Funding Local Causes

Grants to individuals

Funding is available to help combat disadvantage and exclusion in Hertfordshire.

We are able to make small grants to support individuals and families, via applications from a supporting worker.

Please note we cannot accept self-referrals. Grant applications must be submitted by a professional person from a recognised organisation who has an on-going professional relationship with the beneficiary (e.g. health professional, teacher, social worker or support worker) and who can verify the beneficiary’s situation. We can only discuss grant applications with the professional involved.

If you are an individual looking for support, please ask a professional supporting you (as outlined above) to apply on your behalf. Do not apply to us, or call us directly as we will not be able to help you.

If you are an individual in crisis, you may find it useful to contact Herts Help.
These funds help families with young children as well as young people living in Hertfordshire.

The Ware Charities Fund

Next application deadline: Rolling

Grants of up to £500 for disadvantaged individuals/families who are permanently housed or have a secure offer of housing in the parishes of Ware, Thundridge and Wareside to cover the cost of essential items such as white goods, children’s furniture etc.

Please read the guidance notes for what we can and cannot fund before applying.

Hertfordshire Children's Fund

Application deadline: rolling

Grants of up to £500 for families in crisis to cover the cost of essential items such as beds, bedding and essential white goods.

Please read the guidance notes for what we can and cannot fund before applying.


Bowley Fund

Next application deadline: Currently closed

Grants of up to £500 for disadvantaged families living in the Hertfordshire districts of Watford and Three Rivers to purchase essential white goods and children’s furniture.

Please read the guidance notes for what we can and cannot fund before applying.


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