HOW WE CAN HELP

The John Sykes Foundation has been established to help individuals who live within an identified area of reach in and around Reading.

We are keen to hear from people who need help and support. We’ve made the process simple, please review the criteria, see where and how you can benefit, and make an application.

We have 4 levels of grant applications

Minster Grant

Minster Grant

Please make an application for this grant if you need £500 or less for your project/equipment or area of support.

Reading Minster, or the Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin as it is more properly known, is the oldest ecclesiastical foundation in Reading.

Abbey Grant

Abbey Grant

Please make an application for this grant if you need £2,500 or less for your project/equipment or area of support.

The Abbey was founded by Henry I in 1121. The Abbey’s Inner Gateway also known as the Abbey Gateway adjoins Reading’s crown court and Forbury Gardens.

Forbury Grant

Forbury Grant

Please make an application for this grant if you need £5,000 or less for your project/equipment or area of support.

In 1854, Forbury Hill and the eastern section of the present gardens were sold to Reading Corporation for £1200. Work started in 1855 and the Pleasure Gardens opened on Easter Sunday 1856.

Maiwand Grant

Maiwand Grant

Please make an application for this grant if you need £10,000 or less for your project/equipment or area of support.

The Maiwand Lion is a sculpture and war memorial in the Forbury Gardens. The statue was named after the Battle of Maiwand and was erected in 1886 to commemorate the deaths of 329 men from the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot during the campaign in Afghanistan between 1878 and 1880. The sculptor was George Blackall Simonds, a member of the Reading brewing family.

Apply

Choose to complete the online form or download the PDF and email or post it to us.

Each grant is not currently time specific. The individual grants are structured with a grant total therefore it’s important to apply to the correct grant programme.

At the moment no single award will be more than £10,000. The Foundation wants to ensure that it can help as many individuals as possible and has consequently put a limit on the total grant amount awarded; this may change as more funds are raised.

For children up to the age of 18, please ensure that you have a suitable adult to support you making the application, or to make the application on your behalf. If you are under 18 and have any difficulties please contact us to discuss, we want to hear from you.

Applications are open to individuals that live (as your place of residence) in and around Reading. If you reside in the area on the map on the right/below, you would be eligible to apply.

Map of Reading
How does it work?

When you submit your application you will be notified that it has been received. Applications for funding will be assessed by the Trustees. However, if a request is urgent please make us aware that a decision is time critical.

You will be advised whether you have been taken forward to the next stage. If you are unsuccessful, we will also let you know.

Following a successful initial application you will either be invited to the charity office or we will visit you at your home. You will be asked to tell us more about your project, give financial details, and tell us why you have made the application and what you hope to achieve.

Following this meeting a decision will be made and you will be informed verbally with confirmation in writing.

You will be asked to provide us with receipts and proof of expenditure for the grant and we will agree a time frame for it to be used. We may also ask you to support our marketing activity and help us promote the charity at any time.


Complete the form below or download it here.

If you are applying on behalf of someone else, please complete your details below.





Please note that we will not fund projects or equipment that can be provided by a statutory organisation. We will not provide debt relief. Applications must be genuine with all details included. All information will be treated confidentially.




Thank you for your interest in the John Sykes Foundation.