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 £431k 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.


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