company Benevolent Fund

12 November 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Grants are available for smaller UK based charities working with young offenders, prisoners and ex-prisoners, and young disadvantaged people, especially those at risk of criminal involvement within the UK.

Value Notes

The maximum grant is usually £15,000 per annum.

Grants are normally awarded for one year only; however, in exceptional cases, applications for multi-year funding of up to three years, will be considered.

Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants must show that they have investigated other sources of funding and made plans for the future, which should include replacement funding if appropriate.

Who Can Apply

UK registered charities or organisations in the process of applying for registration are eligible to apply.

Priority will be given to smaller organisations which offer direct services. Local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than about £100,000. Those working across the UK should normally have an income of not more than about £250,000.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for the following:

  • Helping disadvantaged young people - The object of the fund is to support projects working with disadvantaged young people to ensure that they are given every possible chance to meet their full potential and to participate fully in society. Young people are normally defined as being aged from 5 to 30 years.

  • Offenders and ex-offenders, particularly those under 30 years of age - Many offenders and ex-offenders suffer from a variety of difficult and complex problems and they are amongst the most vulnerable members of society. Funding is available for work that addresses the social and economic problems faced by this group and their families, and provide them with support, life skills training and a way back into education, training and/or employment, so that they may reintegrate and make a positive contribution to society.

Eligible expenditure includes:

  • Pump-priming - particularly from small community-based organisations where the grant would form a major element of the funding.

  • Project funding - preference is to support projects where the grant is used for an identified purpose.

  • Associated project costs - applicants should include the cost of any overheads associated with the work, such as office/secretarial support, so that the project is not under-funded.

  • Core costs for new projects - such as general administration and training that enable an organisation to develop and maintain expertise.

  • Innovative or pioneering work - that could inspire similar work in other areas of the country.

  • Continuation funding - ongoing funding for successful projects, which have proved their worth.

  • Emergency or deficit funding for an established organisation - in exceptional circumstances. This funding usually goes to charities which the Company knows or has previously supported.

How To Apply

Applications should be submitted by the deadline of 1pm on 19 November 2020.

The Charitable Grants Committee usually meets in February, June and October each year and all shortlisted applicants will be advised in writing of the Committee's decision within two weeks of the meeting. The October 2020 meeting has been cancelled, so applications will be assessed at the February 2021 meeting.

The deadlines for application are usually 31 March, 31 July and 30 November. Any applications that arrive too late for consideration at one meeting are automatically rolled forward to the next.

Application forms are available to download from the Trust's website. The completed form should be printed and posted to the Trust along with the supporting documents.

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