Apex Works aims to address barriers that stop vulnerable and marginalised people achieving employment. The fund seeks to help them improve their prospects in the labour market, to relieve and prevent poverty through employment, and appropriate training.
We set up local family and company charitable funds, at less cost than setting up a separate charity. Each fund is named and directed by the donor and gives grants to local charitable groups of the donor’s choice. We do this to build and maintain a healthy, safe and thriving Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
How We Do It
- We create and manage personally named and directed charitable Funds for local companies, families, agencies and individuals
- We attract and distribute public funds
- We reinvigorate inactive or dormant local charitable trusts, in the spirit of the original intent
- Financial Management
- We manage donor funds of two types:
- endowment funds, where donations are invested for income to support local causes
- expendable funds, where donations are spent on local causes within a timescale
- We invest, manage and track donor funds, maintaining rigorous reporting systems. We ensure tax efficiency including managing Gift Aid claims
- Grant Giving
- We give grants for our donors to the needs and causes of their choice, from household names to “hidden” but vital groups which help keep Leicestershire and Rutland thriving. We only exclude causes which promote a single political or religious cause
- We maintain an extensive knowledge of local need and charitable groups, and can help donors select beneficiaries on any theme or area of need
- We check and report to donors on the impact their giving makes
- We work with donors, other charities, agencies and local authorities to reduce duplication and maximise local intelligence and impact
To set up your own personally named fund or to find out more about giving, contact Katy Green, Chief Executive on 0116 26 24 916 or email Katy Green.
For a current list of donors and funds, please see the drop down menu below.
The aim of this fund is to support projects providing arts activities for communities in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
This fund works to support DMU students in financial need who require overseas travel to expand their educational insight or future employment potential.
The Bobby Dhanjal Foundation offers support to groups working with disadvantaged children who live in Leicester City, aged 5-12 years old. http://www.bobbydhanjal.co.uk/bobby-dhanjal-foundation/
This fund works to support groups helping to alleviate issues of poverty in 3 Rutland parishes.
The Foundation will support and work with charitable groups that develop employability and business skills among children and young adults. http://ccbank.co.uk
Giving from this fund supports educational projects including sports, music and other after school activity.
On the Edge is a fund supporting children and young people who have experienced serious trauma and/or who are involved in the care system.
Giving from this fund supports the education of young people in Leicester city.
This fund supports a range of needs, offering 2-year funding opportunities to schemes tackling disadvantage in Leicestershire and Rutland.
This fund works to support projects tackling disadvantage and aims to empower people in areas of economic and social deprivation. The fund offers support to projects in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
This fund supports small charities and community groups across Leicestershire and Rutland aiming to improve quality of life. Projects working with young people aged 14-25, disabled, older people and in disadvantaged neighbourhoods are particularly welcomed.
This fund works to provide respite holidays for disabled children in Rutland.
The East Midlands Chamber Charitable Fund has announced it is supporting the following three charities during 2019.
TWENTY TWENTY – is an employment and support charity that breaks cycles of worklessness, hopelessness and dependency in the most deprived areas of Leicestershire and Derbyshire and Rutland, through working with young people aged 11 to 24. They believe that every young person has incredible potential, and that the most disaffected young people are resources to be developed rather than problems to be solved.
The young people who go to TwentyTwenty live without hope, in the most deprived neighbourhoods, many from families who are now long term unemployed:
- They have failed at school, through being excluded or not being able to engage with mainstream education. They exist in a demoralised state, feeling neglected and without a meaningful future;
- They face a wide range of personal and social needs: poor physical and mental health, learning disabilities (many are on the autistic spectrum), caring responsibilities (including teenage motherhood), lack of decent housing, family criminality, gross economic disadvantage, low level drug addiction and a complete lack of societal or family support.
TwentyTwenty exists to help these young people become independent, healthy, aspirational citizens who have the skills and wherewithal to hold down secure and progressive jobs. https://www.twentytwenty.org.uk/
SKILLFORCE – is an education charity that delivers life-changing, character and resilience-focused education programmes to children aged 6 to 18 using the skills and experience of complementary role models, often ex-Service veterans.
Having served their country in the British Army, Navy or the RAF, they are now serving in schools in their communities. Collectively they are helping to improve and indeed transform the lives of over 13,000 children and young people.
SkillForce has a unique dual mission, namely, to develop confidence, resilience and self-worth in young people, helping them to be happy, successful and have a foundation for positive mental health, whilst also helping former Service personnel to transition to civilian life, giving them renewed purpose, a paid job and a new, rewarding career working with young people.
The charity’s flagship education programme is The Prince William Award for 6 to 14 year olds. This is the only award programme of its kind and the only one to bear the name of our Patron, HRH Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge.
The charity also works with 14 to 19 year olds on confidence, resilience, employability and essential life skills. https://www.skillforce.org
CHICKS – is a national children’s charity providing free, week-long respite breaks for children living in difficult circumstances all over the UK. Established in 1992, CHICKS has provided a much needed break to more than 16,000 children aged 8 to 15.
The children come from a variety of backgrounds. Many are living in poverty or are young carers for parents or siblings, whilst others are victims of bullying, abuse or have been bereaved. The one thing they all have in common is that they desperately need a break away from home. When they come to stay at the CHICKS retreat in Derbyshire, they have the chance to enjoy their childhood in a safe and supported environment.
On their break, children get to enjoy new experiences and challenge themselves, trying out new activities such as horse-riding or rock climbing, as well as simply enjoying time in the beautiful natural environments around us. Often the most popular activities are the simplest, such as toasting marshmallows around the campfire or enjoying a bedtime story.
For the children supported by CHICKS, their break imparts new confidence, nurtures self-esteem, makes happy childhood memories and sparks new enthusiasm for life. But it doesn’t end at the break. Each child receives a Memory Bag to take home, containing precious mementos from the week as well as a freepost envelope so children can keep in contact. CHICKS also sends every child a birthday card and a few small individually wrapped Christmas presents, to ensure they feel valued. http://www.chicks.org.uk/
Efficient Portfolio, chartered financial planners in Rutland, has set up the Efficient Charitable Portfolio. Efficient Charitable Portfolio will raise money to give to communities in Rutland and London, where Efficient Portfolio have offices. National charities that their staff and clients nominate will also be supported. Money raised will be through donations from staff and clients.
The Erskine Murray Foundation has been set up to support local young people aged 13-18 facing challenges such as abuse, violence, exploitation or housing & homelessness issues. Staff voted overwhelmingly to help this age group and are also interested in supporting them through sport & recreation projects. They will nominate charities each year.
The Excellent Fund will offer several small grants each year to support young individuals in Rutland who need something specific to start or grow their business, such as a piece of equipment, license or some training.
To support a range of local needs.
The Hanwill fund supports projects on any theme within Leicestershire and Rutland.
The Rutland High Sheriff’s Fund offers support to a range of local needs in the county of Rutland.
This fund offers support to projects within Leicestershire and Rutland on any theme.
This fund works to support a range of local needs within Leicestershire.
The Hive Foundation supports charitable causes within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. It is currently prioritising children’s breakfast clubs.
The Hope Fund supports charities and organisations within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland that offer hope and opportunity to human and non-human animals.
The Jamie Lewis fund supports projects focusing on homelessness in Leicester City.
To support young children and adults who have overcome challenging circumstances or events or who have shown initiative in putting the needs of others first.
This fund works to support homelessness, education, disadvantaged young people 4-18 years and Community Regeneration projects.
This fund offers support to emerging social enterprises and children anywhere within Leicestershire and Rutland.
This fund aims to offer support to the elderly and children as well as those affected by cancer.
The aims of this fund are to enhance opportunities for children and young people in the city, with an emphasis on educational projects.
The Leicester Learning Fund offers the following small grants to schools:
- School Council Grants
- School Linking Grants
- Personal Support Grants
These small grants support work in schools that promote pupil participation, active citizenship and demonstrate a duty of concern for others.
Applications for up to £500 in each category will be considered.
For more information visit their website: http://www.sdsa.net/sdsa-foundation/
This fund offers support to a range of local needs within Leicester city and County.
This fund works to support crime prevention.
This fund offers support to a range of projects within Leicestershire and Rutland on any theme.
Mars in the Community offers support to projects and groups local to their facilities in Melton and Waltham. The scheme is currently under review and more details will be published soon.
Support is offered to projects providing respite for carers who are caring for people of any age suffering from any disability or illness and who live in Market Harborough and the surrounding 5 mile radius.
This fund supports people who have experienced mental health difficulties and/or learning disability. The fund offers help to projects taking place in Leicester city and county and in Rutland.
This fund work to support older people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland through the Royal Voluntary Service.
This fund supports animal welfare projects in the City and Counties.
Set up in memory of Rebecca Winand, this fund helps young people who may need extra support in their education through a bursary scheme at St Crispin’s School.
This fund works to support a range of projects tackling disadvantage in communities.
The Richi Rootz Foundation is set up in memory of Richard Harper, or Richi Rootz as he was known, a Leicester based musician. It provides support for younger stroke victims and for arts projects.
The Richard Bonney Literary Fund provides small grants for scholars in the research fields of racial and/or religious harmony in multi-faith and multicultural societies.
For more information and to apply – please click here
Giving from this fund focusses on projects making work and training opportunities accessible for young people in Melton and Rutland.
SEGRO is a leading owner, manager and developer of warehousing and industrial space,
The SEGRO Centenary Fund will focus on community projects in North West Leicestershire which help young and disadvantaged people into employment and will create community spaces to support people’s training, health and wellbeing. However, in the first year, funds will be used to help a variety of charities in the area to provide basic necessities, such as food, medicines and household essentials, and to support other initiatives which will help alleviate the impact of the Coronavirus crisis. https://www.segro.com/csr/centenaryfund?sc_lang=en
Support is offered to projects in Leicestershire and Rutland working with young people, families and those with alcohol and substance misuse issues. Support is also offered towards apprenticeship schemes.
Company and staff will support groups in their local community of Syston.
This fund works to support the development and growth of social enterprises in the county.
This fund is currently working to help the elderly and families in crisis.
This fund was set up by an anonymous donor, with beneficiaries yet to be defined.
This fund works to support projects in the City and Counties involving children aged up to 10 years old.
This fund works to support projects involving young people aged 14-25.
Support is offered to projects getting young people under the age of 19 engaged with sport.
Launched and run by Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation, Women in Philanthropy is a network of women building a sustainable fund to support 3 local charities per year. In 2017, the chosen WiP charities are Centre for Fun & Families; New Dawn New Day and The Evington Centre ward for advanced dementia.