Rothley Trust grants are available for voluntary and community organisations undertaking general charitable activities in the north east of England. Grants up to £1,000 are available.  The Trust focuses on the needs of children and young people in areas of disadvantage. It also supports community development and groups working to help people with disabilities. The Trust wishes to know how much funding is being contributed by each group.

Applications are accepted from UK registered charities, community interest companies and constituted voluntary groups operating in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham or Cleveland. Those applying must actively work in the north east (Scottish Border down to border with North Yorkshire). Those applying must;

  • Have a charitable purpose.
    Have a written constitution.
    Have audited accounts and an annual report. (Newly formed groups should have evidence of bank or building society account and names of key people involved.)
    Be applying for a project that helps any of the following: children and young people, disability, community, education, ex-services, or the world in need.

Priority is given to organisations operating in disadvantaged areas and dealing with needs of people who have difficulties or disabilities. Local community groups at grassroots level who require support.

Funding is not available for:

  • Individuals.
  • Further education.
  • Repair of buildings used solely for worship.
  • Advancement of religion.
  • Arts, heritage or science.
  • Amateur sport.
  • Human rights, conflict resolution or reconciliation (except family mediation).
  • Environmental protection or improvement.
  • Animal welfare.
  • Residents associations
  • Parish councils.
  • University of the third age.
  • Eligible Expenditure
  • Capital costs associated with eligible projects in the following priority areas:
  • Children and young people.
  • Disability.
  • Energy saving projects.
  • Medical.
  • Community.
  • Education.
  • Ex-services.
  • World in need (if there is a link to a local charity).
  • Grants are generally made for specific projects such as the purchase of equipment or the provision, refurbishment or repair of premises. This can include energy saving devices, IT equipment and website start-up and development costs.

Wherever possible and where it is financially viable, the Trust encourages charities to choose energy efficient electrical items with an energy rating of A or above.

To Apply the Trustees consider applications four times a year in February, May, August and November.

There is no formal application form. Details of the information to be included in the written application are available on the Trust’s website here. It is preferred that applications are sent by email.

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