Trustees’ meeting January 2019

At the recent meeting the Trustees grants in the David Gibbons Foundation amounting to £31,127, plus a pledge of £3,000.  For the first time ever there were no rejections.  An unusually high amount was awarded to East Devon – £14,950 (including the pledge).      The largest grant made was to FORCE for their East Devon exercise programme for patients. 4 individuals received grants totalling £2,050.

The Gibbons Family Trust made grants of £22,750 in total.  This was split between £1,250 to individuals, and £21,500 to organisations.  Of the latter £1,250 was for East Devon, and £11,000 was for the Isle of Thanet, which was a higher amount than usual due to some recent publicity for the Trust in Thanet.

The next meeting will be held at the end of April 2019.  Please ensure that all applications are sent by post to the office by the 31st March to be in good time for this meeting.

Grants meeting on the 16th October 2018

The autumn meeting was a little quieter than the last.

In the Foundation 22 grants were awarded, totaling £28,884.   4 rejections were made.  Very unusually none of the successful recipients were from East Devon, this is something the Trustees will monitor going forward.   The largest grant was for £4,000 to a Devon carer’s charity, whilst the smallest was for just £170 to a couple for the purchase of an oven.  The average size grant from the meeting was £1,313.

The Family Trust awarded grants of £21,530 in total.  Of this £4,500 was for Thanet, £3,050 was for East Devon, and £750 was to a charity operating in both areas.  4 young individuals were assisted by way of grants amounting to £2,750.  The average size grant across the board was £1,346.  There were no rejections, but 2 charities were moved across to the Foundation, whose criteria fell under the remit of both Trusts.

Changes in grant payments

At their July meeting the Trustees agreed some changes to the way grants will be paid.  The use of cheques is to be phased out across all types of applicant now where possible,  (whereas previously only Charities and Organisations were receiving BACs payments).  This change is due to the proportionately high number of cheques being lost in the post.

Please see the pages on ‘how to apply’ for more details.

Trustees’ meeting 17th July 2018

The Trustees had a successful July meeting.

In the Foundation 30 applications were considered.  Of these 24 received a grant, being 6 individuals and 18 not-for-profit organisations.   East Devon charities received £4,500 of the total amount given away, which was £29,488.

In the Family Trust only 18 applications were reviewed but of these 15 were successful.   Thanet organisations received £2,250 and another £3,000 was given to charities working in both Devon and Thanet.  Both the smallest and the largest grants went to Thanet – £500 and £2,250.  East Devon benefitted from grants worth £5,900.

Applications are now welcome for the October 2018 meeting.

Trustees’ meeting 17th April 2018

This meeting marked the retirement of Mr Roger Dawe as Chair and Trustee.  Roger was a founder Trustee, having known David and Vera Gibbons for many year.  The Trustees wish to acknowledge their gratitude for Roger’s Chairmanship since the Trusts began operating in 2008/09, and wish him well in his Retirement.

The new Chair of the Trusts is Dr Miles Joyner, and for the first time the Trusts have a Vice-Chair, Mrs Elizabeth Lee.

At this meeting the following grants are awarded: –

The David Gibbons Foundation distributed £25,997 by way of 23 grants.  5 grants were made to individuals in Devon, (£2,697 in total) the rest to charities and not-for-profit organisations.   The largest grant was for £3,000 to Exeter Citizens Advice Bureau for their work with people with disabilities.  In contrast the smallest grant to a charity was to MyAware for an East Devon Support group.  

The Gibbons Family Trusts awarded £17,600.  £3,000 remained in East Devon, whilst £3,950 went to help those in Thanet.  The largest grant, £2,500 will help pay for an annual residential trip to Cornwall for a East Devon youth organisation.   3 individuals received grants, which came to £1,375 in total.   

The next meeting of the Trustees will be held mid July 2018, please try to post applications by the end of June.

General Data Protection Regulation

The Trustees are aware of the introduction of GDPR on the 25th May 2018.  They are working to ensure that the Gibbons Family Trust and the David Gibbons Foundation will be compliant with the necessary regulations that are applicable to the relatively small size of the office.

Applicants may notice some changes to application forms and communication from the office in due course in order to comply.

February 6th Meeting 2018

The January meeting was delayed by one week until February 6th.

At that meeting the David Gibbons Foundation awarded grants of £30,300.  This was through 19 grants.  3 grants were made to individuals, totalling £1,800, whilst charities and not-for-profit organisations received £28,500.  Of this £4,000 will remain in East Devon. The largest grant was £5,000 to a Devon Family Centre.

The Gibbons Family Trust made 4 grants to individuals which came to £3,040, and 13 grants to organisations, £17,600.  £4,000 was awarded to the Isle of Thanet in Kent.  The smallest grant of the day was made to a school in Devon for a Lego Club for children with Autism.  Total grants made amounted to £20,640.

October 2017 meeting

Recently The David Gibbons Foundation has awarded grants totalling £29,500.  There was an unprecedented amount of demand for help at the meeting with applications amounting to almost £62,000.  4 applications were unsuccessful, and 2 applicants received pledged grants.    That left 20 grants to be awarded now.  The largest grant was for £5,000 to a charity in Exeter and the smallest was for £350 to an individual in need of help with rent. £2750 of grants were made to the East Devon area.

The Gibbons Family Trust had also received a high level of requests in advance of the meeting and was able to meet 52% of that demand.  4 applicants were unsuccessful, and 1 pledge was made.  The Thanet area received £11,358 of grants, and £4,000 will stay in East Devon.  6 individuals received grants, the average size of these was £417.  The largest grant was £5308 to a domestic abuse charity in Thanet.  In total £24,358 was given away through 19 grants.

July 2017 meeting

The David Gibbons Foundation awarded grants of £31,000 last week.  This was to 24 applicants, 6 individuals and 18 organisations.  The largest grant was for £10,000 to a local well known medical charity in Exeter which is piloting a new project of support in the home in the East Devon area.  6 individuals / families received grants of £1,812 in total, all of which had been applied for through an organisation.    The smallest grant was for £200 to an individual.  £17,000 of the total will be helping those in the East Devon area. 

The Gibbons Family Trust distributed £23,575 of grants to 20 applicants.  Only £1,500 was for the East Devon area, but a further £7,250 is for the Thanet area.  5 individuals applied and in total received £2,575 between them.  The largest grant was for £3,000 for a children’s charity working in both Devon and Thanet, the grant will help with their Emergency Grant Scheme for children in urgent need. 

April 2017 Meeting

At the meeting held on the 25th April the following grants were considered and awarded:

The David Gibbons Foundation received 22 applications and awarded 18 applications and 2 pledges.  A total of £26,850 was awarded (including the pledges).  The largest grants were for 2 of  £5,000 to an East Devon school and a social club in East Devon for adults with learning disabilities.  The smallest grant was for £100 to an individual for essential furniture.  £11,950 was given to East Devon applicants in total.

The Gibbons Family Trust awarded grants of £17,750, plus 1 pledge for £500.   19 applications were considered and only one was refused.  £5,500 was given away by way of 3 grants to Thanet in Kent, and £4,750 to East Devon.  The largest grant was for £3,000 to a Community Trust in Thanet, and the smallest was £165 for a child in Devon to take part in a school trip.