Guidelines

If you would like to apply to the Fund, all the information you need is contained in the following pages. An application form is available for downloading - please answer the brief questions through the Eligibility screen to check your eligibility.

Eligibility

The Fund makes grants to Organisations who can demonstrate that their activities will benefit some of the Inhabitants of the Fund's Benefit Area. Equally, the Fund will award grants to Individuals who live in the Fund's benefit area, but unless the application is for a Grant relating to Education, those applications must be made through a separate Organisation who will act as a "Referral Agency". For instance, many applications are made to the Fund through the Citizens Advice Bureau, Social Workers or through a Housing Association.

The Fund's benefit area broadly corresponds with the SW13 postal district.

If you wish to apply to the Fund, please click on 'APPLY TO THE FUND' button below to answer a few short questions, and download your Application Form.

If you are a Referrer wishing to make an application on behalf of a client, please ask the Director for an application form. Please send your request to mibbetson@barnesworkhousefund.org.uk or Telephone 020 8241 3994.

DIRECTOR
PO Box 665
Richmond
TW10 6YL

APPLY TO THE FUND

How to Apply

Please read our eligibility guidelines before proceeding further with your application. If you believe you are eligible to apply for a grant from the Barnes Workhouse Fund, then you can download one of our application forms through the Eligibility screen or contact the Director:

DIRECTOR
The Barnes Workhouse Fund
PO Box 665
Richmond
TW10 6YL

Tel: 020 8241 3994
Email: mibbetson@barnesworkhousefund.org.uk

Please note that requests for small individual grants are considered immediately, while more complex applications and those from Organisations go before the next full meeting of the Trustees, held in January, March, May, July, September and November each year. For consideration at a meeting, applications must be received by the 6th of the preceding month.

How to Apply for a grant for an individual

The Barnes Workhouse Fund invites grant applications for individuals from Referral Agencies only. We cannot accept applications from individuals direct. We use online application forms and if you are a Referral Agency wishing to make an application on behalf of your client, please contact our Director who can send you the link to the form.

The Charity operates under the Charity Commission's Scheme sealed on the 1st January 1970 which provides that the object of the Charity shall be the benefit of the inhabitants of the area of the Ancient Parish of Barnes (effectively the SW13 Postal District). If your client lives in SW14, the Barnes Workhouse Fund cannot help, as that area is covered by Richmond Parish Lands Charity.

You can complete part of the form and save it to go back to it later if you do not have all the information available at the beginning. When you submit the application form, you will receive an email confirming that the form has been received and providing you with a copy of the completed form. Grants are normally dealt with within two days of receipt, provided the form is completed correctly.

How the Charity will deal with the application on behalf of your client

The Fund's is to award a maximum grant of £350 in one year. Any applications of a value of £750 or less will be considered by two Trustees only: it is not necessary for these applications to be considered at a Board meeting. Anything over £750 will be put before the full Board of Trustees at their next bi-monthly meeting or, if the matter is urgent, each Trustee will be provided with full details for their individual assessment and conclusion.

Entirely at the Trustees' discretion, this maximum figure may be exceeded, dependent upon the applicant's circumstances. Cumulative grants over three years may be awarded up to a maximum of £1000. These limits do not apply to grants for education purposes.

Please note that a home visit from two of our Trustees may be suggested in order to ascertain the applicant's full extent of need.

Successful Applications

If the successful application is for furniture or white goods, the Fund will usually obtain these from their own supplier and in that case, quotations are not necessary. Furniture will be sourced from the Richmond Furniture Scheme. White goods will be sourced from Stewart & Young in Hampton. A standard specification of electric cooker; fridge; fridge freezer; and washing machine has been agreed with Stewart & Young and we cannot deviate from that standard unless there is good reason.

If the application is for carpets, the Fund has a particular supplier to which it will refer applicants. An applicant seeking a carpet should be aware that the Fund's policy is to provide the same specification of carpet for all successful applicants and this will be at the more basic end of the range. We do, however, supply underlay as a matter of course. In extenuating circumstances, Trustees may be prepared to approve carpet of a more hard-wearing quality. However, the applicant will be invited to pay the difference themselves. If the application is for payment of utility bills, the Fund can award a grant towards fuel arrears, or alternatively a sum with which to charge a payment card for future fuel costs. Please note that applicants may receive a warning that the Fund is unlikely to support successive applications for help with utility bills.

The Fund will provide a cheque payable to the supplier of the goods and services direct, or pay them by bank transfer. We will not pay cash direct to an applicant unless there are circumstances of a benefits gap or other crisis. If you wish to make any variation to this arrangement, please make it known as early as possible in the application process.

We try to be as flexible as possible and welcome grant applications for help in the form of items other than those referred to above. The outcome will depend on the applicant's eligibility together with other matters, including the need for a simple administration system and a proper, accountable payment procedure.

Grants Policy

Applications by Organisations

Applications for grants such as revenue grants or grants for items of equipment or one-off projects are considered by Trustees from Organisations who can show that they fulfill the criteria of assisting inhabitants of the Ancient Parish of Barnes.

Applications on behalf of Individuals

1. Grants for Education Purposes

Trustees are pleased to consider applications for grants for education purposes such as fees, maintenance, educational equipment, travel costs or child care. The Trustees are unlikely to support an application for help with the costs of post-graduate study. They may consider such an application if you can demonstrate that your current employment will benefit.

To be eligible to be considered for a grant, applicants must have lived in the benefit area for a minimum of six months prior to the application. Parental income of applicants will normally be taken into account up to the age of 25 years and Trustees' discretion will be used after that age. All applicants will be interviewed by representatives of the Trustees.

2. Grants for Individuals to relieve poverty, distress or sickness

It is the policy of the Fund to award a maximum grant of £350 in one year. Cumulative grants over three years may be awarded up to a maximum of £1000. Entirely at the Trustees' discretion, the maximum figure of £350 may be exceeded, dependent upon the applicant's circumstances. These limits do not apply to grants for education purposes.

Please note that a home visit from two of our Trustees may be suggested in order to ascertain the applicant's full extent of need.

Successful Applications

It is the Fund's policy to provide funding by cheque payable to the supplier of the goods and services awarded. Please note that it is most unlikely that a cheque will be made payable to the Individual themselves. If you wish to make any variation to this arrangement, please make it known as early as possible in the application process.

The Fund has a complaints procedure regarding the treatment of any application.

Monitoring and Evaluation of Grants

We do not have a standard monitoring form for you to complete, we would prefer that you give us your own feedback in your own words.

Please include:

  • What the activity or service was;

  • Feedback from the Barnes service users about the service/activity

Please also provide the following information:

  • How much did you receive and over what period was it intended to cover? Did you find that this amount was sufficient to meet the need that you specified in your application ?

  • How many Barnes residents did it benefit over that period?

  • Which groups of Barnes residents (classified by their needs) benefited and how? (max 150 words)

  • How did you publicise your service/project across Barnes? (max 150 words)

  • If you receive a grant again, how do you think you could increase the numbers of Barnes residents who benefit?