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Charitable trusts and educational grants

​​​​​The following trusts and organisations aim to support local residents who meet certain criteria. Please read the descriptions and guidance notes to see if you might be eligible.


Herbert Norcross Scholarship Fund

Who can apply to the Herbert Norcross Scholarship Fund

You must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • You must be under the age of 30 on 1 September within the year you are applying.
  • You must have live in the borough of Rochdale or the former administrative County of Lancaster.
  • You must have successfully completed a first degree at any University, College or other place of Further Education approved by the Trustees and be undertaking a post graduate, research or a similar course in the UK or abroad.

The Trust usually gives preference to applicants who live in the former Borough of Middleton or attended a school in Middleton.

What will be funded

If successful, a contribution towards the following will be awarded:

  • Course fees.
  • Travel expenses in pursuance of studies in the UK or abroad.
  • Books and equipment required for the Course.
  • Any other expenses incurred in the pursuance of studies to be undertaken.

Repeat applications, first or undergraduate degree courses and living expenses are not usually funded.

Apply for the Herbert Norcross Scholarship Fund

If you require any further information or guidance, please contact:

The Clerk to the Herbert Norcross Scholarship Fund
Governance and Committee Services
Floor 2
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale
OL16 1XU
Telephone 01706 924872
Email: committee.services@rochdale.gov.uk


Heywood Phoenix Trust

There are 2 Trust Funds operated by the Heywood Phoenix Trust. These are the Heywood Relief in Need Trust Fund and Heywood Educational Trust.

Who can apply to the Heywood Relief in Need Trust Fund?

To apply, you should be a resident of the Heywood area. You may apply if you live temporarily outside the area at the discretion of the Trustees.

How can the Trust help?

The Trust can:

  • Help if you are facing financial hardship or distress.
  • Provide either the funds for a specific purpose or supply goods or services, either directly or via a local supplier.
Restrictions

The Trustees do not provide funds for:

  • Council Tax or other statutory payments, or charges imposed or benefits reduced due to Government policy.
  • Payment of debts or fees for either Bankruptcy or Debt Relief Order processes.
  • Repeat applications.

Who can apply to the Heywood Educational Trust?

You should live in the Heywood area or in the village of Birch or have attended a school in Heywood.

How can the Trust help?
  • We can provide assistance for any purpose that promotes the education, training and development of the applicant. Or, helps ease financial barriers to achieve the required education, training or development.
Restrictions

The Trustees do not provide funds for:

  • The full cost of fees or expenses, unless exceptional hardship is shown on the application.
Application form for the Heywood Phoenix Trust

Please use the Heywood Phoenix Trust application form for both the Heywood Relief in Need Trust Fund and the Heywood Educational Trust.

Please note there is no age limit for applicants.

For more information, please email phoenixtrust@outlook.com.


Middleton Educational Trust

Who can apply to the Middleton Educational Trust?

You should live in the Middleton area or attended a school in Middleton.

How can the Trust help?

We can provide assistance for any purpose that promotes the education, training and development of the applicant. Or, helps ease financial barriers to achieve the required education, training or development.

Restrictions

Application form for the Middleton Educational Trust

For more information middletoneducationaltrust@outlook.com.


Middleton Relief in Need Trust

Who can apply to the Middleton Relief in Need Trust?

To apply, you should be a resident of the Middleton Area. You may apply if you live temporarily outside Middleton at the discretion of the Trustees.

How can the Trust help?

The Trust can:

  • Help if you are facing financial hardship or distress.
  • Provide either the funds for a specific purpose or supply goods or services, either directly or via a local supplier.

Restrictions

The Trustees do not provide funds for:

  • Council Tax or other statutory payments, or charges imposed or benefits reduced due to Government policy.
  • Payment of debts or fees for either Bankruptcy or Debt Relief Order processes.
  • Repeat applications.

Application form for the Middleton Relief in Need Trust

For more information MRINT@outlook.com.


Norman Barnes Fund

Who can apply to the Norman Barnes Fund?

You can apply for the Norman Barnes Fund if you live in Rochdale, Castleton, Norden or Bamford and are retired.

What grants are available

Grants from the Fund may be given for the welfare of the aged.

Restrictions

Only one application per applicant or organisation can be made to the Fund within any 12 month period, for up to a maximum of £250, if supporting information and evidence is supplied. All applications are considered on their merits at regular meetings of the Trustees. No payments can be made to help to pay tax, Council tax or any other statutory payments, except where relief or assistance is already provided out of statutory funds.

Application form for the Norman Barnes Fund 

Call​ 01706 924872 for more information.


Queen Elizabeth's Foundation

For an application form, contact:

Clerk to the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation
C/o 14 Rookway
Middleton M24 1EB

Contact 0161 643 2411 or  0161 654 7432, gc@temperleytaylor.co.uk.


Rochdale Ancient Parish Educational Trusts

Rochdale Ancient Parish Educational Trusts awards small grants for educational purposes.

Who can apply to the Rochdale Ancient Parish Educational Trusts?

You can apply for a grant if:

  • You live in the Ancient Parish of Rochdale. This area includes Rochdale, Wardle, Littleborough, Milnrow, Whitworth, Todmorden, Saddleworth, Newhey and Bacup; or
  • You attend a school in the area of the Ancient Parish of Rochdale; or
  • You've attended a school in the area of the Ancient Parish of Rochdale.

You must not have previously been awarded a grant from the Trust for the same acdemic year as your application. While there is no age limit, please be aware that preference may be given to applicants under the age of 25.

What grants are available

The Trust may award a grant for any purpose that promotes your education, including social and physical training. Grants will not normally be awarded for second degrees, Masters, Doctorates or similar qualifications or towards accommodation costs.

Examples of the types of things the Trust awards grants for include:

  • Costs of books, IT, equipment, uniforms, fees, specialist clothing or travel expenses.
  • Living expenses to enable you to complete an educational course.

Apply for a grant from the Rochdale Ancient Parish Educational Trust

To apply:

  1. Read the Rochdale Ancient Parish Educational Trust application guidance (166kb pdf).
  2. Complete the application form below.
  3. The Trust meets 3 times a year. For your application to be considered at these meetings, please return your completed form by either 20 February, 20 May or 31 August each year.

Application form for a grant from the Rochdale Ancient Parish Educational Trust (176kb pdf)


The Rochdale Fund for Relief in Sickness

The Rochdale Fund For Relief in Sickness can assist any individual who requires help as a result of hardship caused by sickness, injury, disability or infirmity. This includes both physical and mental sickness, or deprivation of a nature likely to impair physical or mental health, for example poverty or other adversity.

Who is eligible to apply to the Rochdale Fund for Relief in Sickness?

To be eligible to apply for assistance the individual must live in the Borough of Rochdale. This includes Wardle, Littleborough, Middleton, Heywood, Norden, Birtle, Milnrow and Newhey, but not Whitworth.  We are unable to approve any applications from national charities unless they are able to supply names of individuals they are helping in the above area.

All awards are subject to the approval of the Trustees and requests must be supported by a letter from a recognised body such as Social Services, a Health Visitor, a Doctor or other appropriate authority.

What grants are available for

Grants are available for:

  • Medical equipment for hospitals
  • Equipment for special schools
  • Help for individuals by provision of aids for daily living, for example wheelchairs, hoists, IT equipment, adaptations to homes, special leisure equipment, and medical aids. Also financial assistance towards the cost of items such as washing machines, cookers, clothing, beds or bedding for those with illness in the family.
  • Respite in the form of holidays or outings, nursing aid or comfort, help for close relatives to visit to care for patients
  • Other items, services and facilities at the discretion of the Trustees.

Restrictions

The Fund cannot help with:​​

  • Payment of debts, including utility bills, Council tax and Inland revenue payments
  • Hardship not directly related to, or caused as a result of, sickness

Application form for the Rochdale Fund for Relief in Sickness

The Rochdale Fund for Relief in Sickness


Rochdale United Charities

Who can apply to the Rochdale United Charities?

The area of benefit covered is the Ancient Parish of Rochdale, which includes the former County Borough of Rochdale, Castleton, Whitworth, Wardle, Littleborough, Todmorden and Saddleworth.

What grants are available

The Trustees can make grants of money or provide or pay for items, services or facilities calculated to reduce the need. They may pay for items or services by way of donations or subscriptions to institutions or organisations, which provide or undertake in return to provide items, services or facilities.

The following are examples of how the Charity may provide relief:

  • Payments to relieve sudden distress, sickness or infirmity;
  • Financial assistance towards the cost of domestic appliances;
  • Arrangements for recuperative holiday for people long deprived of such a holiday;
  • Medical aids and equipment;
  • Provision of telephones, televisions or radio sets for the lonely, bedridden or housebound.

Restrictions

The Trustees cannot give money directly in relief of rates, taxes or other public funds, but may give money in supplementing relief or assistance provided out of public funds.

The Trustees cannot commit themselves to renew the relief granted on any occasion in any case.

Before making grants, the Trustees have to satisfy themselves that relief is not already available from a statutory source.

Application form for the Rochdale United Charities

For more information 01457 876665.

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