The Malam Fund is an amalgamation of 3 separate former trusts; The Edward Malam Convalescent Fund, The Heath memorial Trust and The John Pepper Fund. The remit of all three were broadly similar, but applied to different areas of Stoke on Trent. By merging the three together it has created one fund, in line with the original remits, that can be used across the whole city.
About grants for individuals from The Malam Fund
The Malam Fund will make awards to individuals across the city of Stoke on Trent, and in some neighbouring areas, such as Biddulph and Cheadle in the Staffordshire Moorlands and Kidsgrove in Newcastle under Lyme. The donor advisors will consider awards to neighbouring areas, but there is no obligation to fund these.
Awards can be made to people who need a holiday or a break away, for the purposes of respite, convalescence, to recover from a recent traumatic event or where there would be a benefit to the physical or mental health of an applicant. The fund will make awards to single people and to couples, and will pay for the cost of accommodation. On rare occasions a contribution to transport may be provided. Package deals that include transport and food costs are considered as a single application and can be funded entirely, (subject to the maximum award limits).
In all instances there will be no direct financial award. That means that any payment made will be directly to the holiday company, rather than to the individual applying. There are no refunds to the applicant.
All application forms must be completed fully, and any that are not will not be considered for funding. The form must also be countersigned by a doctor, or nurse, or other professional person who knows you well and can attest to the need you have, and the benefits that a break away would bring.
In looking at your application the panel will determine your need based on the information you provide, including on your financial need. Any decision that the panel make is final.
You should allow a minimum of 4 weeks between the date of the panel and the start date of your holiday. If you need to make a payment a certain amount of time in advance, you should allow 4 weeks between the date of the panel and the date that the holiday needs to be paid for. We cannot accept any liability for missed holidays if an application has not been submitted in good time.
The fund will make awards of up to £150 per week per person. This means that a couple could receive funding worth £300 per week. We will pay for a maximum of two weeks holiday, and we will not award the same people funding for two consecutive years.
What We Will Fund
Who We Will Support
We will support people who meet the following criteria;
- People over the age of 18
- Single people and couples
- People who need a holiday as part of respite or recovery or due to a recent traumatic event
- People who can not afford to finance the holiday themselves
- Costs for a carer to accompany you, (providing it is in line with the couples rule)
- Resident in Stoke on Trent, Kidsgrove in Newcastle under Lyme or Biddulph or Cheadle in the Staffordshire Moorlands. (Other areas may be considered at the discretion of the panel)
What you can apply for
- The cost of a holiday or break away
- The maximum award will be £150 per week per person
- The maximum you can apply for is two weeks holiday
- The fund can cover accommodation costs, or all costs if booked as part of a package. We will not ordinarily fund travel costs.
- If a single person needs a holiday but needs a carer with them we will treat the application as a couple’s application.
PLEASE NOTE THAT NO FINANCIAL AWARD WILL BE MADE FROM THIS FUND. THE ITEM OF EQUIPMENT WILL BE PURCHASED FOR YOU AND DELIVERED TO YOU.
Closing Dates & Submission Deadlines
The following dates are submission dates and panel dates for 2019.
- Applications submitted before 9th May 2019 will go to the panel on 23rd May 2019
- Applications submitted after 9th May 2019, but before 17th October 2019 will go to the panel on 31st October 2019
- Applications submitted after 17th October 2019 will go to the panel in May 2020
PLEASE NOTE: IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY, THAT BEING AN UNFORESEEN SITUATION WHICH HAS LED TO A HOLIDAY BEING NEEDED, WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS OUTSIDE OF THESE PANELS.
HOWEVER, A FAILURE TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION IN TIME FOR A PLANNED HOLIDAY DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN EMERGENCY AND WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.