Mind & Body

Our list of funders covering physical and mental health, disability and support for older people

As with any charitable project, it’s worth considering the funders that will fund a wide variety of projects.

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Cambridgeshire – Innovate and Cultivate Fund

Cultivate grants of £2,000 to £19,0000 and Innovate grants up to £50,000 are available for a range of Cambridgeshire-based projects including support for adults with learning/physical disabilities, sensory impairments and mental health needs. Successful projects must show that they will reduce pressure on council services and/or offer direct savings for the council.

True Colours Trust

Grants up to £10,000 for charitable organisations that are working to make a difference to the lives of disabled children and their families in the UK.

Variety Club – Equipment Grants

Grants up to £6,000 for specialist equipment for the direct use of children (up to 18) who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged and are resident in the UK.

Family Fund Trust

Grants to help families, or groups applying on their behalf, who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 years or younger.

Happy Days

Funding for day trips, family respite breaks and group activity holidays for families with children aged 3-17 who are disabled, have a special need or have been abused.

Henry Smith Charity – Holiday Grants for Children

The Holiday Grants programme provides grants of £500 to £2,500 for recreational trips and holidays for groups of children aged 13 and under in the UK who are disabled or disadvantaged.

St James’s Place Foundation

Grants of up to £10,000 for UK registered charities and specials needs schools to support work to improve the quality of life for those people in need as a result of disability or disadvantage.

The Evelyn Trust

This Trust offers grants for Cambridgeshire-based projects that promote health and well-being. The Small Grants Programme ranges from £4,000 to £10,000, while its Health and Wellbeing Grants go from £10,000 to £250,000. Suitable projects include assisting working-age adults with long-term conditions, and enabling older people to receive help and support in the community.

YAPP Charitable Trust

Grants up to £3,000 per year (for up to 3 years) for registered charities with an annual turnover under £40,000, to deliver projects working with elderly people, people with disabilities or mental health problems or various other criteria.

Barchester’s Charitable Foundation

Grants from £100 to £5,000 for individuals, small community groups and small local charities supporting people aged 65+ and adults (18+) with a physical disability or mental health problems. Applications that combat loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged will receive the highest priority in 2019.

Birkdale Trust for Hearing Impaired

This charity provides financial support to children and young people (up to mid-20s) who have a hearing impairment and to organisations who provide help to them.

The Boshier-Hinton Foundation

Grants up to £10,000 are available to charitable organisations to improve quality of life for people with disabilities, learning difficulties or sensory impairment and their families.

Lionel Wigram Memorial Trust

Grants from £400 to £3,000 for charities that are providing services for blind, deaf and disabled people.

Bruce Wake Charitable Trust

Grants that encourage and assist the provision of leisure activities for the disabled, particularly wheelchair users.

Charles Hayward Foundation

Older people is one the themes for this Foundation, which offers grants up to £25,000 (up to £7,000 for charities with an annual income less than £350,000.

CLA Charitable Trust

Grants for charities and community organisations that help those who are disabled or disadvantaged benefit from access to the countryside, and to take part in educational activities that they would not have otherwise been able to enjoy.

Disabled Facilities Grants

Government grants of up to £30,000 are available for adaptation works to disabled people’s homes.

Edward Gostling Foundation

Grants to charities that support people of all ages living on low incomes who have a physical and/or mental disability or long-term illness.

Elton John Aids Foundation – Robert Key Memorial Fund

Small, one-off grants to grassroots initiatives that deliver tangible, immediate benefits to people living with HIV.

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund

Small Grants from £250 up to £10,000 and General Grants over £10,000 to help those affected by learning disability and those conducting research into it.

James Tudor Foundation

Key themes for this Foundation include palliative care, health education and the relief of sickness.

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales – Enable Programme

Grants of up to £15,000 for projects with a variety of themes including people aged 17+ who are managing mental health problems or a learning disability.

People’s Health Trust

The Active Communities Funding Programme aims to address health inequalities in England, Scotland and Wales, and offers grants of £5,000 to £25,000 per year for two years.

Percy Bilton Charity

Grants up to £5,000 for UK registered charities whose primary objectives are to assist people with disabilities (physical or learning) or mental health problems, older people (60+) and/or disadvantaged young people (under 25 years).

Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust

This trust’s Ann Rylands Small Donations Programme offers grants of up to £1,500 to charities that support sick and disadvantaged people.

The Caron Keating Foundation

Grants up to £25,000 for registered charities that support professional carers, complementary healing practitioners and support groups dealing with cancer patients, as well as individuals and families (through these charities) who are affected by the disease.

The February Foundation

Grants for UK registered charities for a range of projects including relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage. The median award is £5,000.

Ulverscroft Foundation

Grants for organisations which help visually impaired people.

W.G. Edwards Charitable Foundation

Grants (typically between £1,000 and £3,000) for registered charities providing care for older people in the UK.

Will Charitable Trust

Grants from £3,000 to £30,000 for registered charities for the care of and services for blind people; long-term care of people with learning disabilities; and care of and services for people suffering from cancer. Charities must have a turnover of at least £50,000.

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