Supporting national and local charities

The foundation works in close partnership with a wide range of charitable organisations in communities around the country.

In collaboration with our supporters, partners, employees and homeowners, we offer vital support to charities to help them build happy and vibrant communities across the country. We provide support in three key areas: long-term charity partnerships, community grants, and volunteering.

Health and wellbeing of older people

We will champion the health and wellbeing of older people in the community by:

  • Providing grant funding to community charities supporting the needs of older people
  • Supporting projects that include intergenerational or community regeneration
  • Partnering with charities who actively engage older people in community activities
  • Actively facilitating opportunities for volunteering
  • Advocating and campaigning for older people
Helping young people overcome educational challenges

Helping young people overcome educational challenges

We will support the educational challenges of young people through intergenerational programmes by:

  • Committing volunteering days every year to support children with additional learning needs
  • Building long-term partnerships with charities, local schools, and community groups
  • Providing grant funding for charities and community groups supporting children with additional learning needs
  • Promoting intergenerational learning opportunities
Creating and enhancing community spaces

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community spaces

We will create and enhance community spaces that bring people together and foster connection and opportunity by:

  • Ensure community spaces are accessible and able to be enjoyed by all ages
  • Promoting opportunities for generations to enjoy work and recreation together
  • Bringing together communities through volunteering
  • Partnering with community charities to develop sustainable community spaces
Small Grants Programme

Small Grants

The Foundation awards one-off grants to registered charities and community organisations working towards the primary focus of our charitable outcomes. We’re keen to give grants to grassroots and volunteer led charities helping to make a difference in the community.

Please note, we are now closed to expressions of interest and applications, while we review our current round of submissions. Our Grant Guidance which explains more about projects and programmes we will consider for funding. Our priority is finding organisations or charities working with intergenerational activities that benefit both older adults and children, with an element of community regeneration. 

Download our Grant Guidance HERE.

We know that many small organisations don’t have the resources for complex or extensive grant applications and monitoring, so we will do our best to work with you to make the process simple, transparent, and fair. We will also work with you to help report on the impact the grant will have. You can also find out more in our Grant Making Policy that covers the processes and criteria in greater depth.

Lending a hand - volunteering

Volunteering can be transformational for charities, as well as hugely rewarding for those gifting their time. However, we know that the key to this is matching the needs of our charity partners with the skill sets of our many volunteers. We know that sometimes small charities need help in a wide range of ways, from leadership and management skills through to IT and Finance.

We’re always keen to hear from local projects close to McCarthy Stone developments or offices that may benefit from volunteer support. This may be working to clear a community space, supporting food delivery to older people in the community or reading at a school.

If your organisation could benefit from volunteer support, or if you’d like to volunteer with the foundation then we would love to hear from you.

Please do get in touch for more information.