A charity has to have ‘objects’ and our constitution states that when we make a grant, it must (in normal circumstances) be for one of the following causes:
- The relief of poverty
- The advancement of education
- The saving of lives
- The advancement of community development
- The advancement of the arts and culture
- The advancement of amateur sport
- The advancement of environmental protection and improvement.
So for example:
- a group wishing to provide Christmas dinner for local homeless people could apply to us for a grant to buy the food
- an amateur sports club could apply to us for a grant to provide equipment to enable local people to become fit and improve their health and wellbeing
- a support group could apply for a grant to pay for a coach to take a group of disabled people out for a day.
Equally, there are certain projects which we are unable to consider:
- we do not make grants to projects that are completed by the time of our decision
- we do not make grants to projects that support groups or individuals outside our local area.