The CALA Bursary scheme is a great way for us to help causes in the communities in which we build across the UK. 

We invited local charities, community groups and organisations to apply for a share of £109,000 as part of CALA's Community bursary, to help fund project that make a vital difference in and around local communities.  

Applications for the 2019 CALA Community Bursary* are now closed.

Bursaries were available in the following areas.

• Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
• Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex and Cambridgeshire
• East
East Lothian
 Milton Keynes
• Surrey and Richmond upon Thames


Now in its third year, CALA's Community Bursary aims to provide support for a wide range of organisations and projects within the communities in which CALA builds. Since its launch, over 200 good causes across the country have received a share of more than £200,000. In 2018, 17 bursaries were available for applications across our eight operational regions:  We helped 110 good causes with donations totalling over £100,000 through the CALA Bursary scheme.

Scroll below to view a sample of the charities that benefitted from CALA’s Community Bursary in 2018.

Muddy Buddies in East Lothian received £500 from CALA’s Community Bursary in 2018.

Muddy Buddies is a regular playgroup based in Dunbar, offering children from three years old the opportunity to play, learn and have fun in the great outdoors.

The funds were used to purchase new equipment and arts and crafts materials, allowing children and parents to take part in a variety of activities including toasting marshmallows in the mud kitchen to playing in the den area.

Read the full story here. 

Oxtalk received £1,550 from CALA’s Community Bursary in 2018.

Oxtalk, which has been running for 39 years, is a voluntary organisation providing visually impaired people in the Oxford area with a weekly digest of news from the local newspapers. The service is free and is available on memory stick or directly from the organisation’s website. Every week a team of nine from the total 53 volunteers meet at the Oxfordshire Association for the Blind to prepare items for recording, read them onto a master, and copy them so that each listener receives their own memory stick in the post.

The funds received were used towards purchasing a new duplicator/copier machine.

Read the full story here. 

Whistle PR, Job No 39589: CALA Homes donated £500 as part of their bursary scheme to host a Christmas dinner for local elderly people; left to right, Aimee Connolly, 14, Crystal Mack, 14, Karen Hayler, from the school, Christina Lawrence, 15, Aimee Kidwell from CALA Homes, and Olivia Weller, 15.Worthing High School received £500 from CALA’s Community Bursary in 2018.

Worthing High School is a co-educational academy comprising 950 students aged 11-16 years. The Christmas lunch is just one of many charitable events that staff and students organise and participate in throughout the year, as they consistently find new ways to raise money for charity and help their community.

The cash boost received was used to fund a festive Christmas lunch for 60 elderly people from the local community, who would have been spending Christmas alone this year.

Read the full story here.

*CALA’s Community Bursary is available in selected geographical areas. Applications must be made no later than Friday 22nd March 2019. Funding is not guaranteed. For further information and full terms and conditions visit www.cala.co.uk/terms