Communication Matters is aware that it can be very difficult for a person to apply for financial assistance. All too often, individuals are barred from applying and applications can only be made through charitable or community-based organisations. However, the organisations listed below do offer funding to individuals.
- The Prince's Trust
This organisation focuses on supporting people aged between 14 and 30 to access education, training and employment.
- Barchester Healthcare Foundation
The mission of the BHC Foundation is to make a difference to the lives of older people and adults with a disability, supporting practical solutions that lead to increased personal independence, self-sufficiency and dignity.
- The Big Boost
The charity UnLtd manages this Big Lottery fund which gives financial awards to young social entrepeneurs aged between 11 and 25 to help them get their ideas off the ground.
- Benevolent Charities
Within the UK there are a number of 'benevolent charities' who give grants and sponsorship to a wide range of individuals for all sorts of projects including the purchase of equipment. The Association of Charity Officers is the umbrella body for benevolent charities. Each charity publishes a set of criteria relating to the types of projects they will consider and the individuals who qualify for support under their awards criteria. In many cases these relate to a specific field of work and would include not just someone working in this trade or field but also their families.