Barchester’s Charitable Foundation – rolling funding

Article date
8 March 2021
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

The focus of the Barchester’s Charitable Foundation is about connecting or re-connecting people with others in their local community. Applications are supported that combat loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged. In particular they support:

  • Older people 65+
  • Adults (18+) with a physical or learning disability
  • Adults (18+) with mental health problems

They are a unique charity that helps individuals, but please note that all applications for named individuals must be completed by a third party who knows the individual in a professional or community-based capacity. This could be a Barchester staff member, healthcare professional, a social or citizens’ advice worker or a charity representative for example. Any application submitted by the named individual or family will not be processed. They also help small community groups and small local charities.

Applications are favoured that help improve people’s mobility, independence and quality of life. Grants range from £100 up to £5,000, with the recent average grant being approximately £775. They are particularly keen to provide grants which enable groups and individuals to mix, join in social activities and reduce their danger of isolation and loneliness. See link below to application form and please note the following exclusions.

Grants will not be made to named individuals for:
  • Medical and dental treatment, including therapy
  • Services and equipment provided in a care home operated by Barchester Healthcare or by any other care home company (e.g. adequate seating)
  • Home improvements and property repairs
  • Basic household items such as white goods, carpeting and furniture (including specialist beds and recliner chairs)
  • Cars, driving lessons and holidays abroad
  • Daily living costs (e.g. rent, utility bills, clothing) or repayment of debts
Grants will not be made to community groups and small charities for:
  • Core/running costs and salaries
  • Indirect services such as help lines, website, newsletters, leaflets or research
  • Major building projects or large capital projects, including minibuses
  • Training of staff and training of volunteers
Further details