The Hedley Foundation aims to improve the quality of life of people in the United Kingdom, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. It achieves this by making grants, within budget, to United Kingdom registered charities for the benefit of young people, disabled people, elderly people, the terminally ill and otherwise disadvantaged people and their carers.
The Trustees award grants to those charities that are able to demonstrate quantifiable outcomes to beneficiaries. The Foundation tends not to give money to very large scale or national charities nor to support bids for salaries, buildings or IT. Typically, sums of £3K - £5K are regularly given with occasional larger sums granted to charities where high impact can be achieved. Most grants are one-off payments but multi-year grants are selectively awarded and in these cases are subject to annual review. Further applications from the same organisation will not normally be considered for a period of eighteen months from the date of the grant. Acknowledgements are expected from the recipient charities and follow-up visits by Trustees occur periodically.
The Hedley Foundation maintains a small office of part time staff who are capable of managing and reporting all aspects of its activities. The Hedley Foundation's income and thus its ability to support other charities is derived from a professionally managed investment portfolio and from rents generated from a number of retail shops and other properties (also professionally managed). Applications for grants are submitted to the Foundation's Office and these are periodically considered at a Trustees' Sift Board, which makes recommendations for payments to the Main Board of Trustees, which convenes a fortnight later.
Social welfare lies at the heart of the Hedley Foundation's activities and for convenience the following categories are used:
Youth Projects which raise the aspirations or help to realise the full potential of disadvantaged young people. Typically, grants are given to support young people into education, training or sustainable employment. Providing an opportunity to broaden horizons through sport and adventurous activities may form part of this category.
Disabled Projects to support and improve the quality of life of people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities, sensory impairment and learning difficulties.
Elderly/Terminally Ill Projects to help elderly people to maintain independence and projects to support those in the closing stage of life, in hospices or hospitals.
Miscellaneous Support Projects to support carers and social welfare projects that might support the homeless, the employability opportunities for offenders and ex-offenders and the opportunity to reduce re-offending. A major theme for support, presently, is to help keep young people out of the Criminal Justice System.
The Foundation will only make grants to UK Registered Charities.
The Foundation is unable to assist:-
:- Churches, Cathedrals and Museums.
:- Exclusive charities (which only help people from specific groupings).
:- Appeals for general funding, salary, deficit, core revenue or transport funding.
:- Appeals for building works or refurbishment projects.