by Alistair Dowlman (Funding Information Officer, Reading Borough Council)
Here are three of the grant and award programmes being featured in our March 2014 edition of Funding Digest.
Act Foundation ACT provides grants to individuals & other charities, principally in the UK, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need, (specifically the mentally & physically disabled). Grants generally fall into the following areas: Building – funding modifications to homes, schools, hospices etc; Equipment – provision of specialised wheelchairs, other mobility aids & equipment including medical equipment to assist independent living; Financial assistance – towards the cost of short-term respite breaks at a registered respite centre.
Archer Trust The Archer Trust is a UK Christian charitable grant-making trust that aims to support small UK charities that help people with physical or mental disabilities or people facing disadvantage. They prefer to support organisations working in areas of high unemployment & deprivation. They favour charities which make good use of volunteers. They support projects both in the UK & overseas, but for overseas projects only via UK charities which can ensure that funds are being well used.
Barchester’s Charitable Foundation Barchester’s Charitable Foundation is a registered charity that helps older people & other adults with a disability across England, Scotland & Wales. They hope that their grants will help people lead more fulfilled lives & reach their full potential. Their mission is to make a difference to the lives of older people & other adults with a physical or mental disability; Supporting practical solutions that lead to increased personal independence, self-sufficiency & dignity. This year their focus is helping older people (65+) in our community, to improve mobility, independence & quality of life.
Visit our website for details about how to subscribe, free of charge, to the monthly Funding Digest, which is only available to Charities and Voluntary and Community organisations and groups working primarily for the benefit of residents and communities in the Borough of Reading.