Who can we help?

This category of grant provides a twice yearly payment to ladies who meet the following criteria:

  • Ladies must live alone and be aged 60 years or over.
  • Ladies must have lived in a West Midlands county and no more than 60 miles from Birmingham Town Hall for at least five years.
  • Ladies’ income must be less than £188 per week; this includes all pension, earnings/JSA/ESA, personal independence payments, disability living allowance, mobility allowance or motability car equivalent, attendance allowance and bereavement allowance. Please note that housing benefit, council tax reduction, winter fuel and cold weather payments are not included in the weekly income calculation.
  • Ladies' savings must be less than £10,000.
  • Ladies must have a bank or building society account in their own name which can accept BACs payments. Post Office accounts cannot be accepted.
  • All the above are subject to review at each Trustees' Meeting.

Who can make a twice yearly grant application? 

Grant applications can be made in one of two ways:

  • Organisations can make online grant applications on behalf of ladies.
  • Individual ladies can request a paper based application form.

How to apply for a twice yearly grant

Applications for the Spring distribution should be received no later than 15 March and for the Autumn no later than 15 September.

Organisations making online grant applications on behalf of ladies

  • You will need to register your organisation and receive an Applicant ID and Registered Organisation Name before you are able to submit applications.
  • Please read these guidelines and online Privacy Notice in full and provide the Privacy Notice to the applicant before proceeding to make an application.
  • You will need the applicant’s explicit consent to apply for a grant on their behalf. Please ensure that you complete the box on the online application form confirming explicit consent.
  • Applications should be completed in full.
  • Incomplete applications can be saved and re-visited prior to submission.
  • Once you have submitted an application you will receive an email notifying you that your application has been received. Your application will be allocated a unique application number, please quote this number when contacting us.
  • Applications may take 2–4 weeks to be assessed and are assessed in date order. 
  • Any follow up queries will be emailed to you.

Individual ladies can request a paper based application form

  • Please contact the Charity at enquiries@barondavenportscharity.org or telephone the office on 0121 236 8004 to request an application form.
  • Please read the Twice Yearly Grants to Older Ladies Guidelines and Privacy Notice at the end of the application form in full before completing and returning your application form.
  • Applications should be completed in full and signed by the applicant.
  • Your application must be checked and signed by two people of good standing who can certify the accuracy of the answers you have given – for example a support or social worker, doctor, clergyman or professional person – this must not be a family member.
  • Please return your signed and completed application form to the Charity at the address below.
  • You will be notified of any follow up queries.

How is the award received?

  • Grants are paid directly into ladies’ bank accounts at the end of May and November each year.
  • Changes to bank details should be notified in writing to the Charity as soon as possible.

How to re-apply for an award

Re-applications for the Spring distribution should be received no later than 15 March and for the Autumn no later than 15 September.

Organisations making online grant re-applications on behalf of ladies

  • You will be sent a list of ladies eligible to re-apply at the end of May and November each year.
  • Please read these guidelines and online Privacy Notice in full and provide the Privacy Notice to the applicant before proceeding to make an application.
  • You will need the applicant’s full explicit consent to re-apply for a grant on their behalf. Please ensure that you complete the box on the online re-application form confirming explicit consent.
  • Re-applications should be completed in full.
  • Incomplete applications can be saved and re-visited prior to submission. 
  • Once you have submitted a re-application you will receive an email notifying you that your re-application has been received. Your re-application will be allocated a unique application number, please quote this number when contacting us.
  • Re-applications may take 2–4 weeks to be assessed and are assessed in date order.
  • Any follow up queries will be emailed to you.

Individual ladies re-applying directly

  • A re-application form will be sent to you by post twice yearly at the end of May and November.
  • Please read the Twice Yearly Grants to Older Ladies Guidelines and Privacy Notice at the end of the re-application form in full before completing and returning your application form.
  • Your re-application must be checked and signed by someone of good standing who can certify the accuracy of the answers you have given – for example a support or social worker, doctor, clergyman or professional person – this must not be a family member.
  • Re-application forms should be completed in full and signed by the applicant.
  • Please return your signed and completed re-application form to the Charity at the address below.
  • You will be notified of any follow up queries.

Is there a right to appeal?

There is no right of appeal. The decision whether to award a grant is solely at the discretion of the Trustees of the Charity. If you wish us to review a decision based on additional information that you wish to be considered, please provide this in writing to the Charity Administrator by email or post.