Wokingham United Charities
Wokingham United Charities

Relief in Need Grants - Organisations

Relief in need Grants are available for charities and community groups in our area of benefit, the Borough of Wokingham. We fund projects that provide innovative, sustainable and preventative solutions to issues in the Borough. We have a particular interest in supporting charities/projects that break the cycle of poverty and relieve financial hardship with a preventative aspect. This work may include but is not limited to, supporting access to employment and further training, money management and debt advice, mental health and wellbeing.

Who can apply
To be eligible the organisation must:

  • be a UK registered charity, not for profit organisation, a voluntary or community group, a social enterprise or community interest company
  • be able to provide up-to-date accounts
  • have a bank account in the name of the organisation
  • Provide evidence that the service/support takes place in our area of benefit or service users are predominantly residents of our area of benefit *

If you were granted funding the previous year, you will not be a priority this year but your application may still be considered.

We fund-
  • Running Costs
  • Salaries
  • Projects
  • Small capital expenditure
We do not fund-
  • Replacement of statutory funding or curricular activities
  • Sponsorship of fundraising events or activities
  • Retrospective expenditure/funding
  • Development of financial reserves of your group
  • We do not fund projects that only support people of a single political, religious or ethnic persuasion

Please note this list is not exhaustive.

Recent WUC Relief in need grants

Young People with Dementia were awarded £10,000 to adapt their service to provide support for their clients during lockdown online and via the telephone. As restrictions were lifted, micro groups and one-on-one sessions were incorporated. This grant benefited 70 people directly and provided respite for their family members.

Young People with Dementia
Berkshire Woman's Aid

Berkshire Women’s Aid received £20,000, which was match funded by the Berkshire Community Foundation. There was a 9% increase in cases of domestic violence during Covid-19. The £40,000 total grant funded the re-opening of a refuge for one year that had previously been closed due to a lack of funding.

The Cowshed received £10,000 towards core costs. This included a contribution towards the salary of a referrals coordinator and funding for items that cannot be donated, such as underwear and duvets.

The Cowshed
Citizens Advice Wokingham

Citizens Advice Wokingham were successful in obtaining continuation funding for their Advice at Home project. This built on lessons learnt from the previous community outreach programme and aimed to reach those clients who may not be able to access the traditional service and who may have multiple issues and need additional support.

Berkshire Vision’s project was to provide activities for those with sight loss (which is rapidly rising and anticipated to double in Wokingham by 2030- RNIB) to prevent and relieve social isolation, a main issue identified by those living with sight loss. The activities, curling, acoustic shooting, seated exercise, tandem cycling, swimming, theatre trips included assistance with transport. The project will bring people together, improving social isolation, increase confidence and improve mental and physical health.

Berkshire Vision
Camp Mohawk

Camp Mohawk were awarded a grant for core costs to support salaries in running their multi-functional site for children with special needs and their families. Located just outside our area of benefit in Wargrave, 32% of their service users reside in our area of benefit; 162 families currently attend. They run four separate projects: family support, short-breaks scheme, shared play scheme, and open sessions.

Life Education: Harold and the Life Bus' project will deliver health, wellbeing, and drug prevention education workshops in schools. Life Education also provides staff training and parents and carers' workshops. ‘Harold’ the famous giraffe puppet, helps to explore children's attitudes and dilemmas, covering a variety of topics, building confidence and self-esteem, resilience to risk, tackling peer group pressure, and bullying.

Life Education
Berkshire Lowland Search

Berkshire Lowland Search is a 100% volunteer-run search and rescue team, receiving no government funding. They are heavily used by the police for missing person searches and saw a huge increase in demand during the lockdown. BLSR received an emergency grant to cover the cost of 6 months’ rent as this cost is usually covered by fundraising activities which were cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Wokingham Foodbank received an emergency grant to purchase food items to enable the foodbank to continue running during the COVID-19 crisis, by providing food items to the vulnerable residents in the community. Usually, the generosity of local people’s donations would sustain the giving, but due to a 300% increase in demand and lockdown restrictions, donations were significantly reduced, leaving the foodbank short of essentials.

Wokingham Foodbank

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