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Wesleyan Foundation opens new Mutuality Fund

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Wesleyan people celebrating 180 years

In our 180th year we want to make a bigger difference to the causes that matter most to our customers and so we are delighted to open a new 'Mutuality Fund' – a grants programme open to direct applications throughout 2021.

A total of £60,000 is being made available from the Wesleyan Foundation and applications are welcomed from charities, constituted voluntary and community groups with an income level of less than £250,000, as shown in your most recent annual accounts.

The Mutuality Fund is open for applications on a rolling basis until 3rd December 2021.

Please note that the delivery of the projects and services need to be following government guidelines in terms of social distancing at the present time. Our regular grants are still available and applications are open.

Eligibility

We'll fund:

  • Start-up costs for new organisations or projects
  • Pilot projects
  • The purchase of equipment and resources

You can apply to this fund if you are one of the following:

  • Registered charities
  • Constituted Community groups
  • Companies Limited by Guarantee with charitable aims
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Co-operatives – registered Community Benefit Societies and registered Industrial and Provident Societies
  • Social Enterprises

We unfortunately can't fund the following:

  • The advancement of religion. This includes organisations whose purposes include advancement of religion.
  • The establishment of endowment of any school or institution providing further education within the meaning of the Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 1972
  • The provision of assistance to any Housing Association within the meaning of the Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1976
  • Promotion of religious or political activity, including any flags and emblems that may deem to be associated with such
    individuals or sole traders
  • Organisations who have indicated poor management of any previous grants or who present poor financial health
  • Payment of deficit funding or repayment of loans
  • Animal welfare, unless the project benefits people (e.g. disabled riding schemes)
  • Statutory work in educational institution

Your application will be assessed by the Wesleyan Grants Panel and should you be successful we will ask you to provide proof of:

  • A written constitution / articles / set of rules
  • A copy of your most recent annual accounts or financial records showing your organisation’s balance of funds, income and reserves
  • A bank account in the name of the organisation with at least two unrelated signatories and a bank statement from the last 3 months
  • Copies of your safeguarding policies
  • Equal opportunities policy

If you need any further information please email foundation@wesleyan.co.uk

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