How we can help

How we can help

The foundation has been established to help individuals who live within an identified area of reach in and around Reading UK.

We are keen to hear from people who need help and support. We’ve made the process simple, please review the criteria and see where and how you can benefit and make an application. If you need help please get in touch.

We have 4 levels of grant applications.

Minster

Please make an application for this grant if you need £500 or less for your project/equipment or area of support.

Please complete the application form and include details of your requirements.

Reading Minster, or the Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin as it is more properly known, is the oldest ecclesiastical foundation in Reading.

Abbey

Please make an application for this grant if you need £2,500 or less for your project/equipment or area of support.

Please complete the application form and include details of your requirements.

The abbey was founded by Henry I in 1121. The Abbey’s Inner Gateway also known as the Abbey Gateway adjoins Reading’s crown court and Forbury Gardens. 

Forbury

Please make an application for this grant if you need £5,000 or less for your project/equipment or area of support.

In 1854, Forbury Hill and the eastern section of the present gardens were sold to Reading Corporation for £1200.  Work started in 1855 and the Pleasure Gardens opened on Easter Sunday 1856.

Maiwand Lion
Maiwand

Please make an application for this grant if you need £10,000 or less for your project/equipment or area of support.

The Maiwand Lion is a sculpture and war memorial in the Forbury Gardens. The statue was named after the Battle of Maiwand and was erected in 1886 to commemorate the deaths of 329 men from the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot during the campaign in Afghanistan between 1878 and 1880. The sculptor was George Blackall Simonds, a member of the Reading brewing family. 

 Who can apply

Each grant is not currently time specific. The individual grants are structured with a grant total therefore it’s important to apply to the correct grant programme.

At the moment no single award will be more than £10,000. The foundation wants to ensure that it can help as many individuals as possible and has consequently put a limit on the total grant amount awarded; this may change as more funds are raised.

For children up to the age of 18, please ensure that you have a suitable adult to support you making the application, or to make the application on your behalf. If you are under 18 and have any difficulties please contact us to discuss, we want to hear from you. 

Applications are open to individuals that live (as your place of residence) in and around Reading. If you reside in the area on the map below you would be eligible to apply.

Map of Reading

How does it work

When you submit your application you will be notified that it has been received. Applications for funding will be assessed by the Trustees. However, if a request is urgent please make us aware that a decision is time critical.

You will be advised whether you have been taken forward to the next stage. If you are unsuccessful we will also let you know.

Following a successful initial application you will either be invited to the charity office or we will visit you at your home. You will be asked to tell us more about your project, give financial details and tell us why you have made the application and what you hope to achieve.

Following this meeting a decision will be made and you will be informed verbally with confirmation in writing.

You will be asked to provide us with receipts and proof of expenditure for the grant and we will agree a time frame for it to be used. We may also ask you to support our marketing activity and help us promote the charity at any time.

How to apply

Please complete the application form below, or download and complete the form and post or e-mail it to our office.

Title

First Name

Surname

Email

Address

Postcode

Telephone

Date of Birth


If you are applying on behalf of someone else, please complete your details below:

Title

First Name

Surname

Email

Address

Postcode

Telephone

In what capacity are you applying for the person above?


Which grant level are you applying for?

Please tell us in as much detail as possible why you are making your application. Where appropriate please include any references or details to strengthen your request.

In which area of interest does your application apply?

Please tell us about your financial circumstances and reasons for seeking a grant from our Foundation.

Please provide a draft budget for your project/equipment.

Please note that we will not fund projects or equipment that can be provided by a statutory organisation. We will not provide debt relief. Applications must be genuine with all details included. All information will be treated confidentially.

We may ask you to help us with our marketing or PR material. If you would prefer to stay anonymous, please select No.

Thank you for your interest in our Foundation.

 

Grant Application