If your organisation is based within a 25 mile radius of our office in Bishops Cleeve, near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, and works to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged people, we may be able to help you. 

We have an annual local grants budget of £75,000, with an average grant tending to be in the region of £1,500 to £3,000.

For a quick overview of some of the organisations we currently support, and the issues addressed,  please click here or to the left to download our flyer.




How to apply for a grant if your organisation is based in Gloucestershire


Due to high demand for funding, we are unable to consider any new requests for funding until November 2017

For advice about the application process or to talk through your particular grant application, please contact Sarah Barter (Monday to Wednesday only) on 01793 502202 or email sarah.barter@zct.org.uk. 

  • The Grants Committee gives careful consideration to all applications. Inevitably, demand for grants always exceeds funds available. This means that some good applications, whilst meeting our criteria, still have to be rejected.    
  • As part of the evaluation process, a meeting will be set up with a member of the Grants Committee to talk about the grant application in more detail.  We aim to reach a decision about grant applications within three months of receipt.

What we don't fund

If you are seeking support for a project on the list of exclusions below, please click on the link Suggestions for other sources of funds:

  • Applications by an individual for any purpose or on behalf of an individual e.g. personal medical equipment, expeditions, exchanges, or study tours
  • Medical research
  • Statutory organisations including mainstream schools and hospitals - unless exclusively for a special needs group
  • Playgroups and mother and toddler groups - unless exclusively for special needs
  • Sports clubs, and Community clubs - unless exclusively for special needs or disadvantaged children
  • Scouts, Girl Guides, Cadets  and other similar organisations - unless exclusively for special needs or disadvantaged children
  • Animal welfare charities
  • Conservation or environmental projects - unless primarily involving disadvantaged people
  • Political organisations or those supporting military action.
  • Organisation that promote religious beliefs
  • Fundraising events and secondary grant giving including appeals or events for national charities
  • Advertising or sponsorship connected with charitable activities.

Do you need volunteers? We may be able to help ...

We run a number of programmes to enable employees to share their time and/or business skills with their local community.  All bring tremendous benefits to the voluntary organisations and the people they work with. We may be able to help you too. 

Listed below are some of the things we do.  Contact us if your organisation is within a 30 mile radius of Cheltenham and has something that needs doing under one of these headings:

Annual Challenge - mainly practical one-off projects, which teams of staff can take up. For example, decorating, DIY, day trips or gardening.
Skillshare - short term projects, taking typically 10 hours, and where staff share their business skills in areas such as marketing, HR, finance and IT.
Need Trustees? - we encourage staff to take up these positions in our programmes. Also, to take up positions as school governors in special needs schools or schools in disadvantaged areas.

Please contact Steve Grimmett, Zurich Cares UK Manager, either by telephoning him on 07875 886341 or e-mail steve.grimmett@zct.org.uk   and we may be able to help.