The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund

The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund is a registered charity which provides funding to voluntary organisations working in the field of learning disability.

The funding is available for research into learning disability and for projects that aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability.

The Trustees consider learning disability to cover the conditions generally referred to as severe learning difficulties, together with autism. Funding is available for projects concerning children or adults.

The Charity operates the following grant schemes:

  • General Grants from £250 upwards.
  • Small Grants of up to £5,000.
  • Research Grants from £250 upwards (with no upper limit). A limited fund is available for research projects.

Funding is normally considered for capital or revenue costs and for both specific projects and general running and core costs. 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.

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 (if both satisfactory references are received) are:

  • 1 December for consideration at the interim meeting in March
  • 1 March for consideration at the June meeting
  • 1 August for consideration at the November meeting.

For a research grant the deadlines for submission for the full proposal are:

  • 1 February to be tabled at the meeting in June
  • 1 August to be tabled at the meeting in November.

For further details please visit the fund website here.