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
  • Distributing a minimum of £50k in 2021 of small grant funding
  • 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:

  • Distributing a minimum of £25k of small grant funding in 2021
  • 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:

  • Contributing to the development of 50 urban community spaces
  • Distributing a minimum of £25k in 2021 for regenerating community spaces
  • 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

Our charity partnerships

A key part of our work is the development of long-term strategic partnerships. As well as supporting the delivery of local projects, we proactively look for new volunteering opportunities and to share resources and technology. These partnerships are reviewed annually, with our next review scheduled for November 2021. If you are from an organisation who would like to work with us, you can register your interest by completing the contact form.

Royal Voluntary Service

The Royal Voluntary Service provides much-needed support for over-stretched public services and for people as they age. They work at scale in the NHS, freeing up NHS staff to dedicate more time to patient care, and within communities to give practical help and support to those in need.
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National literacy charity Coram Beanstalk recruit, train and support volunteers to provide consistent, one-to-one reading support to children aged 3-13. Reading helpers give them the support they need to improve their reading skills, reading ability and confidence for later life.
Small Grants Programme

Small Grants

The Foundation awards one-off grants to registered charities working towards one or more of our charitable outcomes. We’re keen to give grants to grassroots and volunteer led charities helping to make a difference in the community. Before applying, please do review the Foundation Grants Policy, which explains the application and awarding process. Please note we are currently not accepting unsolicited applications for our small grants programme, but if you wish to contact us to express an interest, please use the contact form to do so. 

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.

To make an register interest for funding or recommend a charity for support, please get in touch.

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.