Friday, 19 August 2016

Funding for rural areas with fewer than 10,000 residents.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation


Grants are available to charitable and not-for-profit organisations in the UK for small, local projects working to address community issues in areas of extreme Urban Deprivation or remote, socio-economically deprived Rural Areas. 
Current Status
Open for Applications
Maximum value:
£ 45,000

Objectives of Fund

The funding is for charities and not-for-profit organisations whose projects address the Foundation's two target areas:
  • Needy Rural Areas: places with fewer than 10,000 residents.
  • Deprived Urban Areas: places that are considered to be in the lowest 20% on the government's Multiple Deprivation Index and have more than 10,000 residents.
Funding aims to improve or introduce community projects for the residents of these areas. In particular, the Foundation targets three main areas and has particular interests in each:
  • Health Care and Disability.
  • Community Support.
  • Arts, Education and Heritage.

Value Notes

The Foundation offers the following levels of support:
  • Small Grants: of between £1,000 and £6,000.
  • Standard Grants: of between £6,001 and £12,000.
  • Large Grants: of between £10,000 and £45,000 for capital projects only.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is required for all levels of funding. Applicants will need to have secured 50% of their funding from other sources.

Who Can Apply

Established charitable organisations (including CICs, social enterprises, not-for-profit registered companies, voluntary organisations) in the UK are eligible to apply.
To be eligible, applicants should be:
  • Small to medium sized organisations.
  • Have a demonstrable track record of success working to address local problems in communities in areas of extreme urban deprivation or remote, needy rural locations.
The level of the applicant's income will determine which grants programme they can apply for. Total annual income refers to the total annual income for the whole organisation as shown in the latest annual accounts.
Applicants should provide their latest annual accounts. However, if this is not possible then the latest annual accounts and bank statement will also be accepted.


Funding is not available for the following:
  • Individuals, whether direct or through a third party.
  • Organisations registered outside the UK.
  • Projects that take place outside of the UK.
  • Statutory services including state schools (unless these are specifically for pupils with disabilities), prisons, local authority services and NHS hospitals or services.
  • Universities and further education colleges.
  • Organisations with a total annual income in excess of £5 million (except hospices).
  • Grantmaking organisations.
  • Umbrella organisations.
  • Set up costs for new organisations.
  • Purchase of computers or other electronic equipment.
  • Creation or maintenance of websites.
  • Animal welfare and conservation projects.
  • Projects with primarily an ecological aim.
  • Medical research.
  • Feasibility studies.
  • Capital appeals for places of worship unless these are primarily for community use such as an adjoining church hall or a clearly defined community area within a place of worship.
  • Projects to enable a building to comply with legislation such as the Disability & Discrimination Act or Health & Safety regulations.
  • Staff training required by a statutory authority or as part of continuing professional development by an industry body.
  • One-off events.
  • PR and awareness raising; fundraising salaries, events or initiatives.
  • Projects primarily concerned with the production of DVDs or other media.

Eligible Expenditure

All grants are for one year only.
Funding is available for general running costs including salaries, core costs and overheads and capital expenditure on buildings or essential equipment.
Projects should address rural issues and urban deprivation.
Applicants must clearly show in their appeal how their project fits into one or both of these categories:
Rural Isolation & Poverty
Applications are accepted from organisations which are addressing issues in rural areas which are classified as being in the lowest 50% in terms of the latest government Indices of Multiple Deprivation. Rural in this context means cities, towns, villages and areas with 10,000 or less inhabitants. For example:
  • Projects providing transport for the elderly, disabled or disadvantaged.
  • Contact networks for the young disabled.
  • Projects which encourage a sense of community such as community centres and village halls.
  • Employment training schemes especially those promoting local, traditional crafts.
  • Projects addressing issues such as drug/alcohol misuse or homelessness.
Urban Deprivation
Applications are accepted from local or national charities or not-for-profit organisations which are working with residents of urban areas (ie more than 10,000 inhabitants) which are classified in the latest government Indices of Multiple Deprivation as being in the lowest 20%. For example:
  • Youth clubs.
  • Training schemes to help people out of unemployment.
  • Drop in centres for the homeless.
Within these overarching themes, the Charity is interested in the following three areas:
  • Community Support, for example:
    • Work with young people.
    • Community centres and village halls
    • Employability programmes.
    • Volunteering.
    • Healthy eating and living.
    • Support for young carers.
    • Respite services.
    • Older people’s projects.
    • Befriending.
    • Intergenerational projects.
    • Luncheon clubs.
    • Help for refugees.
    • Family support.
    • Community transport.
    • Sports projects.
    • Rehabilitation of ex-offenders.
    • Alcohol and drug misuse projects.
    • Domestic violence prevention and aftermath.
  • Disability and Healthcare, for example:
    • Projects in deprived areas for people of all ages with physical and/or sensory disabilities.
    • Support for people with mental health issues.
    • Hospices.
    • Projects for ex-service personnel.
    • Community awareness and integration.
    • Music therapy projects.
  • Arts, Education and Heritage, for example:
    • Arts projects for people with disabilities.
    • Performance or visual arts with a clear and strong community impact.
    • Alternative education projects.
    • Supplementary teaching.
    • Heritage projects in marine or industrial areas which involve local people and have a demonstrable community benefit.
Trusthouse is interested in supporting capital projects at hospices throughout the UK. Applicants will need to have secured a minimum of 50% of the total cost of the project and to identify a specific element of the project which a grant from Trusthouse would cover. Priority will be given to projects that benefit patients, rather than visitors or staff. Trusthouse does not give grants for hospice running costs.
Although Trusthouse waives the need for hospices to comply with the requirement that applicants should be based in areas of extreme urban deprivation or remote rural districts, preference will still be given to such areas, as the possibilities of local fundraising are more limited.
Themed Grants Programme
Trusthouse runs three-year programmes focussing on a specific issue of interest to the Trustees.
The latest three year Themed Grant programme focusses on local projects providing support for mothers and babies in the first two years of life. Trusthouse’s grants will concentrate on three fields of activity:
  • Support and activities in pregnancy which reduce stress and mental illness in the expectant mother.
  • Health, diet and exercise in pregnancy and the first two years.
  • Teaching mothers the vital need for bonding with their baby in the first year of life and supporting such interaction.
Grants are available for covering overheads and salary costs are available capital projects, for one-off expenditures such as equipment and new builds are also available.

How To Apply

Applications for Large and Standard grants are currently being accepted for the meeting scheduled for early November. Applications should reach the Foundation by early September. Please note there are no deadlines, and the Foundation will close earlier or later, depending on the number of high quality applications received.
Applications for Small Grants are considered outside the meeting, and will receive a final decision six weeks after receipt.

The guidelines can be found on the Trust's website and applicants are urged to read the guidelines before starting the application process. They should also use the online eligibility checker which will lead to the application form. Applicants will be taken through a short questionnaire to identify which type of grant is most suitable.

Contact information

For all enquiries contact:
  • Judith Leigh 
    Grants Manager 
    The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation 
    65 Leadenhall Street 
    EC3A 2AD
    020 7264 4990
  • Marie Hale 
    Grants Officer for Small Grants 
    The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation 
    65 Leadenhall Street 
    EC3A 2AD
    020 7264 4990

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