The Vegetarian Charity is a registered charity that exists to help needy vegetarians and vegans up to, and including, 25 years of age. It also aims to promote knowledge of vegetarianism among young people up to, and including, 25 years of age. The Charity awards grants to suitable projects in most parts of the world. Financial assistance can be given for educational courses and the relief of poverty. In general applicants may apply on their own behalf or, in the case of young children, a parent or guardian can apply on behalf of the child.
Grants are available without consideration of ethnic origin, race or religion. The Charity is UK based but considers applications from most countries. Grants are made to individual applicants for the relief of poverty and to assist with educational courses. Each application is considered on its merits and it is not possible to say in advance whether or not it will be successful. Assistance to students studying courses of higher education is generally only given for first degrees and not for postgraduate study. However, all applications are considered on their individual merits.
The Charity's expenditure varies from year to year but in a twelve month period it might award total grants of £30,000 to assist with education or the relief of poverty. Whilst the Charity assists many students facing financial hardship who might otherwise be forced to leave higher education the Charity's Trustees are keen to receive more applications from young people and parents experiencing financial hardship.
Requests for assistance with school clothing, school trips, shoes, coats and other essential items for children would receive careful consideration from the Trustees. Applications from organisations or individuals with projects to educate young people in the principles of vegetarianism are also welcomed. These might include applications to fund literature about vegetarianism such as flyers, booklets, CD ROMs, DVDs and websites or courses or workshops about vegetarianism aimed at young people.
The Vegetarian Charity would like to hear from committed vegetarians and vegans who are giving thought to becoming trustees. Further information.