ACT Foundation: Charity Grant Programme
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Grant amount: Unspecified amount
Applicant type: Nonprofit
Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program, Capital Project
Location of project: United Kingdom
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At ACT, we believe that people living with a mental and/or physical disability or a long-term illness should have the same choices, quality of life opportunities and aspirations as others. To help us achieve this goal we provide a fast-track Small Grants Programme for applications under £10K and a Large Grants Programme for applications of £10K or over.
We like all of our grants to have a significant impact across one or more of our 4 life "themes" and to become one of our charity partners you will need to demonstrate how your project outputs meet our objectives in one or more of these themes. Our themes are broad ranging and we support many activities within each.
In your application we ask you to select the theme you believe best fits your grant application and to provide us with a detailed brief of the outputs and change you hope to bring about with our support. To help you, we provide a brief description of each theme below and some examples of the outputs/services that you will be able to deliver with our grant support:
Health and Wellbeing
In this theme we are looking to support partner charities in providing access to community facilities offering support services that maintain, improve and advance the health and welfare of people living with disabilities and/or long-term illnesses.
Grants will support:
- information providing, guidance, advice, training and moral and emotional support to individuals and their families and carers
- centres that provide clinical services including therapies and medical provision (e.g. physiotherapy, oxygen therapy, pilates etc. access to counselling and early intervention services
- independent hospices and care homes
Independent Living at Home
People living with disabilities and/or long-term illnesses prefer to live independently at home. It creates less stress and anxiety and generally aids their overall health and well-being. In this theme we are looking for charity partners that need funding to support people who wish to remain living in their own home for as long as is practically possible. Grants should help support:
- safe and independent access around the home
- equipment to aid getting in and out of chairs, beds and bathrooms easily and independently
- communication and access to the external community
- people to go outside, use community facilities and generally enjoy and feel part of family life
Through this theme we wish to recognise the fantastic and hugely important work undertaken by the family care giver. The physical, emotional and financial consequences for a carer can be overwhelming without some support. We are looking for partner charities providing facilities in the UK where either the person living with a disability and/or long-term illnesses or the individual caring for them can go to access sports and leisure activities or simply enjoy fun, friendship and the opportunity to socialise and share with others who may be in a similar situation.
Taking a short break from the responsibility of caring for a loved one or being afforded a break with the knowledge that the person they care for is being well looked after at a safe and caring specialist respite provider, will ultimately prove to be beneficial to the health and well-being of the family caregiver.
Transition is a journey through education, training or personal development into employment, long-term volunteering or other meaningful day time activity, leading to independence, affordable housing and/or supported living. We want our grants to work towards these goals by providing the fundamental life skills and infrastructure necessary to allow people to reach their full potential in all areas of life and to become a valued member of their local community.
An example of some of the outputs we would expect to see from our grant support across this theme:
- education, training, coaching and development to promote independent living and/or support to help people into paid work, vocational services or volunteering
- affordable housing and/or supported living in the local community
- day services supporting people with general life skills e.g. computing, cooking, arts and crafts.
You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.
- Please note that we only accept requests for funding from Charities registered and regulated by a UK Charity Commission
- Application Guidelines
- Your project must support one of our 4 life "themes"
- You must be a UK Registered Charity with a minimum of 3 years filed accounts
- You must sign and accept our standard Terms and Conditions
- By making an application you are agreeing to our Privacy & Data Protection Policy and also our Equality Policy
- Whilst there is no restriction as to the size of the charitable organisation that can apply, we will prioritise applications from small to medium size charities who are making a significant impact in their community and who may lack the time and resources to be able to focus on their fundraising.
- What we will not fund:
- We do not fund projects that are completed by the time of our decision
- We do not fund projects that support a political or religious persuasion
- We do not fund Statutory services including local or national authorities, NHS hospitals or services, prisons and state schools except where the school is wholly for students with additional needs.
- We do not fund universities, further education colleges or independent schools except where the facility is wholly for students with additional needs.
- We do not fund core operating costs except in connection with setting up a new service or where the charity has an income of £1M or less and the application is made under our Small Grants Programme.
- We will not fund other grant making charities except through a match funding partnership
- We will not fund community centres and youth clubs except where those benefiting have physical and/or a mental disability, are elderly or suffering from a long-term illness.
- We do not accept applications for overseas projects.
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