Grants are available to registered charities and community groups that promote or improve health, education or social development in the West Midlands and Warwickshire.
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.
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 Constituted Community groups, 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 and conducting projects anywhere in the West Midlands and Warwickshire.
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.
How to apply:
Applications for Small Grants can be made at any time. Online application forms and guidance information is available to access from the Heart of England Community Foundation website: http://www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk/wesleyan-foundation-grants/
The Large Grants scheme is currently closed. Information on future funding rounds will be provided when it becomes available.
Small grant applications are divided into two separate funds with separate application forms – one for organisations based in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire; the other for organisations based in Birmingham and the Black Country.
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.
For more information:
Heart of England Community Foundation
c/o PSA Group
Tel: 024 7688 3297