Grassroots Endowment Fund

The Grassroots/ Richard Weare Endowment fund is made up of donations to the Government-funded Grassroots Grants programme (2008-2011), which increased donations by 100%.

The most significant contribution to the scheme was from The Richard Weare Charitable Trust, founded by the late Colonel Richard Weare JP DL. We are proud to honour this contribution in the grant scheme’s name.

Today these two funds, together with other donations, have created a permanent endowment that will benefit our communities today and for years to come.

Funding is available for projects that:-

  • ​ Support personal development, education or training
  • Assist groups providing care and support services to reduce social isolation

Size of grants

Up to £3,000

Who can apply?

Please read our ‘How to Apply‘ page for information on general eligibility.

Applications will be accepted from small mainly volunteer led, charities and voluntary and community groups with a total income of under £30k per annum


How to apply?

Before applying, please read the Grassroots Guidance Notes for  this grant scheme carefully.

Applications are only considered complete when all supporting documentation has been received either attached to the online application or posted to the office as paper copies.


When to apply?

Applications to this fund will be assessed on an ongoing basis subject to available funds. Decisions on awards in 2020/21 will be made in  June, September, December and March.

Deadlines for applications to be considered at each meeting will be:

  • 4th May 2020
  • 10th August 2020
  • 2nd November 2020
  • 1st February 2021

Applications received after these deadlines will go forward into the next decision making meeting.

We regret to advise that due to the current Coronavirus crisis in the United Kingdom, with the support of our funders and donors we are putting on hold the processing of grants that are not directly related to projects seeking to alleviate the effects of this crisis on the community, to mitigate the effects of the crisis on local voluntary sector groups or work related to flood recovery

For details of the Coronavirus Community Fund and to make an application if the above applies to your group, please click here to see the details. We are positively encouraging groups to apply to us for support during this period and putting on hold other grant making allows us to prioritise this work.

If you would like any further information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing 

Recently awarded grants

Recently Awarded Grants