The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund is a registered charity which was established to provide both research and project funding in the area of learning disability and to aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability. The Trust consider under learning disability the conditions generally referred to as severe learning difficulties, together with autism. In this area, they consider projects concerning children or adults.
The type of activities currently funded include:
- capital works for residential, nursing and respite care, and schools;
- employment schemes including woodwork, crafts, printing and horticulture;
- play schemes and play therapy schemes;
- day and social activities centres including building costs and running costs;
- support for families, including respite schemes; independent living schemes;
- support in the community schemes; and Snoezelen rooms.
Applications will only be considered from voluntary organisations which are registered charities or are associated with a registered charity. Schools and Parent Teacher Associations and Industrial & Provident Societies can also apply. Funding in the past has ranged in value from £250 to £150,000.
The deadline for research funding is the 1st July 2016. The next deadline for project funding in excess of £10,000 is the 1st August 2016. Application for project funding for £10,000 or less can be submitted at any time.