New funding opportunities for smaller organisations

The January 2017 issue of Reading Borough Council’s Funding Digest features two grant programmes to help small organisations supporting adults and children with disabilities.

Barchester Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for grants between £100 and £5,000 from small community groups and small local groups helping adults aged over 18 with mental and physical disabilities, and older people aged over 65. Barchester Charitable Foundation is a registered charity based in London. It was created by Barchester Healthcare in 2000 to give something back to communities where the Barchester care homes operate. This year the charity’s focus is on connecting or reconnecting people with others in their local community. Applications that combat loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged will receive their highest priority in 2017.

Local organisations and projects that support disabled children and their families have the opportunity to apply for funding through the True Colours Trust. Grants up to £10,000 are usually available for one-off purposes, to help smaller organisations develop and deliver programmes for children, their siblings and families. The trustees are particularly keen to support hydrotherapy pools; multi-sensory rooms; minibuses; young carers projects; sibling projects; bereavement support schemes and specialised play equipment.

These are just two of the many grant and award programmes featured within the January edition of Funding Digest. Visit for details about how to subscribe, free of charge, to this monthly publication, 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.

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