The term Resource Deprivation gets bandied about a lot. It is used to describe deprived areas lacking core services, including education, health, financial and support. Educational attainment, health, and quality of life are lowered, while unemployment and crime increase. As with most umbrella terms it is accurate only up to a point.

The Trustees use it here in the knowledge that nowhere will meet all the criteria which define a community or household completely accurately as being resource deprived.

What is important is the concept that a lack of structures and services or a relative lack of structures and services leads to elements of deprivation. The Trustees therefore look to help projects and services that try to work in such places to relieve aspects of resource deprivation.

This could be countering the effects of poor transport infrastructure, absence of safe and secure play space, lack of community meeting places, lack of sporting and recreational facilities, or difficulty in accessing advice and counselling services.

Clearly this is not an exhaustive list but it makes the point that the benefit that flows from a grant need not be to a specific group or age range but to the community-at-large.

Level of funding available

There is no minimum or maximum grant size for this programme, but applicants should be aware that large grant requests are significantly less likely to be approved and take considerably longer to process.

Please note – the total grant cannot be greater than 50% of your most recent annual turnover.

Extra priority

Extra priority will be given to groups that:

  • work in a particularly disadvantaged or deprived area
  • have limited access to other sources of income
  • clearly define the need they are addressing
  • clearly demonstrate the benefit to young people
  • demonstrate a commitment to service user involvement
  • can demonstrate partnership working
  • offer matched funding opportunities
West Midlands and wider area