Awards may be granted to local and regional registered charities in Birmingham, Worcestershire and the four Black Country boroughs (Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Walsall and Dudley).
Applications from new charities, if successful tend to lead to an initial grant award up to £3,000, often for capital appeals or specific projects.
Subsequent awards may be made in addition to the initial grant, after a period of no less than 12 months and annually thereafter. Approximately half of the beneficiaries of the charitable trust are ‘regularly’ supported in this way with annual grants for core funding.
In accordance with the trusts aims we undertake due diligence, periodically visiting the charities we regularly support. This may include a site visit every other year to the charities premises and meeting with the leadership team.
In addition, charities need to be of sufficient size and long enough established to have adequate financial management and governance controls in place.
Furthermore, the expected impact of any grant needs to be clear and there must be assurance that any project could not be funded from a charity’s own reserves.
Accordingly, large national and international charities are generally not supported even if a project is being undertaken in the beneficial area.