Equipment Grants for Mentally & Physically Disadvantaged Children (UK)

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Equipment Grants for Mentally & Physically Disadvantaged Children (UK)
Schools and not for profit organisations have the opportunity to apply for funding through the Wooden Spoon Society’s Capital Grants programme. Wooden Spoon the British and Irish Rugby charity which supports mentally, physically disadvantaged children. Through the programme funding is available for buildings and extensions; equipment & activity aids; sensory rooms and gardens; playgrounds and sports areas; transport and soft playrooms.

Since being founded in 1983, Wooden Spoon has made grants of over £20 million to more than 500 projects in the British Isles. Projects funded in the past have included Ashmount School in Leicestershire, which received a grant of £13,500 towards a sensory room; Enfield Heights Academy in London which received a grant of £23,000 to improve its play areas; and the Colehill &Wimborne Youth & Community Centre which received a grant of £8,000 towards a wheelchair lift.

Applications can be made at any time and applicants should contact their regional volunteer group. Subject to an application being approved by Wooden Spoon Trustees, the Society require a minimum of one Wooden Spoon membership to be taken out by a representative of the applicant organisation

How to apply

If your project shares our aim of making a positive impact on the lives of children and young people through a commitment to quality charitable work, it may be eligible for a Wooden Spoon grant.

We ask that you review our qualifying criteria below before completing and returning an application form to projects@woodenspoon.org.uk or our national office address.

If a project is a physical, tangible asset of a permanent nature, the following must apply:

  • It must have a minimum predicted life span of five years (preferably ten), be non-transferable and of a permanent nature. Special consideration may be given to funding life-enhancing/medical equipment if it can be shown that the useable life of such equipment is likely to be at least five years.
  • Grants will not be considered for salaries, administration costs, professional fees and on-going overheads related to a capital project.

If a project is educational or disability sports-focused, the following must apply:

  • There must be a key rugby element to engage children and young people.
  • It must have a clearly-defined brief detailing the project’s need and objectives; stakeholders; description of participants (age, gender, geography); recruitment of participants; project activity and budget; legacy planning; monitoring and evaluation and mechanism for reporting to Wooden Spoon.
  • Grants will be considered for kit and equipment, salaries and administration costs.

Projects must:

  • Enhance and support the lives of children and young people (under the age of 25) who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.
  • Work directly with children and young people and have a positive influence on their lives as a result of the activities or service provided.
  • Benefit those located in the UK or Ireland.
  • Support a group – we cannot make grants to individuals.

While there is neither a minimum nor maximum grant level, it is unlikely projects of a physical nature under £5,000 in value will have sufficient substance and scale to qualify under the “projected life span” criteria.

If you think you are eligible for a Wooden Spoon grant, please contact us for a copy of our application form at projects@woodenspoon.org.uk.

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