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Boots Charitable Trust

Objectives of Fund

The aim of this fund is to support projects benefiting people in the UK (with priority for projects in Nottinghamshire), with particular emphasis given to the following themes:

  • Health
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Community Development
  • Social Care

Value Notes

Grants of between £100 and £10,000 are available. Applications for larger amounts will be considered. Grants of up to £5,000 are available for smaller voluntary organisations whose income and expenditure is less than £5,000 per year and who are not yet required to register with the Charity Commission. As part of its continued commitment to its hometown of Nottingham, Boots Charitable Trust allocates 50% of its funding to projects supporting Nottinghamshire.

Who Can Apply

Smaller voluntary organisations whose income and expenditure are less than £5,000 per year and who are not yet required to register with the Charity Commission are also eligible to apply.

Organisations with significant large reserves will be considered; however, the Trustees will prioritise funding to organisations with fewer resources.

Applicants must provide their latest annual report and detailed accounts.

Organisations can only reapply after 12 months from the date of the last donation or rejection.

Eligible Expenditure

The Trust will consider applications for funding for most expenditure items, including salary and running costs. Generally, large building or construction projects will not be funded, although minor structural improvements and refurbishments would be considered.

The Trust's four main funding priorities are as follows:

  • Health:
    • Community healthcare - community healthcare services, home care, aftercare, sufferers of medical conditions, disabled people and continuing care.
    • Health education and prevention - promoting knowledge and awareness of specific diseases or medical conditions.
  • Lifelong Learning:
    • Helping people of any age to achieve their educational potential (supplementary schools, literacy and numeracy projects, community education, vocational/restart education for the unemployed, alternative education for excluded school pupils).
  • Community Development:
    • Helping groups to organise and respond to problems and needs in their communities or networks.
    • This could include groups such as Councils for Voluntary Services and Citizens Advice Bureaux.
  • Social Care:
    • Personal social services - organisations assisting individuals or families to overcome social deprivation (eg people who are homeless or disabled and their carers, lone parent and childcare groups and other family support groups).
    • Social preventive schemes - activities preventing crime, dropping out and general delinquency and providing other social care outreach work, social health and safety awareness schemes, etc.
    • Community social activities - activities to promote social engagement for vulnerable people, mitigating against isolation and loneliness.

Additionally, a particular focus within each of these priorities is how the projects demonstrate a commitment to improving diversity, equality and inclusion within the community.

The Trust is especially interested in projects with the capacity to deliver significant impact and which reach the greatest number of people.

How To Apply

Trustee meetings are held quarterly in January, April, July and October. Applications can be submitted during the following application rounds:

  • 1 to 28 February
  • 1 to 31 May
  • 1 to 31 August
  • 1 to 30 November


No Min - £10,000
30 Nov 2024
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