Grant Making Policy

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Charitable Trust’s (“The Charity”) charitable objects are:

  • Such charitable purposes for the public benefit as are exclusively charitable according to the laws of England and Wales as the trustees may from time to time determine.

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Charitable Trust’s ongoing focus is:

  • To relieve the need of children (under 18 year olds) by reason of finance, illness, or other disadvantage, by the provision of grants to improve their conditions of life.
  • The Charity is particularly interested in applications for grants that will provide children with enjoyment, not just the basic essentials of daily life, though these may also be funded where deemed appropriate.

The Charity may, in exceptional circumstances, make grants to other individuals or charities within the broader charitable objects.

 

Please note that ordinarily grants will only be made via other charities or organisations such as Citizens Advice Bureau and schools, not directly to individuals, with the exception of purchases made on an individual’s behalf.

 

We usually do NOT provide funding for the following items:

  • Furniture and white goods
  • Fixtures and fittings
  • Computers/laptops
  • School/University fees
  • Debts & debt management

 

Evidence/Declarations

By submitting an application you are declaring that all information provided in the application and any further correspondence is true to the best of your knowledge. Any changes in circumstances before a grant has been exhausted must be reported to the charity as soon as possible.

 

Identifying beneficiaries

Potential beneficiaries may be made known to Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Charitable Trust (“the Trust”) in the following ways:

  • Individuals may approach Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Charitable Trust to apply for a grant;
  • Individuals may be recommended to Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Charitable Trust by other charities, organisations, or professionals;
  • Individuals may be identified by Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Charitable Trust through other methods.

 

It is advisable for a professional familiar with the applicant’s financial situation and other circumstances to apply on an individual’s behalf. All individuals who seek to apply for a grant, are recommended for a grant, or are otherwise identified as potential beneficiaries by Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Charitable Trust, will be required to complete an application form. This will provide Trustees with the necessary information to determine whether individuals fall within the Trust’s charitable objects and current focus, and to then make a decision at the Trustees’ discretion, with guidance from this ‘grant-making policy’.

 

Form of Grants

Grants may take the following forms:

 

  • Sums of money for the benefit of beneficiaries paid via other charities or professional organisations;
  • Purchases made on behalf of individual beneficiaries, as required for their specific needs.

 

Where an individual requires a specific item by reason of their particular disadvantage, the Trust may choose to purchase this item on the individual beneficiary’s behalf, rather than giving the individual a direct grant of money. This is to ensure that, in such circumstances, funds are used for the charitable purpose for which they have been given.

 

The Trust will consider grants of all sizes (within its financial capacity). Accordingly, grants vary in amount, depending on the needs of the individual beneficiary. Grants will normally be one-off payments or purchases.

 

Charitable Purpose

To ensure that Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Charitable Trust funds are used for the charitable purposes for which they have been given, the following procedures will be enforced:

 

  • All potential beneficiaries will be required to complete an application form, with supporting documentation where relevant, so that Trustees can make a full and informed analysis of the entirety of the individual’s relevant circumstances;
  • Trustees may contact potential beneficiaries or applicants for further information;
  • Trustees may choose to purchase required items on behalf of beneficiaries, rather than giving direct grants of money to beneficiaries;
  • Where direct grants of sums of money to beneficiaries are most appropriate, these may in exceptional circumstances be possible;
  • After a final decision has been made to award a grant, before this grant is made to, or on behalf of, an individual, the Trustees will ensure that the circumstances on the basis of which the individual was assessed as eligible for a grant, continue to persist;
  • Beneficiaries may be asked to keep in contact with Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Charitable Trust to report on how grants have been utilised.

 

If the Trustees consider that an individual beneficiary has not used their grant for the charitable purpose for which it was given, that individual will not be eligible for any future grants from the Trust.

 

Charitable Objects

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Charitable Trust acts according to such charitable purposes for the public benefit as are exclusively charitable according to the laws of England and Wales as the trustees may from time to time determine.

 

The Trustees may choose to focus the Trust’s activities in specific areas for set periods of time, at the end of which the focus shall be reviewed.

 

Preference will be given to:

  • Minors (under 18 year olds);
  • Within 2 or more of the below categories of disadvantage.

 

  1. Individuals in need by reason of finance:

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Charitable Trust may make grants to, or on behalf of, individuals in need by reason of financial hardship. The determination of whether an individual is eligible on the basis of financial hardship will involve a consideration of the entirety of an individual’s circumstances, which may include social, economic, occupational, and other circumstances. Individuals applying for a grant by reason of financial hardship will need to provide supporting documentation with their application form on financial support that they receive from the UK government or other organisations.

 

  1. Individuals in need by reason of youth:

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Charitable Trust may make grants to, or on behalf of, individuals in need by reason of youth. The determination of whether an individual is eligible on the basis of youth will involve a consideration of the entirety of an individual’s circumstances, which may include social, economic, occupational, educational, and other circumstances. Individuals applying for a grant by reason of youth will need to provide supporting documentation with their application form on their date of birth and educational and/or occupational circumstances.

 

  1. Individuals in need by reason of age:

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Charitable Trust may make grants to, or on behalf of, individuals in need by reason of age. The determination of whether an individual is eligible on the basis of age will involve a consideration of the entirety of an individual’s circumstances, which may include social, economic, occupational, and other circumstances. Individuals applying for a grant by reason of age will need to provide supporting documentation with their application form on their date of birth and educational and/or occupational circumstances.

 

  1. Individuals in need by reason of illness

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Charitable Trust may make grants to, or on behalf of, individuals in need by reason of illness. The determination of whether an individual is eligible on the basis of illness will involve a consideration of the entirety of an individual’s present and past health. Grants may be made for diagnostic, curative, therapeutic, or palliative benefits, and includes grants to relieve the suffering or assist the recovery of individuals who are sick, convalescent, disabled or infirm or to provide comfort for patients.

 

  1. Individuals in need by reason of other disadvantages

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Charitable Trust may make grants to, or on behalf of, individuals in need by reason of other disadvantages, within the ambit of applicable charity law. These will be assessed on a case by case basis, taking into consideration all available information.

 

 

 

Data Protection

The Charity’s policy is to erase unsuccessful applicants’ personal information within 6 months of a decision.

 

For successful applicants, the Charity will retain applicants’ personal information for as long as is deemed appropriate and regular contact is made with the applicant. Regular contact may be  a yearly newsletter emailed to applicants, usually around November.

 

Data from applications, with all personal identifying factors removed, may be used for Charity reporting and accounting purposes.

 

Publicity

We ask applicants to consent to the use of their information for our publicity purposes, including online, in print and otherwise. Consent may be obtained by a tickbox at the end of the application form and/or a signed consent to publicity form.