Austin Bailey Foundation logoThe Austin Bailey Foundation was established in Swansea in 1984 by the late Mr Keith Bailey with the help of Canon Don Lewis. The aims of the Foundation are greatly influenced by the founder’s strong family ties to Swansea, his Christian upbringing and his wartime experiences.

Those aims can be summarised as assistance to those who are in need or adversity, the relief of poverty and the furtherance of the Christian faith.

The Austin Bailey Foundation provides small grant funding in three categories: local charities (50%), local churches and chapels (25%) and overseas organisations providing for the relief of poverty and the fostering of opportunities for young people in the developing world.

The Austin Bailey Foundation would welcome additional grant applications from local charities and churches in 2017.

Local charity grants are given to assist work in the Swansea area with children, young people and families, those who are disabled, unemployed, homeless, ill, infirm, aged, in need or disadvantaged in other ways. Grants are sometimes given to national charities to be used specifically for their work in the Swansea area.

Grants to local churches and chapels are for advancement of the Christian faith by supporting the work and activities of those organisations.

During the 2016 financial year, the Foundation distributed grants to 32 local charities totally £25,175 as well as 12 awards to local churches totally £12,100 and 43 awards totally £21,221 to overseas charities.

To apply for a grant, you will need to complete a short application form which can be found on the website. Your application and the charity’s most recent accounts can be submitted electronically to the address at the end of the form.  

The Trustees normally meet in May and December when all applications are discussed. Applications should be submitted by 1st April and 1st November. Grant amounts awarded vary but generally range from £300-£800.

Frequently asked questions with their answers can also be found on the website as well as telephone numbers if you wish to discuss your application before submission.

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