In general, the trust likes to help projects that are small scale (with grants of typically £125 to £2,500) , that would find it hard to get funding from big trusts and where the grant can make a real difference. It is becoming increasingly focused on education, in the broadest sense of the term.
Things the trustees ask when looking at applications include:
- Is it something new for this particular area?
- Is it small?
- Is it run by ordinary people, not professionals?
- Will it find it hard to get support elsewhere?
- Does it have the potential to become self-supporting?
- Is it outward looking, rather than being focused on its own members?
Recent grants have included:
- Helping teach English to refugees and immigrants who want to work in the social care sector.
- Young volunteers offering beach lifeguarding.
- A patchwork quilting group for vulnerable adults and OAPs.
- The creation of a Wildlife Pond and and wildflower beds/banks on the expanse of landscaped grass at the rear of an ‘extra care establishment’.
- A drop in cafe for 11-18 year olds.