Generally, capital grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 are available for UK registered charities with an annual turnover of under £100,000 that are supporting older people aged 65 and over.

Application deadlineMONDAY 10th JUNE 2024. Further application deadlines for 2024 are provided at the end of the main text below.
o FunderThe W G Edwards Charitable Foundation (founded 1985. Charity number 293312. Total value of all grants awarded during the year ended 5 April 2023: £130,545 (2022: £125,134; 2021: £103,905)).
o Who can applyUK registered charities with an annual turnover of under £100,000.
o Key wordsHealth and Wellbeing, Social Welfare, Elderly/Older People, Building Projects, Refurbishment, Care/Carers, Care Homes, Lunch Clubs, Horticulture, Digital, Day Trips, United Kingdom.

The aims of the W G Charitable Foundation are to assist with the provision of care for older people (aged 65 and over) through existing charities, principally with capital projects but also other innovative schemes for ongoing care, in particular by:

o Supporting as many projects as possible, even if this means smaller individual grants.
o Donating to refurbishment/building projects nearing completion rather than those in the planning stage.
o Supporting all kinds of groups of older people;
o Sponsoring individual named items of expenditure rather than donating into a pool or an unrestricted fund, 
o Ensuring that any funding is properly spent on those specific items sponsored.

Projects should fall into one of the following two categories:

1. Health and welfare – grants are for the refurbishment of residential care housing for the elderly and for building projects which are nearing completion. Consideration will also be given to the provision of equipment and furniture to enhance care and improve quality of life, and/or
2. Community and innovation – grants for community initiatives such as exercise classes for the over-65s, lunch clubs, horticultural therapy and day trips. Consideration will also be given to technology projects aimed at benefitting those aged 65 and over.

While there are no minimum or maximum grant award levels, the vast majority of grants tend to be for between £1,000 and £3,000. There is no specified requirement for matched funding.

UK registered charities providing services to older people may apply, providing the charity has an annual turnover of £100,000 or less and has been registered as a charity for at least 2 years.

During the year ending 5 April 2023, the Foundation awarded 91 grants totalling £130,545 (2022: 77 grants totalling £125,134; 2021: 89 grants totalling £103,905).

A breakdown of grants awarded by geographic area and type is provided on page 3 of the Foundation’s annual report, while a list of all grant recipients during the year can be found on pages 17 and 18.

The Foundation meets 4 times each year to review applications. The remaining deadlines for 2024 are:

o Monday 10th June for the Foundation’s meeting in July 2024.
o Tuesday 10th September for the Foundation’s meeting in October 2024, 
o Tuesday 10th December for the Foundation’s meeting in January 2025

Applications should be made in writing following the guidance on the Foundation’s website.

Contact details for the Foundation are:

Professor Wendy Savage
The W G Edwards Charitable Foundation
14 Windsor Terrace
South Gosforth
0191 2843612