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Charitable Foundation Information

General Information
In order to further support local communities in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland, Market Harborough Building Society created its own Charitable Foundation in 1999. Almost all of the charity's funding is provided by the Society. The foundation makes cash awards to voluntary and charitable organisations working in the local area. It operates independently of the Society, and the majority of the Trustees are independently appointed. The following information outlines the details of the kind of projects our Charitable Foundation will consider, and how to apply.

Who can apply?
Voluntary and charitable organisations may apply. Charities must be registered or affiliated to a registered charity, and will be expected to provide confirmation of their charitable status when they apply. Applications will not normally be considered unless they come from groups working within Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland. National organisations with an active local presence may also be considered where assurance can be given that grants will be used within the core area. We do not have deadlines - you may apply at anytime. Map of preferred area of support.

How much can I apply for?

The amount of grant awarded will not normally be less than £250 or greater than £2,000. Grants will normally be considered for capital expenditure rather than to meet revenue costs. The Foundation will not normally consider grants for projects to cover expenditure which has already been incurred or committed.

Who will MHBS Charitable Foundation not support?
The Foundation is unlikely to support applications from individuals or from any form of profit-making organisation, or from organisations whose prime purpose is the promotion of any form of religion, unless the grant provides facilities for the wider community.

How can I apply?
To download the documents on this page, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your PC. Get Adobe Reader - This link will open in a new window
Simply complete and return our Grant Application Form to the address on the form.

How will the Foundation assess my application?
All applications will be acknowledged. If the application meets the grant-making criteria it will be considered by the Foundation's Trustees at their next quarterly meeting. The Trustees meet in March, June, September and December. The Trustees will normally expect, as a minimum, to be provided with:

1. A copy of the applicant organisation's most recent set of financial statements.
2. Details of the purchase / expenditure to be funded, including a full cost breakdown.
3. Confirmation of the amount of financial support already received or pledged towards the overall cost.

Where can I get more information?
Please see our Grant-Making Policy for further details, or you can email the Foundation's Secretary at charity@mhbs.co.uk.
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