How to apply

Please contact us by:

– e-mail: info@norwichcharitabletrusts.org.uk
– telephone us on 01603 621023
– write to us at Norwich Charitable Trusts, 1 Woolgate Court, St Benedicts Street, Norwich, NR2 4AP

We will arrange to meet you to discuss your application. We will also, with your agreement, visit you in your home to discuss your specific needs when you are applying for household items.

 

What to bring to the interview

You will need to provide evidence of your income from employment, savings and or benefits, including Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit.

 

How much are the grants?

The amount of the grant varies according to the type of grant and your individual circumstances.

Type of grant Amount of grant
School clothing and footwear Between £66 and £110 according to the age of the child and the household income
School fees where the total fees do not exceed £15,000 pa 75% – 95% according to income for fees up to a maximum of £15,000 pa
University maintenance £1,750 for students living away from home during term time; £1,100 for those living at home
A regular monthly general ‘pension’ grant for people who are in financial need and who have reached the age of eligibility for a UK State pension age £1,041 pa
Cost of TV Licence for people under 75 years Full cost
Residential school trips, for approved educational purposes The cost of the approved school trip up to a maximum of £375 LESS a contribution by the parent(s) between £20 and £60 depending on the household income
Further education and vocational training, including necessary equipment According to cost, assessed on a case-by-case basis
Personal tuition in music, the arts and sport where the beneficiary is likely to reach a professional standard in the field According to cost, assessed on a case-by-case basis
One-off grants to meet extraordinary expenses, for example, replacing a gas boiler According to cost, assessed on a case-by-case basis

If I receive a grant, how will it be paid to me?

Again, this depends on the type of grant. In general grants will be paid preferably electronically by BACS or, if not appropriate, by cheque. Often payment will be made directly to the supplier of the goods or services for which the grant has been made. You can discuss this with the Grants Officer who assists you with your grant application.

 

How long will it be valid?

Grants are usually valid for 6 months starting from the date on which the Trustees agree the grant. However, exceptions to this can be made if there is good reason. You can discuss this with the Grants Officer who assists you with your grant application.

 

How long will I have to wait for a decision after I have applied?

Trustees meet quarterly to make decisions about grants to individuals (in February, April, June and October) and half-yearly (in February and in August) to make grants to other organisations.

 

How can I check the progress of my application?

You may contact the Grants Officer by e-mail or telephone. You will normally be told by her when she discusses your application the date on which the Trustees will consider your application.

 

How will I know if I have been made a grant?

The Grants Officer concerned will write to you as soon as the decision is made. The letter will explain the decision and the next steps.

 

Who will decide if I am to be made a grant?

The Trustees: the Grants Officer is responsible only for helping you to apply, not for the decision.

 

How often can I apply for a grant?

You may apply for school clothing every other year and when a child goes to high school. You may apply for one school trip grant each academic year.

 

What if I am not eligible? Are there other places where I might get help?

The Grants Officer will advise you of alternative sources of grants taking account of your personal circumstances – for example, where you live and what your needs are.

Norwich Charitable Trusts, 1 Woolgate Court, St Benedicts Street, Norwich, NR2 4AP. Norwich Consolidated Charities, Anguish’s Educational Foundation and Norwich Town Close Estate Charity are part of the Norwich Charitable Trusts Group. These organsiations are all registered charities. Registered Charity Number : 235678