It’s not so much a trust but more government money – here in Leeds we have benefited from the Community Buildings Capital Grant Scheme (CBCGS) which is a pilot project jointly funded by Objective 2 and SRB5 until March 2006. It is managed by a third party called Resourcing the Community (RtC) on behalf of Leeds City Council’s Department of Neighbourhoods & Housing. Perhaps there is an equivalent pot of funding in your area?
It provides grants to community groups and voluntary organisations located in the SRB5 and Objective 2 areas of Leeds to improve their buildings and it will fund projects to install disabled facilities eg ramp access to a building, installation of a disabled toilet. However, they do say that improvements to disabled facilities will only be considered as part a wider grant refurbishment work.
Click on the link for more information http://www.resourcingthecommunity.org.uk/funding/cbcgs.html
Hope that helps.
This type of question comes up fairly frequently at the Institute of Fundraising’s very helpful online interest group for trust fundraising. You can join up at: http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/trust_fundraising
I doubt whether any trust wishes to specifically distribute money for alterations to public buildings in line with the Disability Discrimination Act (it wouldn’t make life very interesting for their trustees if it did).
So you might need to think about the question differently to come up with an answer.
Why not try describing your project in terms of what the end results will be? That people with disabilities will be able to access your much needed services.
Trusts interested in your geographical location, which support your client group, which support people with disabilities, might want to fund the project.
Hope this helps in some way.
It’s good advice- I am doing that already too, but I have several streams to the building- arts, sports etc so I was just trying to break it down as well to go at it from all angles! I’m approaching the Landfill Tax Credit People, but they will only fund 50% of the work, so I need a few more!
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