The Manjit Wolstenholme Fund

 Grant size: £5,000 to £10,000 

Location: Bradford

Deadline: 01/10/19 at 12noon

The Manjit Wolstenholme Fund

Manjit Wolstenholme was born in India and went to school in Wolverhampton. Her life story was one of building the skills and perseverance to break down barriers to succeed in business. Manjit became the youngest woman to head an investment bank in London and went on to become the first woman from an ethnic minority background to chair a FTSE 100 company.

The Manjit Wolstenholme Fund has been established to honour the memory of Manjit and support children and young people in disadvantaged areas of Bradford District to achieve their potential through educational and aspirational opportunities. Manjit’s own experiences meant she believed passionately that no-one should be denied the chance to achieve their true potential as a result of their background or where they live.

The Fund is offering grants of £5,000 to £10,000 to community groups in the Bradford District who are looking to develop and deliver their activity to support young people in deprived areas to achieve their full potential through educational and aspirational opportunities, no matter what their background.


Who can apply?

Community groups, charities, social enterprises or other charitable organisations from the third sector that:

  • Have a constitution or other relevant governance document
  • Have a management committee/board of directors/trustees of at least three unrelated people
  • Have a bank account under the name of the group with at least two unrelated signatories (if your organisation doesn’t have its own bank account, but does meet all of the other criteria, please contact us to discuss how we can work around this)
  • Are based in or supporting people living in the Bradford Metropolitan District Area
  • Priority will be given to organisations with an income of under £500,000 in the most recent financial year.


Size of Grant

Grants of £5,000 to £10,000 are available. Whilst the grant can be used to part-fund a wide range of activities, we like to see the impact our support is having. Accordingly, we prefer for our grant to equal at least 50% of the total cost of the activity or project within the criteria specified below. Only one application per organisation can be considered. 


What can the Fund support?

Activity should be focused on young people up to age 21, their parents, carers, family members or key influencers working directly with young people or with families. The proposed activity should support one or more of the following:

  • Increasing aspiration and enabling young people to make informed choices about their next steps in education and learning
  • Developing confidence, resilience and life skills in order to increase attainment and access to education and learning opportunities (including within the world of work)
  • Addressing issues of low educational attainment and improving learning outcomes
  • Providing young people with opportunities to reduce inequality, exclusion and disadvantage, and therefore increase access to education and learning.



Grants will not be awarded to or for:

  • For-profit organisations, statutory organisations (e.g. schools and hospitals) or overseas organisations
  • Retrospective funding (activity and costs that have already taken place)
  • Grant-making to other organisations and/or individuals
  • Activity targeted at a particular group (ethnic, gender, religious etc.) without a good justification for this
  • Activity that promotes a particular political or religious point of view
  • Activity primarily for the benefit of animals
  • Individuals
  • Expeditions or overseas travel
  • Capital appeals for building projects


When can you apply?

The fund opens on Thursday 15th August 2019 and the deadline to apply is Tuesday 1st October, 12 noon.



Briefing Event

We are holding a briefing session to provide further information to potential applicants. This will also be a good opportunity to ask any questions you may have.


Thursday 12th September, 13:00 – 15:00

At Provident Financial PLC, No.1, Godwin St, Bradford, BD1 2SU

To reserve your place, please click here.


How do you apply for a grant?

To apply you need to complete an online application form available at the end of this document.   You will also need to submit a signed copy of the organisation’s governance document, signed copy of accounts, and list of name and addresses of management committee/board members.

If you’re successful, you’ll also need to sign a funding agreement document and provide a signed copy of your organisation’s most recent bank statement.

To start filling in the online form, follow the link at the end of this document. We strongly suggest you submit your application at your earliest opportunity. Incomplete applications will not be considered.



If your application is successful, we would ask you to credit support from The Manjit Wolstenholme Fund and Leeds Community Foundation, on all materials related to the funded work. Successful projects will be required to be available for a potential monitoring visit from funders. 


To Apply

Please click the ‘Apply Now’ button to the left of this page for the online application.

If you post documents to us, please send them to the address below, using the correct postage amount, and ensure the documents are received by us before 12 noon on Tuesday 1st October 2019. Funding will be awarded in late November 2019 and should be spent within 12 months of receipt. 



A PDF of this information is available to download here.