Rachael's Fund was established to support projects working with adults and young people, who have mild learning difficulties, to live independently.
The aims of Rachael's Fund are to award grants to new or existing innovative projects supporting young people and adults with mild learning difficulties, particularly where there are gaps in provision.
Examples of the types of eligible project activities include the following:
Employment and education opportunities
Community projects that promote emotional, mental and physical health and wellbeing
Activities that reduce isolation or that provide social activity to prevent loneliness
Activities that use arts, creativity, physical exercise and sport to support health and wellbeing
The programme will make awards of up to £10,000.
Shortlisted organisations will then be invited to an informal interview with the fund-holder and funding decisions will be announced by the start of August 2022.
Am I eligible to apply?
- Your group must be a small, Northamptonshire-based, voluntary, community or self-help group. Please note that as a general exclusion we do not fund social enterprises with persons with significant control (PSC).
- You must have a set of written rules or a constitution that your group adheres to, that contains a dissolution clause. We can help advise you on how to do this especially if you are a new group
- You must take care to ensure that young people or vulnerable people taking part in your activity do not come to any harm whilst in your care. To this end, you must have written procedures for keeping young people and/or vulnerable people safe otherwise known as a Child Protection or Vulnerable people’s policy. This will be needed as a condition of funding. If you do not have such a policy, visit our supporting documents page to download an example.
- You must have an equalities policy in place. We have resources on our website to help with this