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Baily Thomas Charitable Fund

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£2.6million (2017/2018)


£3.7 million (2017/2018)


K Young, S Marriott, A Farmer, S Cooper, J Snow




Three times a year

Geographical Areas of Work: County Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Tees Valley, North East
Areas of Work: Learning Difficulties, Research
Grant Amount: Under £1,000, £1,000 - £5,000, £5,000 - £10,000, £10,000 - £50,000, £50,000+
Covid-19 support or funding information:
Type of Funding: Core costs, Project running costs, Capital, Building work
Type of Organisation Funded: Registered Charity, Via an intermediary charity

The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund is a grant making registered charity which was established primarily to aid the research into learning disability and to aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability by making grants to voluntary organisations working in this field. This entry focuses on the latter, carried out through their General (including Small) Grants Programme.

They consider under learning disability the conditions generally referred to as severe learning difficulties, together with autism. In this area, they consider projects concerning children or adults. Please note that they do not give grants for research into or care of those with mental illness, dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism, nor ADHD, if they do not also have learning disabilities (intellectual disabilities).

Applications will only be considered from voluntary groups that are registered charities or are associated with a registered charity. Schools and Parent Teacher Associations, Industrial & Provident Societies and other such exempt charities can also apply. CICs will not be considered.

The Fund operates two general grant funding streams, a General Grant Programme for appeals over £10,000 and a Small Grant Programme for appeals up to £5,000. Application for funding is normally considered for capital and revenue costs and for both specific projects and for general running/core costs. Grants are awarded for amounts from £250 and depend on a number of factors including the purpose, the total funding requirement and the potential sources of other funds including, in some cases, match funding. Normally one-off grants are awarded but exceptionally a new project may be funded over two or three years, subject to satisfactory reports of progress.

The following areas of work normally fall within the Fund's current policy providing they benefit the learning disabled:

Capital building/renovation/refurbishment works for residential, nursing and respite care, and schools;
Employment schemes including woodwork, crafts, printing and horticulture;
Play schemes and play therapy schemes;
Day and social activities centres including building costs and running costs;
Support for families, including respite schemes;
Independent living schemes;
Support in the community schemes;
Snoezelen rooms.


During 2017/2018 312 grants totalling £3,472,922 were awarded. The majority of this went to grants over £20,000.


Applications must be made using the online form.

Meetings of the Trustees are usually held in March, June and November of each year. The deadlines for submitting an appeal for funding over £10,000 are 1st December, 1st March and 1st August.

Applications for small grants are made in the same way as general grants and you must complete the online application form. Such appeals are usually considered on a monthly basis, or as demand decrees. Where the recommendation by the Chair is to award more than the maximum of £5,000, the appeal will be referred to the next Main Grant Board Meeting.


The Fund does not normally support the following:
Minibuses except those for residential and/or day care services for the learning disabled
Advocacy projects
Conductive Education projects
Arts and theatre projects
Swimming and hydro-therapy pools
Physical disabilities unless accompanied by significant learning disabilities
Grants for acquired brain injury unless the resulting learning disabilities occur early in the developmental period (i.e. birth, infancy or childhood), impacting on brain maturation and development and learning in childhood
Appeals which are ethnically or religiously selective which the Fund defines as therefore not benefitting the wider community