The Wesleyan Foundation was established in 2017 to support various good causes throughout the UK.
The Foundation has been set up with a number of different community foundations, including the Heart of England Community Foundation which is managing the Fund in the West Midlands and Warwickshire on behalf of the Wesleyan Foundation.
The funding is intended for charities, voluntary and community groups that are based within the region covered by the Wesleyan network and that are working to promote or improve health, education or social development in the West Midlands and Warwickshire.
Grants are available to registered charities and community groups that promote or improve health, education or social development in the West Midlands and Warwickshire.
Two levels of grants are available:
- Small Grants of up to £2,000.
- Large Grants of between £2,000 and £10,000.
Grants requests should be for no more than 20% of the organisation’s annual income. Funding must be spent within one year.
Applications are accepted from registered charities and constituted voluntary and community groups, including Companies Limited by Guarantee with charitable aims, Community Interest Companies, Co-operatives, registered Community Benefit Societies and registered Industrial and Provident Societies, and Social Enterprises.
Eligible applicants must have:
- An annual income of less than £500,000.
- Been running for at least two years.
- A management committee/board of trustees/board of directors with at least three unrelated people as members.
- A written constitution/articles/set of rules.
- A safeguarding policy (if working with children or vulnerable adults) and an equal opportunities policy.
Organisations must be based in Coventry, Solihull, Warwickshire, Birmingham or the Black Country.
Projects must fall under at least one of the following categories:
- Education – Charities or projects that enhance learning and develop career opportunities.
- Health – Promote health and wellbeing.
- Social – Provide local solutions to meet local needs, promote community cohesion and develop sustainable and supportive communities.
Grants can be made for a wide range of purposes, including consumables, activity or project costs. Any requests for salary, equipment, volunteer costs must be clearly budgeted and only used for the project. No more than 10% of the project costs can be assigned to operational/core costs.
Applications for the Large and Small Grants schemes can be made at any time.
Small grant applications are divided into two separate funds with separate application forms – one for projects based in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire; the other for projects based in Birmingham and the Black Country. There is only one application form for large grants, which applies to projects based across the West Midlands.
Applications should include:
- A copy of the organisation’s most recent annual accounts or financial records showing the balance of funds, income and reserves.
- A bank statement from the last three months.
- Copies of any relevant safeguarding/equal opportunities policies.
- Quotes for capital items over £300.
Online application forms and guidance information is available to access from the Heart of England Community Foundation website.
Heart of England Community Foundation
c/o PSA Group
2 Sunbeam Way
Tel: 02476 883297