The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund

Status:  Open for applications.  Deadline: please see website


Grants are available to voluntary organisations in the UK for research into learning disability or to assist with the care and relief of those affected by learning disability in the UK.


Minimum Value:£ 250

Value Notes

The Charity operates the following grant schemes:

  • General Grants - Grants range from £250 upwards.
  • The recommended maximum limit for funding is £5,000.
  • Research Grants - A limited fund is available for research projects. Grants range from £250 upwards, with no upper limit.

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. 

Extended Description

The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund is a registered charity which provides funding to voluntary organisations working in the field of learning disability. Grants are available for research into learning disability and for projects that aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability.

It considers 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.

Key Criteria

Applications will only be considered from voluntary organisations which are registered charities or are associated with a registered charity.  Schools, Parent Teacher Associations and Industrial & Provident Societies can also apply.

Applications for research grants will only be considered from established research workers. The application does not need to come from a registered charity.

Latest Information

Applications can be made at any time and groups do not need to wait until the deadline to submit their application. Small grants of less than £10,000 are considered on a monthly basis.

Eligible Expenditure

The main grants and small grants programmes provide funding to aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability. The Charity will fund projects concerning children and adults with the conditions generally referred to as severe learning difficulties or autism.

Some examples of the type of project that the Charity might fund are listed below:

  • Capital building/renovation/refurbishment works for residential, nursing and respite care, and schools.
  • Employment schemes, including woodwork, crafts, printing and horticulture.
  • Play schemes and play therapy schemes.
  • Day and social activities centres including building costs and running costs.
  • Support for families, including respite schemes.
  • Independent living schemes.
  • Support in the community schemes.
  • Snoezelen rooms.

Research grants are directed towards the initiation of research into learning disability with the intention that the research can progress to a point where it becomes eligible for support from other major funding bodies.

Matching Funding Restrictions

The amount of funding available depends on a number of factors including the purpose, the total funding requirement and the potential sources of other funds including, in some cases, matching funding.


The Charity does not usually fund the following:

  • Community Interest Companies.
  • Individuals.
  • Hospices.
  • Minibuses, except those for residential and/or day care services for the learning disabled.
  • Advocacy Projects.
  • Conductive Education projects.
  • Arts and theatre projects.
  • Swimming and hydro-therapy pools.
  • Physical disabilities, unless accompanied by significant learning disabilities.
  • Research into or care of those with mental illness or dyslexia.
  • Acquired brain injury, unless the resulting learning disabilities occur early in the developmental period (ie birth, infancy or childhood), impacting on brain maturation and development and learning in childhood.
  • Qualitative studies.
  • University overheads.
  • University Full Economic Costs.
  • Open access publishing costs.
  • Conference attendance.
  • Anything considered to be statutory.

A second application from an organisation will not normally be considered for a period of at least two years after completion of an initial grant. If the previous application was unsuccessful, this period is one year. This does not apply to recipients of funding through the Research Grants Programme.Payment Procedure

The grant will be paid by cheque made payable to the organisation, never an individual, within one month of the Fund receiving the signed grant offer letter from the applicant.

Application Process

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.

Applicants should keep checking the website as submission deadline dates may be subject to change.

Application forms are available to complete online at the Fund's website.

Please note that the Trustees will not consider more than one application from an organisation at any one meeting at a time.

Address & Contacts :

For application forms please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:
Mrs Ann Cooper
Baily Thomas Charitable Fund
c/o TMF Management UK Limited
400 Capability Green
Telephone:01582 439225