Birmingham Local Grant programme

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As part of our commitment to a more sustainable form of local grant-making, in Birmingham we have established multi-year funding charity partnerships with BUDS, Edward's Trust and Sifa Fireside. Chosen by Zurich employees in Birmingham, these will remain in place until 2020.

The good news, however, is that we still have an annual grant pot of £17,500 to award to other deserving local causes - but please do look at our funding criteria first!

So if you are a small local charity or community group, your beneficiaries are situated within 25 miles of our office in Birmingham, and you help to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged people, we may be able to help you with a small grant of up to £1,000.

For this programme, any applications over £1,000 will not be considered and if a charity has been awarded a grant by the committee in 2017 or 2018, we will be unable to consider another application until 2020.

Birmingham grant window is NOW CLOSED and will re-open in 2020  – decisions for 2019 applications will be made by end of June. 

See below for details of how to apply.

Get in touch

For advice about the application process, or to talk through your particular grant application, please contact:

Online application form, process and timings

THE APPLICATION WINDOW FOR THE BIRMINGHAM LOCAL GRANTS PROGRAMME 2019 IS NOW CLOSED.

Once the application window re-opens in 2020 the online application form will be made live so bookmark this page and come back to it then.

Once live, here is what you'll need to do:

- PICK UP the phone and speak to Carla Mandis on 07812 265216 or email carla.mandis@zct.org.uk. You can then talk
  through your particular grant application and/or get advice. We know you're busy so this will save you (and us) time
  in the long run!

- BEFORE starting to complete the form, please take the time to read through all the questions to make sure you
  have all the required details to hand. It is not possible to save the form as you are completing it, so this is essential.

- Supporting documents - please ensure you have your latest Annual Report and Accounts (in Word, pdf or other
  emailable format) to submit along with the form - you will be prompted to attach these at the end of the application
  process. PLEASE NOTE, you will be unable to submit the form without attaching the supporting document(s).

- Once you have completed the form please click on the 'Submit application' button at the bottom of the form to
  submit this and the supporting documentation to the Zurich Community Trust team. For 2019 applications, the committee will then make and communicate their decisions by 31 July.

The Local Grants Committee gives careful consideration to all applications. However, the demand for grants nearly always exceeds the amount of funds available. This means that some good applications, whilst meeting our criteria, still have to be rejected.

Looking for volunteers? We may be able to help!

We run a number of programmes to enable Zurich employees to share their time and/or business skills with their local community.  All bring tremendous benefits to the voluntary organisations and the people they work with. We may be able to help you too!

Listed below are some of the things we do.  Contact us if your organisation is within a 25 mile radius of Birmingham and has something that needs doing under one of these headings:

Annual Challenge - mainly practical one-off projects, which teams of staff can take up. For example, decorating, DIY, day trips or gardening. 

Skillshare - short term projects, taking typically 10 hours, and where staff share their business skills in areas such as marketing, HR, finance and IT. 

Need another pair of hands? If you're looking for one-off support - eg acting as a marshall at a running event or manning a stall - get in touch. We're sometimes able to find just the right person.

Please contact Carla Mandis, Zurich Cares Programme Manager, either by telephoning 07812 265216 or email carla.mandis@zct.org.uk  and we may be able to help.