Grants - 2017

Successful Grant Applications

We receive a high number of applications from a whole range of projects. Funding of £250 was awarded to the below projects/charities . 

The Mears Foundation has chosen to support these charities based on specific criteria.

Please know that your efforts are important and worthy causes.

Dursley & District Old Peoples welfare group 
Southampton City Mission - (Loneliness)
The Boparan Charitable Trust (Rotherham branch nomination)
Breakthrough UK (Manchester) 
Fareshare (Bristol) 
Spadework (Kent) 
Mindsong (Gloucestershire)
Bristol Children's Help Society
Felix Road Adventure Playground  (Bristol) 
Young & Free (Bristol) 

Congratulations on receiving your grant

A total of £1850 worth of grants have been approved  to the charities/projects listed below:-

General Grant
Circle (Supporting families in Scotland)

Rotherham branch Age UK Christmas Lunch
Alva Care per sensory day
Home Group SW Wyatt House garden regeneration

Social Values Funding Requests
Elgin Soup & Sweet event
Livin Charity Challenge Day
Rotherham Lighthouse Homeless Shelter Soup Kitchen

We are pleased to be able to assist you with funding.


Thank you to all those who applied for our grants.

Friends 4U group

Mears Tannochside and West Lothian branches teamed up with assistance from Mears Scotland to provide a safe and secure disabled access garden area for a local Friends 4U group. The teams pulled together to provide the group with:- A shed 6ft fencing Security lights Outside water tap and electrical point

The Friends 4u Group was started by a local group of carers who wanted to bring together adults in the local community with disabilities and learning difficulties to provide a safe environment for all to socialise and take part in activities. We met with group representatives to discover what they felt they needed to achieve the environment they were looking for. With help from a £250 donation from the Mears Foundation and materials provided by Jewson, Buildbase and Greenside Garden Centre, we were able to fully achieve the outcome they desired.

Thanks to the Mears Foundation donation and the generosity of the local garden centre on the day, they were also able to fill each of the planting beds and provide a variety of flowers and herbs to start the group off with their planting plans.

The Friends 4U Group are now able to use the garden area as intended for wheelchair users to plant and grow flowers and herbs. The Group believe this is a garden that encourages the users to work and achieve goals independently and provides a safe environment for them to socialise.

Congratulations on your grant approval!

We receive a high number of applications from a whole range of projects. Funding of £250 was awarded to the attached projects. 

The Mears Foundation has chosen to support these charities based on specific criteria.

Please know that your efforts are important and worthy causes.



The Red Lipstick Foundation

As a foundation built from personal experience we are dedicated to supporting families bereaved by suicide and are passionate about raising awareness of mental health issues.

The Red Lipstick Foundation was founded in 2014 following the sudden and unexpected death of our much loved daughter, sister, twin, auntie, niece, granddaughter and friend – Brittany took her life the day before her 20th birthday and her untimely and unexpected death left our world in chaos.

We named our charity The Red Lipstick Foundation due to Britt's love of bright red lipstick and her quirky style! Learning through our personal experience we are able to offer services to families bereaved by suicide, or immediate family members following a traumatic younger enable person’s sudden death.

We hope that our £250.00 donation will help to continue to provide this vital support.

Watcombe Primary School Silver Listeners scheme

Mears care, Torbay are involved in a local scheme called Silver Listeners where children from a local school read to isolated clients over the phone.

The Mears Foundation donated £250.00 to purchase new books when the funding for the scheme was reduced.

Clothing Solutions for disabled people

CLOTHING SOLUTIONS (FOR DISABLED PEOPLE) is a project which aims to both understand and meet the clothing needs of disabled people. 

Clothing Solutions is a registered charity no. 1120118, and offers information, advice and a garment production/alteration service.  They offer solutions to most clothing and dressing issues whether concerning, shape, size, proportion, access and fastenings, fabric technology and care.

BASIC - Brain and Spinal Injury Centre

BASIC’s mission is to support when medical treatment has ended and families are left to cope largely on their own with the consequence of brain and spinal injury in the family.  They are open during the day, Monday to Friday and their services are available to anyone that needs help. 

Although most of their clients live in and around Greater Manchester, they endeavour to help anyone with an acquired brain or spinal injury wherever they may live.

They take referrals from a number of sources: 

· Salford Royal Hospital — BASIC is located close to Salford Royal but remains an independent registered charitable organisation 

· Community Neuro-Rehabilitation Teams 

· other hospitals 

· GP's and other health professionals

Venture Trust

Venture Trust are a registered charity, based in Edinburgh, supporting those with chaotic lifestyles and experiencing difficulties in their lives in Scotland, and the UK. They are passionate about enabling people who want to make changes in their lives for a better future. For thier participants, the programmes represent an opportunity - a chance to boost confidence, motivation and aspirations and to develop the skills to make their ambitions reality.