Grants from the Fund

From its inception, the E F Bulmer Benevolent Fund assisted former and current Bulmer employees in a variety of ways, and also made grants to local charities. The Fund is for the benefit of persons who have been employees of H P Bulmer Holdings plc or its subsidiary companies for a period of not less than one year, or their dependants, suffering from poverty whether through sickness, misfortune, the large number of their dependants or otherwise. If you are a former employee seeking a grant, please visit the Pensioners and Former Employees page.

The Trustees also make grants to Herefordshire-based charitable organisations or groups existing for the relief of poverty or sickness of persons in Herefordshire, as well as to individuals who are in need, hardship or distress. The Trustees try to ensure that any grant awarded will make a genuine and significant improvement to the work of the group supported. This is normally achieved by personal visits by a Trustee or the Administrator to those requesting grants in order to assess their real needs. The Fund will support revenue funding (but only for one year at a time) and project or capital funding.

In 2013-2014, grants ranging from a few hundred pounds to several thousand pounds were made to some 60 organisations. Recent grants have included:

Hard Copy applications from Herefordshire-based organisations should be sent to the Administrator and should be short (no more than 2 sides of A4), together with a budget for the organisation and (if applicable) for the project, and the organisation’s most recent report and accounts. An Application Form for Organisations is available. This is not mandatory, but useful for organisations who have not previously received a grant. Most organisations simply tell their own story in their own words: who they are, what they do, who benefits, how much it costs, where the money comes from and how much is still needed. Please note that we now pay grants electronically so ensure that we have your bank details (sort code, account number and your reference).

Organisations based outside Herefordshire, but working with specific Herefordshire-based beneficiaries, may occasionally be supported. Please contact the Administrator to discuss this before making an application: this will save your time and ours!

Herefordshire-based organisations are also encouraged to contact the Administrator, who is very happy to discuss applications by E-mail or telephone prior to the application being submitted.

There are no regular deadlines for applications, but the Trustees usually meet four times a year, so, depending on the volume of applications received, organisations should expect to hear within four months of applying. Eligible applications are acknowledged. Applicants will be told which meeting their application will be considered at and will informed of the result as soon as possible after a Trustees’ meeting. Replies will not be sent to ineligible applicants (usually those outside Herefordshire).

Small grants (under £500) are sometimes made to individuals in Herefordshire without any HP Bulmer connection. Applications should be made by Email by an organisation (public sector, charity etc) with knowledge of the individual's circumstances. The organisation should read and act upon the attached Note on Small Grants and fill in the Application Form for Individuals. The Administrator will make contact with the organisation once the information is received. Please note that there are some recent changes to the form and also that we now pay grants electronically so ensure that we have your bank details (sort code, account number and your reference).

If your beneficiaries are not resident in Herefordshire, please do not make an application.

James Greenfield

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