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Tom Carey Fund

More Information

This fund has been set up to support new and existing community activity in the Abbey ward of Derby City. The Fund’s main purpose is to improve the quality of life for residents in this area.

The Tom Carey fund will offer financial assistance to community groups that are addressing the needs of their local community or the needs of a specific group of people within the area. They should show that they are engaging in community life and encouraging people within the Abbey ward to mix and support each other. Consideration will also be given to projects within Abbey’s neighbouring wards, particularly if they can demonstrate provision of services and facilities to Abbey residents.

There is also a small pot of funding available for individuals living in the Abbey Ward only. This funding is to allow people to access education and training courses as well as supporting younger people with developing sporting and talent in performing arts.

Type of Project costs funded

  • Capital (any items of equipment) including refurbishment / building work
  • Revenue (any non-equipment costs) including ongoing running costs for a project or group
  • One off events and one-off projects


Preference will always be given to community activity benefiting Abbey ward residents.


Abbey Ward – Derby City


The maximum grant for community groups is currently £10,000 although preference will be given to applications of up to £5,000.

Individuals can apply for up to £2,000

Closing Dates

There are no fixed closing dates. The decision making panel meet four times per year.

Examples of grants made

  • £5,000 for refurbishment of a central community space
  • £5,000 for the set up of a credit union branch in the ward to increase debt advice, encourage saving and offer financial / debt solutions to residents.


Making An Application

The Foundation has an on-line application process.
You will need to have a valid e-mail address to access the application process. If you do not wish to complete the form on-line but would prefer to hand write your bid then please do let us know and we’ll happily post you a hard copy out.
Start your online application by clicking here.