Wokingham United    
Supporting people in need in Wokingham since 1451

Relief of Poverty Charity – Grants for Organisations

We know that one of the quickest ways to have a positive impact on our local communities is to fund local organisations and charities that are already doing great work, and helping them to achieve more.

In 2019/20 we are prioritising grants to support work as follows:

Priority areas: Work to support the three most deprived communities in our Area of Benefit (Norreys Estate, Gorse Ride Estate, and the St Sebastian’s area in Wokingham Without).

School-based work: Assist schools to improve the opportunities available for disadvantaged children and families.

Addressing isolation and loneliness: Projects that help tackle the increasing problems of isolation and loneliness amongst the elderly and other vulnerable groups in our community. 

Preventing homelessness: Early intervention support to people who are at risk of becoming homeless or re-establishing a home.

Our Relief in Need Fund awards grants of up to £5,000 (for the School-based work, grants up to £2,000) to enable not-for-profit organisations to do something they otherwise couldn’t afford to. We have a Grants Committee that meets regularly to review applications and award grants from each programme.

We are currently updating our Grants Programme which will be launching soon

Grant Programme

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Application Form

Priority areas
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School-based work





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Addressing isolation and loneliness





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Your project/activity must be designed to support people residing in our ‘area of benefit’, covering the civil parishes of Wokingham, Wokingham Without, Finchampstead, Hurst and Ruscombe.  If you are not sure whether you qualify, please type your postcode into mapit.mysociety.org and check the “Civil Parish/Community”.

We are interested in projects that prevent or relieve need in our community. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. We are also interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting your community.

We will give priority to joint applications from locally-based groups, working together to deliver successful and sustainable approaches to tackling disadvantage.

Who can apply?

We offer funding to organisations supporting people in our Area of Benefit who are either in need or on low income or both.  With the exception of the “Schools-based work” programme, any not-for-profit organisation can apply, however, larger organisations are unlikely to be successful.  For non-charitable organisations, additional requirements apply.

What we can’t fund?

Some of the items we are unable to fund are listed below.

How to apply

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Priority areas application form PDF Here Doc Here
School-based work application form PDF Here Doc Here
Addressing isolation and loneliness application form PDF Here Doc Here

Please read the application guidance to help you decide which fund is right for you and to access the relevant application form. Alternatively, contact the Grants Office, email: grants@wokinghamunitedcharities.org.uk

Need Analysis Research 2017

On the surface, the Wokingham area has a reputation as a great place to live, but dig deeper and the most vulnerable in our community face severe challenges.  Our research found many local organisations making a real difference yet struggling to access grant funding due to Wokingham’s ‘least deprived’ reputation.  Please contact us if you would like to see our research.

Further details of our individuals grant programmes are here