The Will Charitable Trust

Health & Social Care

The Will Charitable Trust provides financial assistance (typically between £3,000-£30,000) to UK registered or exempt charities whose activities fall within the following three categories: 

  • care of and services for blind people, and the prevention and/or cure of blindness;
  • long-term care of people with learning disabilities either: in a residential care or supported living environment in a way that provides a family environment and wide choice of activities and lifestyle; or: by providing long-term day/employment activities; or
  • care of and services for people suffering from cancerand their families.

The Trustees DO NOT support:

  • Organisations that are not registered charities (or properly exempt)
  • General appeals or letters/mail-shots requesting donations (you must follow our guidelines) 
  • Individuals, or charities applying on their behalf 
  • Grant-making organisations seeking funding for the purpose of awarding grants to others 
  • Applications for less than £3,000 
  • Charities with a turnover of less than £50,000 
  • Charities with liquid (free) reserves covering more than 18 months’ expenditure unless they can clearly demonstrate that they are in financial need 
  • Charities that do not yet have a track record of service delivery (or other convincing evidence of ability) 
  • Ongoing running (including salaries) and core costs, ongoing projects or services (although they will support an extension to existing provision if additional cost is incurred), unless there is an exceptional reason to do so and if you think this is the case you should telephone the Grants Office to discuss before applying 
  • Projects which benefit people outside the UK, except in the blind field 
  • Projects which are complete (i.e. retrospective funding) 
  • Minibuses 
  • Academic research projects 
  • Campaigning or lobbying projects 
  • Work usually considered a statutory responsibility 
  • Items of equipment intended for use by the NHS 

Deadlines:

  • Projects supporting blind people and those with learning disabilities can apply between 1 November and 31 January, annually.
  • Projects supporting cancer care can apply between 1 June and 31 August, annually.

For more information and how to apply please click here.

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