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Social care

AFTAID – Aid for the Aged in Distress

By | Funding Opportunities, Social care

Individuals, their families and neighbours, members of the voluntary sector or professionals working with older people in distress in the UK can apply to AFTAID for indirect financial assistance to purchase essential items.

Written support from a Social Worker, Doctor or other professional is required.

Grants are paid directly to the provider or supplier of goods. The beneficiary must be at least 65 years old, on a low income and a UK citizen living in the UK.

AFTAID is a continuous rolling programme.

For more information Tel: 0870 803 1950 or go to the website

Douglas Arter Foundation

By | Funding Opportunities, Social care

The Foundation provides grants for charitable organisations undertaking projects for the benefit of people with a range of physical and mental disabilities.

Funding is available for project costs. All grants are made on a one off basis with no ongoing commitment.

Applications may be submitted at any time. The Trustees meet in March, June, September and December and successful applicants will be notified within two weeks of meetings.

Applications must be made in writing and should include a copy of the organisation’s most recent account to: Miss Belinda Jane Arter, Fern Villa, Melksham Road, Patterdown, Chippenham. SN15 2NR

The Garfield Weston Foundation

By | Funding Opportunities, Social care

The Garfield Weston Foundation – grants for specific activities or programmes, for Capital projects (i.e. buildings and equipment) and also towards an organisation’s core costs
The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, grant-making trust which has been supporting charities across the UK for over 50 years.

From small community groups to large national institutions, their aim is to support organisations that have effective solutions to helping those most in need.

The Foundation supports a broad range of organisations and activities that share a commitment to making a positive impact to the lives of the communities in which they work, and that are driven by a desire to achieve excellence.

They make grants across the UK to organisations in the following categories:

  • Arts
  • Education
  • Youth
  • Health
  • Community
  • Environment
  • Faith
  • Museums & Heritage
  • Welfare

The Foundation aims to be responsive to where need is greatest. They therefore support a wide range of charitable activity rather than having specific priorities for funding or regional bias. The Trustees support excellence and, rather than predetermining where funds should be given, prefer to respond on a flexible basis to organisations that can show that they are addressing a need and that their work is high quality.

The Foundation appreciates how challenging it is for charities to raise funds and aims to keep the process of applying uncomplicated with a one-stage application.

They have two main streams of activity:

  1. Major Grants – £100,000 and above
  2. Regular Grants – ranging from £1,000 – £99,999

On average, approximately 1,500 charities across the UK benefit each year from grants made by the Foundation ranging from the smallest community and volunteer projects through to large national organisations.

Despite the diversity of organisations and projects the Foundation funds, the common themes are charities that demonstrate quality and excellence with projects that have clear outcomes and benefits, good leadership and sensible business plans.

The Trustees are especially keen to see applications for core and project costs for charities delivering services directly to beneficiaries, especially in the welfare, youth and community fields, and also in regions of economic disadvantage.

For more information go to their website

Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation

By | Funding Opportunities, Local Funding, Social care
Deadline 13th May
Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation was established by the Society in 1999 to support the communities around its nationwide network of branches by making donations to charities working in those areas. Since it’s establishment the foundation has made total donations of over £890,000.

To find out about the kind of groups which can apply, the sort of projects the Charitable Foundation can consider, and how to apply go to the website


Wednesday 12th June 2019. Last date for applications is Monday 13th May 2019.

Wednesday 4th September 2019. Last date for applications is Monday 5th August 2019.

Wednesday 6th November 2019. Last date for applications is Monday 7th October 2019.