Discovery Inclusion Grants

This programme is currently paused.

This page contains all the information you need to apply to this fund. At the bottom of the page is a link to an application form. All the questions from the application form can also be downloaded as a word document.

Introduction

Adults with learning disabilities and autism are often prevented from taking part in things that many of us take for granted. This is because they face barriers that others don’t always see.

We want to break down some of these barriers with this money. We want it to open places, spaces and services that adults with learning disabilities and autism have in the past found difficult to access. By funding these changes, we want to make it easier for people to enjoy their community, take part in things they enjoy, and make new friends.

You can ask us for up to £10,000 to make sure your place, space or service is accessible and inclusive. This fund is for groups providing mainstream community services and not for specialist learning disability and autism providers.

The fund will remain open throughout 2023, with decisions made every 8 weeks. We may close the fund earlier if we receive a lot of good applications.

Who can apply for this money?

You can only apply for this money if you work or volunteer for a group that:

We welcome applications from groups that exist to support people in their local community. We can award money to groups that are not registered charities, but the purpose of the funding must be charitable. This means we can give a grant to:

You must demonstrate how you have, or plan to, create your solution with adults with learning disabilities and autism. This does not mean asking people what they think after you have spent the money. It means you need to involve adults with learning disabilities and autism from the very beginning.

What can I use this money for?

You can only use these grants to make what you already do more accessible and welcoming.

This will involve removing some of the barriers that people face at your place, space or service. These barriers might be:

Remember, barriers like these can be compounded by someone’s gender, ethnicity, religion or sexuality. You might want to think about this when you’re planning your project.

You can spend the grant on:

Here’s some examples of what we’re interested in funding. This isn’t everything we’ll fund, so please talk to us about your ideas if you’re not sure.

We might fund:

What can’t I use this money for?

We can’t give money to:

How much money is available?

We have about £200,000 to give out, and expect to make about 25 grants.

How do I make an application?

You can apply for this money using our online application form via one of the links below.

If you would like to see what you have to do before you start filling in the online application form, then this word document includes all the questions.

By clicking the button below you’ll be taken to a registration page. Read the instructions and then enter your email address. We’ll email you a link to an online form. If you don’t see an email from us after a few minutes, then please check your spam folder.

You don’t have to complete the form in one go. Instead, you can complete some sections then click ‘save draft’ at the bottom of the page. Use the link in your email to return to the form at another time.

You also need to attach the following documents alongside your application:

Finally, you must read the terms and conditions and click ‘submit’.

Please contact us if you can’t use the online form, or you are unable to attach any of the documents. We’ll support you to make your application in another way.

You must submit your application by the deadline, including all supporting documents. If you cannot attach your supporting documents, then these can by submitted separately using the contact details on the application form. However, they must reach us by the deadline.

What happens to your application?

Every application we receive by the deadline will be looked at by staff at Somerset Community Foundation. If you meet the criteria and have supplied all the supporting documents, then we’ll read your application and make a recommendation to Discovery.

We’re more likely to recommend a grant if you:

Need help?

This fund is managed by Andy Ridgewell, who works for Somerset Community Foundation. It’s usually best to email him here to ask a question or to arrange a time to talk.

Ready to apply?

This programme is currently paused.

 


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