Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation
The Foundation only supports charities registered in England and Wales unless the organisation has ‘accepted’ status, i.e. churches, schools, scout and guide groups, or ‘exempt’ status, e.g. housing associations, friendly societies including social housing providers, Co-operative Societies, Community Benefit Societies and Registered Societies (previously known as industrial & provident societies).
The offer one-off grants for capital projects, i.e. new buildings, major refurbishments, transport and equipment. Rented premises are expected to have a lease of at least 10 years. Applications for transport should be for new, not used, vehicles. Applications for equipment should be for single, high cost (£5,000 and over), durable items (for exclusions, see below).
Where grants are made, the projects are expected to be self-financing thereafter.
Charities that are fundraising for projects of £10 million and over are not eligible to apply.
The Foundation has a preference for projects of up to £5 million. If your project budget is over £5 million but below £10 million, then you should call or email the office before making your application.
Charities that have an annual income of £10 million or over are not eligible to apply.