Background and History
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.
H P Bulmer Pensioners and Former Employees
The Fund is primarily for the benefit of people 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, who are impoverished, sick or otherwise in need. If you are a former employee seeking a grant, please visit the Pensioners and Former Employees page.
Grants to Organisations with Herefordshire Beneficiaries
The Trustees make grants to Herefordshire-based charitable organisations or groups existing for the relief or avoidance of poverty or sickness of people in Herefordshire in accordance with the Fund’s objectives. Community facilities and arts projects are not normally supported. 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 visits by a Trustee or the Administrator to organisations requesting grants in order to assess their real needs.
Types of Grant
The Fund will support revenue funding (running costs), but only for one year at a time, and project or capital funding.
Sizes and Examples of Previous Grants
In 2016-2017, grants ranging from a few hundred pounds to several thousand pounds were made to some 60 organisations and included:
Age Concern Ross & District: £3,610 running costs
Basement Youth Trust: £6,000 running costs
Breast Cancer Haven: £9,600 rebuilding programme
Brightspace Foundation: £5,000 Orchard Art project
British Red Cross Hereford & Worcester: £4,000 wheel chairs
ECHO: £3,600 supporting volunteers
Family Drug Support: £3,000 running costs
Hereford Deaf Children’s Society: £3,258 residential activities
Herefordshire Growing Point: £3,000 client transport
Herefordshire Headway: £7,500 running costs
Herefordshire Mind: £10,000 furniture and fittings for new residential unit
Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service: £5,000 Community Wheels Transport
HOPE Family Centre: £7089.50 Contact Centre
Hope Support Services: £3,500 running costs
Leominster Shopmobility: £3,500 running costs
Longlands Care Farm: £5,000 running costs
Madley Environmental Study Centre: £6,040 running costs
Megan Baker House: £3,000 running costs
Our News Our Views: £3,000 running costs
Ride2Achieve Riding for the Disabled: £5,000 running costs
Tenbury Transport Trust: £3,500 Herefordshire clients transport
All applicants are required to fill in the Application Form for Organisations. This gives us the basic information to assess your eligibility, and ensures that you send us all the information we need. Changes to the Application Form are made periodically, so ensure that you are using the most recent update (the form says when it was last updated). Applications made on out of date forms will be rejected.
On no more than 2 sheets of A4 (no smaller than 12 point font), tell your own story in your own words: who you are, what you do, who benefits, how much it costs, your main sources of income and how much is still needed.
Attach the organisation’s budget for the current and following years, and, if you are seeking project funding, the project budget. This should be brief (we don’t want monthly cash flow projections): include the main expenditure headings and main sources of promised or expected income, and the shortfall (which is what you are asking us to help with).
Reports and Accounts
If your most recent report and accounts are available on the Charity Commission Website, or another easily accessible Website, state this on the form and do not send them. If they are not available on-line, they should be submitted with the application.
Organisations Based outside Herefordshire but who have Herefordshire Beneficiaries.
Organisations based outside Herefordshire, but working with specific Herefordshire-based beneficiaries, may be supported. We will need to know how many people in Herefordshire you support and what it costs to support them. E-mail the Administrator to discuss this before making an application: this will save your time and ours.
Submission of Applications
Your hard copy application should be sent to the Administrator at the address on the form.
Meeting Dates and Deadlines
The Trustees meet 4 times a year, usually in March, June, September and December. Cut off dates are the 15th of the preceding month: 15 February, 15 May, 15 August, 15 November. Eligible applications are acknowledged and applicants will be told when their application will be considered and will be informed of the result as soon as possible after the meeting. Replies will not be sent to ineligible applicants.
Read these Guidelines!
If you don’t understand anything, E-mail the Administrator, who is very happy to discuss applications before submission.
Grants To Individuals In Herefordshire
Small grants (under £500) are sometimes made for individuals resident in Herefordshire but who have no H P Bulmer connection. These applications are usually dealt with within a week or two. Applications should be made by E-mail by an organisation (public sector, charity etc) with knowledge of the individual’s circumstances, not directly by the individual applicant. The organisation should read and act upon the Individual Small Grant Application Guidelines and fill in the Application Form for Individuals. The Administrator will make contact with the organisation once the information is received. Changes to the Guidelines and Application Form are made periodically, so ensure that you are using the most recent update (both documents say when they were last updated). Applications made on out of date forms will be rejected.