Grant Giving Policy

All grants must meet our principal objective of providing support for people with learning disabilities.
To achieve this, grants are awarded to UK registered or exempt charities that provide services principally to people with mild to moderate needs.
We can also provide support to individuals especially where gifts or legacies have been received accompanied by a Letter of Wishes.

Key Priorities for Support

The following services are eligible for support:
- Residential Care
- Supported Living
- Day Services
- Social Enterprises
- Employment Initiatives
- Skills Training
- Support for Family Carers
- Transition Services for young adults


These can be awarded for both capital and revenue programmes either as a one off grant or for up to three consecutive years. This we believe enables organisations to plan ahead with some degree of certainty. Whilst we support current ongoing work we are particularly interested in supporting the development of new and innovative services or projects.

We do not accept unsolicited applications so please do not submit an application or make a specific request unless invited to do so. However if your organisation’s turnover is between £1m and £20m and your service or project meets our criteria please forward background information of your work to the secretary to the trustees at PO Box 6256, Nuneaton, CV11 9HT.

You should include brief information (not exceeding 1000 words) about your work, for example; activities, geographical area covered and annual turnover. At this stage an annual review is not required. The information which you provide will remain on file and be reviewed within our research programme when a new funding window opens.

Main Support

We aim to ensure the most effective use of our funds. With this in mind the main support will be directed towards 6 to 10 charities with an annual turnover of between £1m and £20m. Annual grants of up to £25k are made and can be awarded for up to 3 years. These limitations may be altered at the discretion of the trustees.

The current programme runs from 2019-20 to 2021-22 and is fully committed. The next programme will be announced during 2021 and details will be contained in this website.

If your organisation is considered for future support you will be invited to make a formal application using our own application form. Applications are then shortlisted and if selected a visit along with an assessment may be carried out. Once assessments have been completed trustees meet and make a final decision on which charities to support.


Organisations selected for grants will be required to report regularly on the progress and outcomes arising from our funding. Progress will be measured against a set of performance criteria agreed with the grantee charity at the time of the grant.


Grant Application Form PDF

Grant Application Form DOCX

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