The D M Thomas Foundation are dedicated to helping disabled, sick and disadvantaged young people and children (from 0-25) to transform their lives. Under our ABLE banner, our priority is to make a difference through targeted grant support, helping local and regional community groups and charities across the UK and Europe to deliver projects which provide access to opportunities and improve wellbeing.
Across our grant making processes, we prefer to fund projects which provide and facilitate access to education; provide tools and opportunities through equipment, facilities and training; and relieve suffering, improve treatment, care and wellbeing.
Applications are received for quarterly deadlines from registered charities(and CICs) are first assessed by the Foundation office, with a shortlist of approximately 20 of the strongest and regionally representative applications put forward for consideration by our Grants Committee. The Grants Committee comprises independent members and members nominated by the Foundation’s business partners and meets quarterly to discuss the applications. There is approximately £200,000 available to distribute each quarter.
- DMTFYP Central Grant application form
- DMTFYP Central Grant Application Procedure and guidelines 2020
- DMTFYP Central Grant report form
- Media release form
Applications working in the areas of education or health with one of our four chosen focus groups are selected or considered:
- Children and young people with disabilities
- Children and young people who are sick in hospital
- Children and young people who are life limited (requiring palliative care)
- Mental health of children and young people
If favoured, grant applications for up to £5,000 can be approved by the Director, up to £10,000 can be approved by the Grants Committee, and applications for more than £10,000 are recommended to the Trustees for final approval. The Foundation is a small charity and generally will not make awards of over £30,000 (per year). Funding can be requested for up to 2 years for any particular project.
Reapplications are welcome, however unsuccessful applicants are asked not to reapply for at least 12 months from the date of their rejection letter. Successful applicants are asked to wait three years before reapplying.
The Foundation receives thousands of telephone and email enquiries and hundreds of completed applications each year, making the grant award process highly competitive. To help us to help you, please read our application guidelines and restrictions carefully. Unfortunately, with a limited grant fund we are unable to respond favourably to all requests, however worthy. We provide specific feedback on grant rejections where guidance and improvements can be made however due to the volume we are unable to provide specific feedback to first round rejections given the competitive nature of the process.
Our 2020 application deadlines are:
- Tuesday 5th May 2020
- Tuesday 22nd July 2020
- Tuesday 6th October 2020
Website link: https://dmthomasfoundation.org/what-we-do/
Please ensure your completed application is received both electronically and hard copy by 5.30pm on the date indicated in order to be considered.
Eligible applications received after the deadline will be retained for the next funding round. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. All received applications are acknowledged by email, once the hard copy has been received and logged.
To view the grants we have made to date please take a look at our grant archive.
For organisations supporting children to get active and take part in sport, we also encourage applications to the Les Mills Fund for Children, which we administer through our partnership with Les Mills UK. For more information and to apply, click here.