The Cotton Trust – Grants


The Cotton Trust do not have their own website, but details can be found on the Charity Commission Website by searching for The Cotton Trust, Charity No. 1094776.

Grants are awarded for capital expenditure for specific projects or items of specialist equipment, and occasionally for itemised running costs. Grants of between ?250 and ?2000 are given to UK charities working to relieve suffering, eliminate and control disease, and to those that work with disabled, diseased and disadvantaged people of all ages.

The following excerpt has been taken from the Trust’s latest accounts on the Charity Commission website.

The following outlines how grants were awarded during 2014-2015 (figures for 2013-2014 are shown in brackets): – A total of 100 (93) organisations were supported by way of 109 (108) charitable grants amounting to £196,728 (£218,119), of which £176,728 was approved during the year. –

Of the above, grants totalling a sum of £114,238 (£85,120) and representing approximately 58% of the total amount distributed were awarded to projects operating overseas. This sum included 6 grants totalling £31,000 (£30,000) for emergency and disaster relief appeals (Typhoon Haiyan recovery, Ebola crisis, South Sudan, Syria and Lebanon, Calais), and a further 2 grants of £10,000 each were made to Camfed and ReSurge Africa in line with three-year commitments to these two charities. – The remaining £82,490 (£92,999) was granted to charities operating within the UK, representing just over 42% of the total amount distributed. Of this, £33,260 (£42,720) was granted to Leicester Charity Link, of which £30,000 was used by LCL to help meet the costs of small hardship grants, with the remainder being used towards the costs of bespoke mobility equipment and home adaptations for identified individuals with disabilities in Leicestershire.

Although there is some overlap, a general indication of charitable activities supported by The Cotton Trust in 2014-15 in the UK and overseas is as follows: –

Emergency / disaster appeals and associated continuing relief efforts: 6 grants totalling £31,000. – Specialist medical and therapist training, medical and therapeutic equipment including medicines, bespoke mobility equipment, hoists, home adaptations and glasses: 20 grants totalling £30,487. – Health, welfare and community support projects e.g. vocational training, health education, physiotherapy, psychotherapy and therapeutic treatment, food and water security projects, assistance for displaced people, outreach and advocacy services, empowerment of ‘at risk’ groups, help-lines, clothing, volunteer training, HIV/AIDS support services, agricultural and business selfhelp initiatives: 56 grants totalling £79,630. – Enabling school-aged children to access education e.g. support for education of girls in Africa, school books, food and equipment, construction projects (classrooms, latrines etc): 16 grants totalling £41,361. – Support for carers and holidays, adventure days and respite breaks for disadvantaged and/or disabled adults and children: 11 grants totalling £14,250.


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