The Cole Charitable Trust is a small grant-making trust which supports charities in the West Midlands, Kent and Cambridgeshire areas. The trustees, in the main, like to support small charities where the modest grants available can make a significant difference. In practice the Trust supports social, health and community work in the Greater Birmingham area, Cambridgeshire and Kent and also offers support for other charities where the Trustees have a particular interest.
In order to apply, your organisation must be a registered charity and work within the fields of:
- Social welfare, all groups
- Housing and homelessness
- Community and environment development
- Opportunities for young people
- Promotion of improved quality of life
- Personal or community empowerment
The charity also states that they ‘do not support large building appeals, animal charities, research or further education’ and only give grants outside of the set areas from the Trustee’s personal interests. Grants generally range from £300 – £1,000, but occasionally grants can be outside of this range.
To apply, you must complete the Trust’s application form and also send a one page letter on headed paper, clearly stating your project. You will also have to submit your annual accounts if they are not accessible on the Charity Commission website. More details on the Trust can be found on their website.