Charities

The Killamarsh Combined Bread Charities

The Bread Charities are a combination of the following charities:

  • William Hewitt's charity from a will dated 4th April 1599
  • The charity known as Hewitt Senior's founded by will in 1480
  • John Kay's charity from a will of 1741
  • The charity of Henry Mirfin from a will of 4th May 1744
  • Sarah Poles charity from a will of 1747
  • The charity of John Ward from a will of 1669

These charities and the property thereof is administered and managed together as one charity known as The Killamarsh Combined Bread Charities in accordance with the Governing Document of the scheme by a body of Trustees. The scheme is approved by the Charities Commission.

Purpose of the Scheme
The Trustees are responsible for applying the income of the charity in relieving either generally or individually persons resident in the Parish of Killamarsh who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress by making grants of money or providing or paying for items, services or facilities calculated to reduce the need, hardship or distress of such persons.

Trustees and Trustee Meetings
The Killamarsh Combined Bread Charities currently has the following three Trustees:

  • Councillor William B Rice
  • Councillor Barry Jones
  • Councillor Anthony Fenwick

Trustee meetings are held on a quarterly basis usually during January, April, July and October at Killamarsh Sports Centre. Here, the trustees consider applications made for Grant funding from the charities.

What can the Grant funding be used for?

Grants of money - background

Grants of money to relieve poverty can take various forms. They may be given as a weekly allowance for a limited period, or as a lump sum to enable a particular expense or need to be met. Expenses that it may be proper to cover or contribute towards include:

  • Essential bills such as heating or water
  • A telephone bill (Where a telephone is necessary for a particular person or family)
  • A television or television license fee (Where a television is a necessity, say for an individual who is unable to leave home)
  • Travelling expenses for visits to hospital, nursing home or prison and related consequential expenditure such as accommodation, refreshments or childcare.

Grants to other organisations

Grants to relieve poverty need not be confined to individual people in need but may be made to organisations or charities that will in turn relieve such persons. Where donations are made to other charities established for the relief of poor, the money donated may only be used for the benefit of people who would qualify as beneficiaries of the original donor charity.

Grants can be made to organisations that are not charities (such as voluntary bodies) provided that the gift is clearly given for a purpose that is clearly charitable.

Grants may be made to other charities having aims wider than the relief of poverty, only if they are made subject to a specific condition that they have applied by the receiving charity to relieve need. It would not be acceptable for a grant to relieve need to be given to a charitable organisations whose objects did not include the relief of poverty.

Grants for services

Grants may be made to cover payment for necessary or essential services which cannot be funded by the beneficiary. Such services may include:

  • Household maintenance such as decorating
  • Repairs
  • Insulation
  • Gardening
  • Meals on wheels
  • Laundry
  • The provision of home help

Grants to improve prospects

Grants of money may be made to provide equipment which will help beneficiaries to earn their own living and improve their quality of life. Such grants might cover the provision of tools or books, payment for tuition or the payment of a course and exam fees.

Loans or gifts of household articles

Useful personal and household articles may be provided either outright or on loan. As well as obvious items such as furniture, clothing and heaters, rather less basic items such as washing machines, radio or television sets for people who are unable to leave home are also acceptable. In considering whether an item should be loaned or given outright, trustees should have regard to whichever is more appropriate given the cost of the item and the needs of the particular individual. They must also have regard to any particular powers contained in the charity's governing document.

Grants to persons receiving statutory benefit

Charity funds should not be used to replace State assistance. Trustees are required to make sure that a beneficiary is in full receipt of his/her statutory entitlements before they make a grant. This does not mean that a charity cannot provide temporary relief where there is delay in the receipt of benefits or that it cannot make grants where, even with his/her full entitlements, the beneficiary is still in need.

Trustees cannot make a grant in circumstances where the effect of the grant is simply to reduce the level of statutory entitlement. One example of this would be Income Support, where charitable assistance over a certain threshold reduces pound for pound the entitlement from public funds.

How to apply for a Grant

As mentioned earlier, Trustee Meetings are held on a quarterly basis and the trustees will consider applications made for Grant funding at these meetings.

Applications for Grant funding need to be made by completing one of the below forms:

If you do not have access to a printer please contact the Parish Office and a hard copy can be sent out to you.

Once the form has been completed please return it to:

The Bread Charities
Killamarsh Sports Centre
Killamarsh Community Campus
Stanley Street
Killamarsh
S21 1EL