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We support UK and overseas charities through three different grant programmes:

  • our national charity partner
  • local grants
  • discretionary grants

Cares4Kids is our Foundation’s current theme and is the focus of our national and local grant programmes. It is designed to support disadvantaged children and young people in the UK and overseas, up to the age of 18 years.

Our national charity partner

The Openwork Foundation works with established charities to support long-term initiatives. Our current charity partner is Carers Trust.

Carers Trust (formerly The Princess Royal Trust for Carers) supports more young carers than any other organisation in the UK. The charity was set up on the initiative of HRH The Princess Royal in 1991, to help carers gain recognition and provide them with the support required to meet their diverse needs.

Carers Trust has been our chosen charity partner since 2012 and we support its important work with a £50,000 annual grant. In 2013, our funding helped over 3,500 young carers benefit from the support of Carers Trust and its local support services.

As part of our funding, we support two grant programmes. The first of these, ‘Opening Doors’, helps to identify young carers to enable them to access the charity’s services. The second, ‘Respite Break’, is a focused programme to allow those undertaking the heaviest caring roles to attend a relief break aimed at increasing their self-awareness and identifying their aspirations.

Local grants

Our Advisers and staff can nominate a charity for a grant of up to £10,000. These grant applications are assessed quarterly by our Grant Committee.

Amongst other things, we have:

  • helped charities fund the salaries of specialist staff
  • built a school in Manila for children living on the dump sites
  • funded adventure playgrounds for disabled children
  • helped purchase medical equipment and mobility equipment for people of all ages
  • built hydrotherapy pools and conversions in children’s hospices
  • paid for specially adapted minibuses and salaries for specialist staff

Discretionary grants

Advisers and staff, who are supporters of the Foundation, can nominate grants of up to £250 for other organisations, including those that fall outside the Cares4Kids theme, supporting disadvantaged people.

This gives our sponsors much more flexibility to support a cause close to their heart and which may sit outside our Cares4Kids theme.

Charities we’ve supported include local adult hospices, family support services and the Samaritans.