The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund is a registered charity which was established to provide both research and project funding in the area of learning disability and to aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability. The Trust consider under learning disability the conditions generally referred to as severe learning difficulties, including autism, and fund projects concerning children or adults.
Grants are made to cover capital projects and core costs to include staff costs, general running and office costs at charitable organisations, schools and centres.
Projects funded include:
- Capital works for residential, nursing and respite care, and schools
- Employment schemes including woodwork, crafts, printing and horticulture
- Play schemes and play therapy schemes
- Day and social activities centres including building costs and running costs
- Support for families, including respite schemes
- Independent living schemes
- Support in the community schemes
- Snoezelen rooms.
Applications will only be considered from voluntary organisations which are registered charities or are associated with a registered charity. Schools and Parent Teacher Associations and Industrial & Provident Societies can also apply. Funding in the past has ranged in value from £250 to £150,000.
The next deadline for applications seeking funding in excess of £10,000 1st April 2018 for consideration at the June 2018 meeting.
Applications for £10,000 and below are considered under the Small Grants procedure and reviewed by the Trustees ahead of the usual meetings so can be submitted at any time.
Recent awards have been made to:
- Rose Road Association, £30,000 Towards capital costs and funding of short breaks.
- Stepping Stones Play and Learn Group, £25,000 Towards core costs of Play Group.
- Willow Tree Garden, £30,000 Towards refurbishment and development of buildings connected with the woodworking workshops.