THE BINGHAM TRUST – INFORMATION ABOUT US AND GRANTS WE MAKE
WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
We are a registered charity (number 287636) operating within Britain. We pay out grants of money for charitable purposes. Our primary area of benefit is the SK17 postcode area around Buxton in Derbyshire. We are a committee of five trustees and we decide how much to give away, and to whom.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY COME FROM?
The charity was created by the Will of the late Robert Henry Bingham who lived in the Buxton area. He set up a permanent endowment that creates income. We make grants out of that income.
FOR WHAT PURPOSE WILL YOU PROVIDE FUNDING?
We will look at any application for charitable purposes within the SK17 area. Charitable purposes include the relief of poverty, the provision of educational services, the assistance of religious activity and the benefit of the community. We prefer to fund capital projects rather than revenue expenses.
WHAT DO YOU NOT FUND?
We are not able to consider grants to repay existing debts, grants for businesses, profit-making organisations (even if they are not actually making a profit) or for higher educational purposes (University and college level). Exceptionally we might help people in higher education if they are suffering from disabilities where we might consider the funding of the purchase of specialised equipment for them.
WHAT IF I LIVE OUTSIDE THE SK17 POSTCODE AREA?
Usually, we will not be able to help you. However, we will consider applications from organisations outside the SK17 postcode area where money granted would specifically be used for any of the people they help, who live within SK17.
ANY OTHER THINGS YOU WILL PROVIDE MONEY FOR?
We will also consider funding any organisation involved with research unto arthritis, from anywhere within Britain, due to a specific request in Mr Bingham’s Will.
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE GRANT AND HOW MUCH DO YOU GIVE AWAY?
The average is about £1,000 but we make a few larger ones and many smaller ones. We give away about £200,000 per year.
HOW OFTEN CAN I APPLY?
Not more than once in any twelve-month period.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Applications are made on the form available from this website but will be considered if sent by letter as well. An application made by letter may take longer to deal with, as we might have to ask you for more information. When sending additional information, any letter must not exceed two sides of A4 paper but leaflets and brochures are also welcome if they help us understand your organisation or purposes. Individuals, not applying via any organisation or charity, must send a supporting letter with their application.
MUST I SEND A SUPPORTING LETTER OR OTHER DETAILS?
Applications from existing registered charities need not be supported by letters from other organisations or their service users. Applications from unregistered charities, or community interest organisations, should include a copy of their constitution. Applications from individuals must always be supported by a letter from an agency such as Social Services Department or a charity or community organisation who knows their circumstances.
WHERE DO I SEND MY APPLICATION?
Ms. E. Marshall The Bingham Trust Unit 1, Tongue Lane Industrial Estate Dew Pond Lane Buxton SK17 7LN
Or by email as an attachment (but no additional attachments please) to:
Usually, applications look better if they are posted or sent by email as a letter attachment.
CAN I REQUEST A PERSONAL VISIT?
If your application is complicated, it may help us if one our trustees visits you or your project after you have made your application. If you require a visit please say so in your application but we will only accept your invitation if we think it will help us.
WHEN ARE APPLICATIONS CONSIDERED?
Applications are usually considered in January, April, July and October each year.
The next meeting is in April 2017. In order for applications to be considered at that meeting, they must be received by the closing date of Monday 10th April 2017. Please note that any applications received after this date will not be considered at the April 2017 meeting.
DO I GET AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT?
All applications are acknowledged either by letter or email. If you do not receive an acknowledgment, you can assume that we have not received your application.
WHEN DO I GET THE MONEY?
If a grant is made you can expect to receive a cheque within one month of our meeting. Please wait until we have told you what the decision on your application is before making a purchase or having any works carried out.
WHAT ABOUT ANY QUERIES RAISED BY THE BINGHAM TRUSTEES?
If we raise queries, we will contact you within one month of our meeting.
DO I HEAR FROM YOU IF MY APPLICATION HAS BEEN REJECTED?
If you do not hear from us within one month of our meeting, you can assume that your application has not been funded.
WHAT CAN I SPEND THE MONEY ON?
Any money granted must be spent only on the items for which you requested it. We reserve the right to make enquiries about how it has been spent. If we are not happy with your answers, we will ask for the money back. If you find that you do not need all the money you must return that part of it not required.
HOW DO I RECEIVE THE MONEY?
By cheque only. Grants made to individuals are usually by cheque made out to the provider of the service, or goods, for which the applicant has requested the money.
IS THE MONEY A GIFT OR A LOAN?
Usually, it is a gift. However, occasionally where money has been given to help improve someone’s privately owned home living conditions we will make an interest free loan, secured by a mortgage, repayable when the person who applied no longer uses the home.
WHAT ABOUT ANY QUESTIONS I HAVE?
Queries can be sent to the email address at any time or you may telephone the Trust’s secretary, Ms E Marshall, on 07966 378 546.
HOW DO I COMPLAIN?
If you are not happy with what we do you can write a letter of complaint addressed to the chairman. As we are regulated by the Charity Commission you can also complain to them if you are not happy with the chairman’s reply.
High Peak CVS is a charity that promotes and supports volunteering organisations in the High Peak. They offer information, advice and training and they can also assist with identifying and applying for funding.
For more details, visit their website www.highpeakcvs.org.uk