Boots Charitable Trust

Giving back to Nottinghamshire

Here at the Boots UK support office we want to give something back to the local community in Nottinghamshire. Established in 1970, the Boots Charitable Trust is an independent registered charity in the UK, wholly funded by Boots UK. To date it has donated over £10 million to charities across the county.

We also help those smaller voluntary organisations in Nottinghamshire which are too small to qualify for charitable status, but who still desperately need some financial support for their projects.

Supporting the Nottinghamshire community has always been important to Boots. Jesse Boot opened the very first Boots store in the mid-19th century in Nottingham, and we continue to give to local causes that are important to our colleagues and customers.

Giving something back to an area that has served us so well for so long is important to us.

Applying for help

Please find a link to the application form here if you are looking for support from the Boots Charitable Trust. Please read this carefully and ensure all correct documentation is supplied at the time of application.

If charities require a paper application, these have to be requested by emailing or call 07739 835909.

While we look at nominations from all kinds of different charities our main focus is on the following areas that are very close to our hearts and heritage:

  • Health: Both community healthcare such as homecare or support for sufferers of medical conditions as well as health education and prevention
  • Lifelong learning: For example literacy and numeracy projects
  • Community development: Such as supporting councils in providing voluntary services
  • Social care: Be it personal, social or community activities or schemes

Non-funded projects

If you are considering applying for funding but are not sure whether your project qualifies, here is some guidance on those projects we do not supply funding for:-

  • Projects benefitting those people outside of Nottinghamshire
  • Individuals
  • Organisations which are NOT registered charities and have an income or expenditure of more than £5,000 per year
  • Charities seeking funds to re-distribute to other charities
  • Projects for which there is a legal statutory obligation or which replace statutory funding

Deadlines for processing applications

Nominations are reviewed bi-monthly by a board of trustees, deadlines for receipt of applications are 7th of February, April, June, August, October and December. The application process can take between two to four months.

Some amazing projects we've funded:

Home-start, Nottingham. Awarded £10,000

Home-start Nottingham has been helping families for 40 years and provides specialist support to families with at least one child under the age of five who are experiencing difficulties. They do this by offering support, friendship and practical assistance, visiting families in their own homes and building a unique relationship with them to help them build a positive future for their family.

We were thrilled to receive the extra funding from the Boots Charitable Trust. As a charity we want to reach as many vulnerable families as possible and the funding allowed us to support an additional 100 families in the city and surrounding areas, as well as 15-20 in a specialist project supporting parents with additional needs, reaching 350 extra children. Sue Fenton, Manager

Bulwell Toy Library. Awarded £8,500

The Bulwell Toy Library has been around for over 32 years and, while its roots were an actual toy lending library, it has since developed to offer a wealth of additional services. Today it is the hub of the community, forging relationships and providing a place for families to meet and find welcoming support.

I’m the co-ordinator for the Under Fives play area and the funding has helped me organise some fantastic services for young children. We now have support for children with speech and language delays not caused by a medical disorder and we have also run some popular family play sessions for local children and families. All our activities have been so well received and we hope to keep coming up with new imaginative ways to help young children in our area. Susan Brentnall, co-ordinator

The Dig-in Project Stapleford. Awarded £2,000

The funding for this group supported volunteers who created a community allotment in Stapleford, encouraging the local community to participate and grow their own food and learn all kinds of great skills as well as keeping active.

It was such fun, the community really pulled together and it helped them understand the importance of healthy eating. A volunteer

Jericho Road Project. Awarded £10,000

This project provides an outreach prison service to support street sex workers in Nottingham city centre. They provide prison visiting, resettlement and drop-in services as well as a social enterprise project called ‘Wonderfully Made’.