Earley Charity £200,000 Bicentenary Fund – Capital Grants

Article date
13 May 2019
Primary interest
Voluntary sector
Celebrating 200 years of active philanthropy: The Earley Charity Bicentenary, 1820 to 2020

The Earley Charity will be celebrating 200 years of active philanthropy in 2020. To mark this significant milestone, the Trustees have set up a £200,000 Bicentenary Fund. The fund is aimed at capital projects being undertaken by local organisations which work in and/or predominately serve the charity’s area of benefit*. 

By capital we mean bricks and mortar such as new builds, extensions and large scale refurbishments. The Trustees intend to support a number of projects through this fund.

In the first instance the Trustees are seeking Expressions of Interest from local organisations that have well-developed plans for a distinctive capital project which may be supported by this new fund. To be eligible you must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • your organisation works and/or predominantly serves the Earley Charity’s area of benefit
  • you have confirmed planning permissions in place
  • your project is due to start or complete in 2020
  • the project is viable/partially funded.

If you have a significant project that meets the above criteria, we would like to hear from you and invite you to submit an Expression of Interest. This should be no more than 2 sides of A4 plus a single page visual representation, eg architectural plan/drawing or artist’s impression (no other appendices, please) and must include the following information:

  • a brief outline of the project and the benefits it will deliver
  • project start and end dates
  • current project status
  • the overall project budget, and details of funding/financing already secured
  • the amount of funding still required
  • a list of the major project partners and actual/potential co-funders.
Closing date for receipt of proposals is 12 noon on Monday 17 June 2019
Further information

Mark your proposal BICENTENARY and email to ec@earleycharity.org.uk

If there is potential for funding, you will be invited to give a short presentation to Trustees on the afternoon of Monday 15 July 2019 at the Charity’s offices.  Please note you will be required to provide additional documentation (including formal legal documentation) on the day. Trustees will then shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the next stage.

*  In practice this means all of Earley (Lower Earley and “old Earley”), the northern part of Shinfield, Winnersh, south Reading (including Whitley), east Reading (including Newtown), central Reading (as far west as the Reading West railway line), Sonning and lower Caversham. Please see our website for a detailed map.