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Applying for a grant

All applications must be made on the appropriate application form. Forms can be obtained by:

  • telephoning The Earley Charity’s office on 0118 975 5663
  • emailing your contact details and a brief outline of your request to enquiries@earleycharity.org.uk
  • completing the enquiry form on this website

Information for individuals and organisations wishing to make an application can be found below. Click here to jump to details on organisation grants.

Making an Individual grant application

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from people who are experiencing difficult circumstances. This may be because of low income or poor health.

To be able to apply you must:

  • live within our area of benefit (see our map to check if you qualify)
  • have lived in the area of benefit for at least 6 months (this does not necessarily have to have been at the same address)
  • be living in permanent accommodation
  • have been granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK

You will not be able to apply if you:

  • are planning to move out of our area of benefit
  • have been awarded a grant within the last two years
  • have received 3 grants in the past

If you live outside our area of benefit you may like to contact one of our neighbouring charities.

What can be applied for?

You can make an application for the purchase of a specific item or service. We do not make grants to:

  • pay for general living costs
  • pay off debts
  • buy floor coverings of any type (unless there are very exceptional circumstances)
  • buy non-essential items

Most applications will be for an amount under £500. However, in particular circumstances the Trustees will consider requests for more than this amount.

How to apply

  • Request an application form by telephoning the Charity on 0118 975 5663, emailing enquiries@earleycharity.org.uk or by completing the enquiry form on the Contact Us page of this website
  • Complete the application form answering all sections as fully as possible
  • Post your completed application form with all supporting documents to the Charity’s office

When will my application be considered?

The meeting dates and corresponding closing dates for submission of individual applications in  2017 are as follows. Applications must be received by no later than 12 noon on the closing date.

Applications for under £500

Meeting Date

Closing Date for Submission of Applications

 18th January 2017  4th January 2017
 23rd March 2017  8th March 2017
 24th May 2017  10th May 2017
 8th August 2017
 21st July 2017
 31st October 2017
 13th October 2017

Applications for over £500

Meeting Date

Closing Date for Submission of Applications

 1st February 2017  4th January 2017
 22nd March 2017  8th March 2017
 23rd May 2017  9th May 2017
 15th August 2017
 28th July 2017
 24th October 2017
 6th October 2017

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Making an Organisation grant application

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from local charitable, voluntary and community organisations working to help and support people living within our area of benefit. To check to see if your organisation qualifies please see our map. If your organisation does not exclusively work with people from our area an application may still be considered by the Trustees. In these cases any grant awarded would be based on the proportion of people from our area who will benefit from the project being funded.

Generally we do not accept applications from public sector bodies or national organisations. Nor do we fund religious activities or general appeals.

What can be applied for?

Applications should be for one-off non-recurrent funding for specific projects or equipment. We do not accept applications for open-ended salary grants, running/core costs or general charitable appeals.

Grants to organisations are normally in the range of £500 to £5,000. The Trustees do consider requests for larger amounts from organisations which they know well.

How to apply

  • Request an application form by telephoning the Charity on 0118 975 5663, emailing enquiries@earleycharity.org.uk or by completing the enquiry form on the Contact Us page of this website
  • Prepare your application providing information covering all the points as requested on the application form
  • Post your application and supporting documents to the Charity’s office to arrive no later than 12 noon on the closing date.

When will my application be considered?

Applications from organisations are considered by the Trustees five times a year. For amounts up to £3,000 the confirmed meeting dates for 2017 and corresponding closing dates for submission of applications are:

Applications for up to £3,000

Meeting Date

Closing Date for Submission of Applications

 22nd March 2017  8th March 2017
 23rd May 2017  9th May 2017
 15th August 2017  1st August 2017
 24th October 2017  10th October 2017

For amounts over £3,000 the meeting dates and corresponding closing dates for submission of applications in 2017 are:

Applications for over £3,000

Meeting Date

Closing Date for Submission of Applications

 1st February 2017  18th January 2017
 12th April 2017  28th March 2017
 14th June 2017  31st May 2017
 30th August 2017  16th August 2017
 15th November 2017  1st November 2017

For Further Information

If you would like to discuss making an application please contact the Clerk to the Trustees by telephone on 0118 975 5663. Alternatively you can email an enquiry to enquiries@earleycharity.org.uk or complete the enquiry form on the Contact Us page of this website.

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