Two Ridings Community Foundation

The Grassroots - Richard Weare
Endowment Fund

The Grassroots/ Richard Weare Endowment fund is made up of donations to the Government-funded Grassroots Grants programme (2008-2011), which increased donations by 100%.

The most significant contribution to the scheme was from The Richard Weare Charitable Trust, founded by the late Colonel Richard Weare JP DL. We are proud to honour this contribution in the grant scheme's name.

Today these two funds, together with other donations, have created a permanent endowment that will benefit our communities today and for years to come.

Blackburn Leisure Bowling Club
Blackburn Leisure Bowling Club enjoy their newly improved green

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Guidance notes

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Grant Available
Grants available up to £3,000
 Available for/ to
  • Small, mainly volunteer led, charities and voluntary and community groups with a total income of under £30k per annum
  • Groups based in York, North Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull
Restrictions (if applicable)


When to Apply
Applications to this fund will be assessed on an ongoing basis and decisions on awards in 2015 will be made in March,June, September and December.

Deadlines for consideration at each meeting will be 10th February,  12th May, 11th August and 10th November.

Applications received after these deadlines will go forward into the next decision making  meeting.


Important Information for all applicants

The Grassroots Grant scheme was a £130 million Labour Government programme, funded by the Office of The Third Sector (now the Office for Civil Society) and launched in 2008.