The Special Category for 2016/17 is:
“Smaller charities providing counselling, support and vocational opportunities for people with mental health issues.”
The Special Category for 2017/18 is likely to be: “Smaller charities using sport or dance to encourage healthy and active lifestyles for disadvantaged young people.”
Since 1988, rather than have specific funding programmes, the Trustees have selected a special category each year from within one of the broad grant categories of education, health and social welfare and have invited registered charities to apply. Charities may be nominated by any of the Trustees, members of the Trust or the Company Secretary.
Charities that fall within the special category may send an introductory email to the Company Secretary at email@example.com describing how they fall within the special category and their specific funding needs for the relevant year. Thereafter, only charities that are specifically invited to apply will be considered. Special Category Grants are usually made to about 10-15 charities. The Trust will make grants for core costs such as day-to-day running costs. The Trust also makes project grants, capital grants for buildings or equipment and grants for salaries and bursaries. Grants in the Special Category are usually only made for one year and amounts range from £2,000 to £10,000.
The Trustees award most special category grants in November each year. The special category for the following financial year is usually selected at the Trustees’ meeting in November and will be posted on the website.
Recent Special Categories:
2015/16 Local charities supporting homeless people with education, employment, tenancy support
2014/15 Equipment and activities for hospitals, hospices and other healthcare settings
2013/14 Assisting young people with employment
2012/13 Members’ chosen charities
2011/12 Assisting disabled people with education, qualifications and independent living