Brelms Trust Grants for Yorkshire Charities

Closing date 16th February

Grants are available for registered charities in Yorkshire who are working within local communities to tackle disadvantage and to provide sustainable benefit.

Maximum Value: £ 5,000

Grants range from £1,000 to £5,000 per year, either as a one-off grant or up to a maximum of three consecutive years.

In exceptional circumstances the Trustees may award a single grant of £7,000.

The Brelms Trust CIO, a small charitable incorporated organisation, provides grants to a range of charities and community projects in Yorkshire.

The funding is intended to support charitable causes that directly benefit Yorkshire communities with preference being given to charities working within communities to tackle disadvantage and to provide sustainable benefit.

The Brelms Trust CIO wishes its funding to serve the following purposes for the benefit of the public in Yorkshire:

  • Alleviation of poverty.
  • The preservation and protection of health, and the advancement of health education and training in particular but not exclusively amongst groups in the community who are in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage.
  • The development of the capacity and skills of the members of the socially and economically disadvantaged communities in such a way that they are better able to identify and help meet their needs and to participate more fully in society.
  • The advancement of education, the arts, and amateur sport by supporting community-based projects.
  • The conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment.
  • Such other charitable purposes as the trustees shall deem appropriate from time to time.

Registered charities based and working in Yorkshire can apply.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be undertaking Yorkshire based projects which directly benefit Yorkshire communities.
  • Have an annual income of less than £1 million and with unrestricted reserves of six months or less.
  • Be working to enable disadvantaged people to play a fuller role in the community, enhance their quality of life, or extend their opportunities.


Eligible Expenditure

Grants can help with smaller capital projects or core expenditure.

Projects should make a real difference to the community and, where appropriate, be sustainable.

Funding is aimed at charities who are addressing community issues such as:

  • Arts, education and sport
  • Carers
  • Conservation
  • Debt and benefits advice
  • Domestic abuse and sexual violence
  • Excluded young people
  • Homelessness
  • Older people facing isolation
  • Physical and learning disabilities
  • Physical and mental health
  • Prevention of re-offending
  • Refugees, asylum-seekers and ethnic minorities
  • Rural isolation
  • Substance misuse
  • Support in bereavement
  • Support for disadvantaged communities

A list of organisations that have recently received grants can be found on the Trust’s website along with some examples of projects currently being funded.

Match Funding Restrictions – Alternate sources of funding are required as the Trust does not provide 100% of the project costs.

Funding is not available for the following:

  • Organisations without charitable status.
  • Large charitable organisations with an annual income of more than £1 million.
  • National charities, unless the project is specifically based in Yorkshire, with clear evidence of local management and control of the grant.
  • Applications from individuals or student gap year costs.
  • Charities who send out general appeal letters for donations.
  • Organisations which promote religious or faith-based activities.
  • Party political organisations.
  • Animal welfare.
  • Medical research.
  • Work requiring retrospective funding.


Applications can be made throughout the year for consideration at quarterly meetings, usually held in March, June, September and December. Applications should be submitted at least three weeks before the meeting. The meeting dates can be found on the Trust’s website.

Application is by an online form which can be found on the Trust’s website.

Applicants should also submit a copy of their latest budget by email as part of the application process.

Contact the Brelms Trust for further information either by email or by the online enquiry form which can be found on the Trust’s website.

Application forms may be available to download on this site – please see the downloadable files on the right hand panel at the top of this page – or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website.


Contact details:

The Trust Administrator

The Brelms Trust CIO
Metro House
57 Pepper Road
West Yorkshire
LS10 2RU


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