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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 2014 are as follows:

Applications for under £500

Meeting Date Closing Date for Submission of Applications
6th February2014 21st January 2014
18th March 2014 28th February 2014
6th May 2014 18th April 2014
17th June 2014 30th May 2014
29th July 2014 11th July 2014
23rd September 2014 5th September 2014
11th November 2014 24th October 2014
16th December 2014 28th November 2014

Applications for over £500

Meeting Date Closing Date for Submission of Applications
19th February 2014 21st January 2014
21st May 2014 18th April 2014
20th August 2014 11th July 2014
26th November 2014 24th October 2014

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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

When will my application be considered?

Applications from organisations are considered by the Trustees four times a year. For amounts up to £2,000 the meeting dates and corresponding closing dates for submission of applications in 2014 are:

Applications for up to £2,000

Meeting Date Closing Date for Submission of Applications
28th January 2014 14th January 2014
29th April 2014 15th April 2014
5th August 2014 22nd July 2014
4th November 2014 21st October 2014

For amounts over £2,000 the meeting dates and corresponding closing dates for submission of applications in 2014 are:

Applications for over £2,000

Meeting Date Closing Date for Submission of Applications
19th February 2014 5th February 2014
21st May 2014 7th May 2014
20th August 2014 6th August 2014
26th November 2014 12th November 2014

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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