Friday, 24 February 2017


The Beatrice Laing Trust offers grants to registered charities working throughout the UK.
The Trust aims to fund projects concerned with the relief of poverty or distress, particularly those relating to children, and the advancement of the evangelical Christian faith, both at home and abroad.
UK based charities, Christian organisations and organisations providing opportunities for training and development to young people may apply for a grant of between £1,000 and £5,000 towards the capital cost of a project. The Trust can award grants up to £25,000 and makes a number of awards at this level each year. There is no requirement for match funding.
During the year ending 5 April 2016, the Trust awarded grants totalling £1,527,370 (2015: £1,799,400) to approximately 330 organisations. A full list of all awards is provided in the Trust's annual report on the Charity Commission website. Grant awards were made against the following categories:
o Social Welfare (£504,650);
o Children and Young People, including Education (£199,500);
o Health and Medicine (£257,500);
o Overseas Aid (£272,220); and
o Religion (£292,500).
Funding is focused on the relief of poverty and the advancement of the evangelical Christian faith at home and abroad.
Grants are generally awarded on a one-off basis for capital purposes such as the purchase or construction of new premises, building extension, redevelopment or refurbishment, or the purchase of equipment and vehicles.
Most other grants are directed towards specific projects which will meet a clearly defined and demonstrable need within the applicant charity’s beneficiary/client group which cannot be met from statutory sources.
A reasonable level of management costs to cover overheads may be included when submitting a project budget.
Examples of the type of projects that have received funding, include:
o Christian organisations working to express their faith through practical action to help those in need, offering direct support to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in society, including the homeless, the elderly, former servicemen and women, and ex-offenders;
o Charities providing practical services to people with physical, mental and learning difficulties and their families/carers, for example: special schools seeking to develop and expand their facilities in order to enable them to meet the needs of people with increasingly complex disabilities,  those involved in supporting young people with complex needs in the transition into adulthood, providing supported accommodation and opportunities for training/meaningful employment.  or those seeking to provide facilities for respite care;
o Organisations providing opportunities for training and development to young people, in particular those who are disadvantaged or ‘at risk’; and
o Small-scale overseas development projects aiming to build the capacity of local partners to develop long-term sustainable solutions to local problems in countries in the developing world.
The Trust does not make grants to organisations and projects  in  the following areas:
o General appeals or circulars;
o Campaigning or lobbying activities;
o Umbrella, second tier or grant-making organisations;
o Professional associations or projects for the training of professionals;
o Feasibility studies and social research;
o Individual sponsorship requirements;
o Grants to individuals for educational, medical or travel purposes including gap year projects and overseas exchange programmes;
o Summer activities for children/young people or after-school clubs;
o State maintained or independent schools other than those for pupils with special educational needs;
o Uniformed groups such as Scouts and Guides;
o Costs of staging one-off events, festivals or conferences;
o Animal welfare;
o Core running costs of hospices, counselling projects and other local organisations; or
o Church restoration or repair (including organs and bells).
Applications should be made by letter (applications are not accepted in any other form, for example, by email), accompanied by a concise proposal (around three to four pages) including the following information:
o Contact details;
o Confirmation of charitable status;
o A clear overview of the charity’s aims and objectives;
o Precise details of the project for which funding is sought including project activities, proposed start and end date, and a detailed budget breakdown;
o Fundraising strategy, including anticipated sources of funding, funds already secured, and plans for securing the shortfall;
o Arrangements for monitoring and evaluating the project; and  o A copy of the charity’s most recent annual report and audited accounts.
Applications may be made at any time.
For further information about the Beatrice Laing Trust - as well as the other Laing Family Trusts - visit the Laing Family's website.
Contact details for the Trust are:
Elizabeth Harley
The Beatrice Laing Trust
33 Bunn Lane
Mill Hill
London NW7 2DX
 020 8238 8890  

(Source: GRIN)

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