Grants we have awarded

We offer grants to charities which provide a service to people with learning disabilities in order to enhance life opportunities. These grants can be awarded for up to 3 years so that organisations can plan ahead with some degree of certainty. Here are some examples showing how these grants are making a difference.

Buildings and Refurbishment

The Forbes Charitable Foundation
Three year funding is being given for capital expenditure to enable a charity in the East Riding of Yorkshire to extend and refurbish the training facilities for its students. This includes an extension to its on-site cafe and trainee teaching kitchen as well as the building of a new welfare facility including a laundry.

This is enabling the charity to increase the number of students as well as providing additional opportunities for people they are currently supporting.

In addition to funding the building works the grant is being used to purchase new catering and other equipment.

Catering and training project

The Forbes Charitable Foundation
We have given a grant to a charity based in Cumbria towards the cost of setting up and running a recently acquired property in Appleby. This has been set up as a training centre for people with learning disabilities to gain work skills in a working café. The centre also offers a range of other activities for people in an area that has challenges associated with rural isolation.

Day Support Opportunities

The Forbes Charitable Foundation
A grant is being made to a charity providing day support services and opportunities for employment across Oxfordshire. The grant is funding the employment of a job coach as part of the expansion and further development of the charity’s well established work development programme.

Employment Opportunities

The Forbes Charitable Foundation
One of our grants is funding the employment of a work place inclusion officer for a charity’s Work2Work project. This project, which is being rolled out across the South West of England, is engaging a growing network of partner employers who can provide real educational, training and workplace opportunities, including paid employment, for people with a learning disability.