Baily Thomas Charitable Fund


The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund is a grant making 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 (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).

Funding is available only to organisations within and projects based in the UK.

Grants will not normally be awarded to individuals.

  • Applications will only be considered from voluntary organisations which are registered charities or are associated with a registered charity (this does not apply if you are submitting an application for a research grant). 
  • Schools and Parent Teacher Associations, Industrial & Provident Societies and other such exempt charities can also apply.
  • The Fund does not currently accept appeals from Community Interest Companies.

The submission deadline for applications seeking funding in excess of £10,000 for the meeting in November 2016 is 1 August 2016.

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.

To apply or for more information please visit the website.


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