Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund

The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund provides a main grant and a small grant programmes to assist with the care and relief of those affected by learning disability.
The Charity will fund projects concerning children and adults with the conditions generally referred to as 'severe learning difficulties' or autism. Its funding is focused on community projects and research.
The Charity has the following grant-making priorities:
1. Providing grants to projects that seek to benefit the learning disabled by funding capital projects and core costs, including staff costs, general running and office costs at charitable organisations, schools and centres;
2. Funding research into learning disabilities and the salaries of Professors where their role includes research activity that will further the objects of the charity; and
3. Financing scholarships to individuals undertaking postgraduate research, normally at PhD level, where the student's area of interest furthers the objects of the charity.
Applications may be made by charities registered with the Charity Commission or community groups associated with a registered charity. Schools, Parent Teacher Associations and Industrial & Provident Societies may also apply.
The following grant programmes are available:
o General Grants from £250 upwards;
o Small Grants of up to £5,000; and
o Research Grants from £250 upwards (with no upper limit).
A limited fund is available for research projects.
Funding is normally considered for capital or revenue costs and for both specific projects and general running and core costs. Normally one-off grants are awarded but exceptionally a new project may be funded over two or three years, subject to satisfactory progress reports. 
Research grants are directed towards the initiation of research into learning disability with the intention that the research can progress to a point where it becomes eligible for support from other major funding bodies.
During the year ending 30 June 2016 the Charity awarded 338 grants totalling £2,983,665 (2015: £2,729,332).
Previously funded projects have included:
o Capital building/renovation/refurbishment works for residential, nursing and respite care, and schools;
o Employment schemes, including woodwork, crafts, printing and horticulture;
o Play schemes and play therapy schemes;
o Day and social activities centres including building costs and running costs;
o Support for families, including respite schemes;
o Independent living schemes;
o Support in the community schemes; and
o Snoezelen rooms (or controlled multi-sensory environments).
The Charity does not usually fund the following:
o Community Interest Companies;
o Individuals;
o Hospices;
o Minibuses, except those for residential and/or day care services for the learning disabled;
o Advocacy Projects;
o Conductive Education projects;
o Arts and theatre projects;
o Swimming and hydro-therapy pools;
o Physical disabilities, unless accompanied by significant learning disabilities;
o Research into or care of those with mental illness or dyslexia;
o Acquired brain injury, unless the resulting learning disabilities occur early in the developmental period (ie birth, infancy or childhood), impacting on brain maturation and development and learning in childhood;
o Qualitative studies;
o University overheads;
o University Full Economic Costs;
o Open access publishing costs;
o Conference attendance; or
o Anything considered to be statutory.
A second application from a funded organisation will not normally be considered for a period of at least two years after completion of an initial grant. If the previous application was unsuccessful, this period is one year. This does not apply to recipients of funding through the Research Grants Programme.
Applications for grants under £10,000 may be made at any time.
Deadlines for submitting a request for funding over £10,000 are:
o 1 December for consideration at the March meeting;
o 1 March for consideration at the June meeting;
o 1 August for consideration at the November meeting.
Further information and an application form is available to complete online at the Fund's website.
Contact details for the Baily Thomas Charitable Fund are:
Ann Cooper
Secretary to the Trustees
The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund
c/o TMF Management UK Limited
400 Capability Green
Tel: 01582 439225
(Source: GRIN)

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