Who We Support
We support UK and overseas charities by contributing to the funding of specific projects or operational costs through our grant programmes:
- National partnership grants
- Local and Discretionary grants
Members of the Openwork Group come together to raise money for good causes and make generous personal donations. All members also have the opportunity to nominate an eligible UK registered charity for a grant.
Charities that wish to apply for funding through any of our grant programmes must be nominated by a member of the Openwork Group. We do not accept unsolicited applications for any of our grants.
In addition to raising funds and awarding grants, members are encouraged to volunteer within their local communities, through the Openwork Foundation’s community challenge opportunities.
Our 2020 National Charity Partner
The Openwork Foundation works in collaborative partnership with established charities to support long-term initiatives. Our national charity partner is currently my AFK (rebranded from Action for Kids in 2018). my AFK was founded in 1991 by Sally Bishop who wanted to raise money to purchase a powered wheelchair for a disabled boy who couldn’t get the equipment he needed on the NHS.
The charity now provides and maintains mobility equipment for disabled children and young adults across the UK. my AFK also works with young people with learning disabilities to help with their transition to adulthood and help prepare them for work.
Following 3 years of a very successful partnership, we will continue to support my AFK’s important work in 2020 with a £40,000 annual grant. The grant will be used to develop the my AFK advocacy programme to support families in securing funding from statutory services and other funders, raise awareness of the cost to maintain the equipment and also to fund specialist mobility equipment, where funding is not available.
Together, we will aim to meet the vision of children and young people being empowered to live the life they chose, more independently.
Local and Discretionary Grants
The partners, advisers, and staff within the Openwork Group can nominate a UK registered charity for a grant of up to £10,000 for a specific project or operational costs to maintain their valuable services. These grant applications are assessed quarterly by our Grant Committee, which is made up of members of the Openwork Group.
Grants we have previously awarded have helped:
- charities fund the salaries of specialist staff
- fund respite for carers supporting vulnerable people, children and adults alike.
- fund the building of adventure playgrounds for disabled children
- purchase medical equipment and mobility equipment
- build hydrotherapy pools and conversions in hospices
- contribute to the cost of specially adapted minibuses for people living with disabilities.
- fund the training of hearing dogs for deaf people
For more details about the different projects we have funded, please view the grant and case study pages.
We also issue smaller grants of up to £250 to charities where there is not a specific project to fund. It gives our supporters the opportunity to support a cause close to their heart, that may have supported a member of their family or themselves.
Applications for these grants must also be nominated by a member of the Openwork Group.
Volunteering in our Communities
The Openwork Group encourages its members to volunteer within their local communities, through the Openwork Foundation ‘communitychallenge’ programme. Members of staff, partners and Financial Advisers complete challenges throughout the year to help local charities where they live and work.
Previous challenges have included:
- painting and decorating charity premises
- sprucing up a sensory playground
- providing young carers and their families with a day of fun and respite
- providing a day out for people with special needs
- providing afternoon tea and entertainment for older people experiencing isolation
The teams organising the events will fundraise themselves to cover all costs. To encourage participation, all Openwork staff receive one paid day, a year to volunteer and the Openwork Group uplift their fundraising by 50% to allow them give back even more.
The mission of the Openwork Foundation will always be to make a positive difference to those in need, whether it be through the donation of money, the giving of time or the sharing of skills.
Together we are proud to make a difference