Baily Thomas Charitable Fund – Next deadline 1st August 2017


The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund is a registered charity which was established primarily to aid the research into learning disability and to aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability by making grants to voluntary organisations working in this field.

Learning Disabilities Learning disabilities (intellectual disabilities), and autism are our priorities for funding.  We consider projects for children or adults.  We do not give grants for research into or care of people with mental illness, dyslexia, dyspraxia nor ADHD, if they do not also have learning disabilities (intellectual disabilities).

The Fund’s work is linked with The Rix-Thompson-Rothenberg Foundation therefore applicants cannot apply to both.  If you receive a grant from either trust you are not eligible to reapply to the Fund until 2 years from receipt of the grant.


Funding is normally considered for capital and revenue costs and for both specific projects and for general running/core costs.

Grants are awarded for amounts from £250 and depend on a number of factors including the purpose, the total funding requirement and the potential sources of other funds including, in some cases, matching funding.

Normally one-off grants are awarded but exceptionally a new project may be funded over two or three years, subject to satisfactory reports of progress.

Grants should normally be taken up within one year of the issue of the grant offer letter which will include conditions relating to the release of the grant.

The following areas of work normally fall within the Fund’s current policy providing they benefit the learning disabled:

  • Capital building/renovation/refurbishment works for residential, nursing and respite care, and schools;
  • Employment schemes including woodwork, crafts, printing and horticulture;
  • Play schemes and play therapy schemes;
  • Day and social activities centres including building costs and running costs;
  • Support for families, including respite schemes;
  • Independent living schemes;
  • Support in the community schemes;
  • Snoezelen rooms.

We do not normally fund:

  • Hospices;
  • Minibuses except those for residential and/or day care services for the learning disabled;
  • Advocacy projects;
  • Conductive Education projects;
  • Arts and theatre projects;
  • Swimming and hydro-therapy pools;
  • Physical disabilities unless accompanied by significant learning disabilities.
  • Grants for acquired brain injury unless the resulting learning disabilities occur early in the developmental period (i.e. birth, infancy or childhood), impacting on brain maturation and development and learning in childhood.
  • Appeals which are ethnically or religiously selective which the Fund defines as therefore not benefitting the wider community.

Applications for General funding – deadlines

The submission deadline for applications seeking funding in excess of £10,000 for the meeting in June 2017 was 1 March.  The next deadline for such applications is 1 August for consideration at the November meeting.

If your application is considered under the Small Grants procedure (i.e. if the appeal is for £10,000 and below),then this will be reviewed by the Trustees ahead of the usual meetings and there is therefore no deadline for submitting an appeal. 

General information

Following the meeting all applicants are contacted formally to advise on the status of their application.

Please feel free to submit your application whenever you are ready, rather than waiting for the deadline.

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