Supporting local communites

The CDS Action Charitable Trust makes donations to community organisations who operate in the same communities as CDS to promote health and well-being. So far over £475k has been shared with local organisations supporting causes as varied as canoes for scouts to sign language groups.  Applications are invited from charities, social enterprises and community groups in Norfolk and Waveney, Leicestershire, Essex, Oxfordshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire with grants ranging in scale from £500 to £5,000.

Applications are reviewed every three months by a group of trustees made up of CDS employees.

Our aim is to support community organisations who can make relatively small grants go a long way.


Organisations CDS Action has supported recently include:

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Asthma Relief

CDS Action helped fund nebulisers to support Asthma Relief’s Rapid Response Programme. The programme allows them to be able to respond to the most urgent requests immediately, such as a hospice worker requesting a nebuliser for a patient with a terminal illness to be allowed home to spend the remaining time with their loved ones.

Changing Faces

Changing Faces is a charity that supports children, young people, and adults with a scar, mark, or condition on their body, providing life-changing mental health, wellbeing, and skin camouflaging services. CDS Action helped to fund counselling support for their service.

Change Please Foundation

The Change Please Foundation is a charity with a mission to support people experiencing homelessness back into employment. CDS Action funded oral Health equipment for the homeless healthcare bus.

Chums Charity

Chums Charity aims to fill the gaps in local mental health and emotional wellbeing provision in Bedfordshire that is not provided or funded by central or local government. CDS Action supported the operating costs of the Bedford Suicide and Bereavement Service, supporting families in the immediate aftermath of a suicide/suspected suicide, carrying on the support from the earliest hours and days following death, through the inquest and beyond.

Eden Lincs

Eden Lincs is a domestic abuse service in Lincolnshire. CDS Action provided them funding to send four members of staff to attend Stalking Training to enhance the support they provide. They were also able to replace washing machines and dryers in their largest multi-occupancy refuge.


InspireUK is a charity that offers counselling and therapeutic services, learning and advocacy to those who face barriers to accessing mental health support. CDS Action funds to launch a new workstream to support 18-30 year olds within the local area with mental health resilience support.

Jaywick Community Resource Centre

CDS Action helped fund oral health packs for the Jaywick Community Resource Centre food bank.

Keech Hospice Care

CDS Action funded a new specialist lateral tilt pressure mattress for the adult in-patient unit at Keech Hospice Care. Each year, approximately 150 patients are cared for on the adult in-patient unit, and the funding for a new mattress allows patients to live well, safely and comfortably as they approach the end of life.


Love4Life are a Loughborough based organisation, supporting vulnerable young girls aged 11-18 years old to make positive choices in their health, education, and relationships. CDS Action provided funding to support 16 community groups across Leicestershire and Derby with enrichment resources and room hire during the winter.

Mouth Cancer Foundation

CDS Action matched fundraising donations for the Mouth Cancer Foundation, a charity dedicated to raising awareness and support for those suffering from or at risk of mouth cancer, throat cancer and other head and neck cancers, as well as providing assistance and information on living with mouth cancer for families, friends and carers.

Peaceful Pony

Peaceful Pony provide emotional well-being services, specialising in working with children and families by created facilitated spaces with therapy horses, dogs and cats. CDS Action have funded a semi-permeable base to create an all ability/wheelchair-accessible path in order to offer their services to a wider audience.


Progressability support young people who are struggling academically and are significantly disadvantaged, socially and economically. CDS Action helped fund warm protective clothing for young people for outdoor courses and activities, to ensure each child is comfortable when outside.


SMART is a charity that provides safe spaces for vulnerable people in crisis experiencing homelessness and poverty, helping them to develop resources and skills to prevent future homelessness. CDS Action funded summer resources, including hats, sun cream, and water bottles, to allow services users to take care of themselves during the summer heat.


SOFEA provides education, employability, and wellbeing programmes for vulnerable young people. CDS Action funding supported the Community Larder Project, where in which families are supported with access to food and wellbeing support. They are now able to offer dental packs to provide support, advice, and the appropriate tools to aid prevention of oral health issues, as the priorities of people who use food larders may not be on their dental care due to the cost of living.

St Elizabeth Hospice

St Elizabeth Hospice supports people with progressive and life-limiting illnesses across Suffolk, in order to improve their quality of life for the limited time they have left. CDS Action helped fund specialist reclining chairs for the hospice.

Hamlet Centre Trust

The Hamlet Centre Trust, based in Norwich, provides tailored respite and care for those with profound physical and learning disabilities, complex health needs and life-limiting medical conditions. CDS Action helped to fund the purchase of a Mobile Changing Bed, enabling them to care for the personal care needs of our members with limited or no mobility.

The Little Princess Trust

CDS Action matched fundraising donations for The Little Princess Trust, an organisation that provides real hair wigs to children and young people, up to age 24.

Wellspring Family Centre

The Wellspring Family Centre facilitates community projects that address key social needs in Dereham, Norfolk. CDS Action helped fund their Food Cabin, where in which affordable food items and toiletries are provided to low-income families and individuals.

Questions about applying for a grant

Who can apply?

Applications are invited from charities, social enterprises and community groups.  We regret we cannot fund individuals.  Organisations should be based in the same communities as CDS CIC; Norfolk, Waveney area of Suffolk, Essex, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.

What are minimum and maximum donations?

We do not have minimum donations but it is very unlikely we would give a grant of more than £5k, although organisations may make another funding application in the next financial year.

What types of projects do you fund?

Applications must demonstrate clear social value and support health and well-being of local populations.  Funding should not be used for maintenance or on-going costs after 12 months and applications should show evidence of how they will meet previously unmet needs.  We do not fund staff costs.

How can I apply?

Applications must be made by completing an application form giving as much detail as possible about the difference the funding will make and who will benefit.

Please send completed applications to the secretary by email