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


Due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, we have taken the very difficult decision to temporarily postpone the selection and announcement of the CALA Homes 2020 Community Bursary recipients.

Our sites and offices across the UK have closed, the vast majority of our usual business activities are on hold and a large number of our colleagues are not carrying out their usual roles. 

This year, we received over 1,000 applications for our Community Bursary and it is our local teams who, equipped with the knowledge of their local area, work together to carefully review each one with their colleagues. 

These are unprecedented circumstances, with the impact of the virus reaching far and wide. We fully appreciate that many charities, community groups and local causes will be in need of additional financial support at this time. With our Community Bursary due to contribute a total of £100,000 across the UK this year, we know a decision will be very important to those that have applied for share of the funding. 

We have contacted each and every applicant to assure them that their Community Bursary application remains safely on file and that we’ll be in touch to confirm to next steps. We have also advised that we don’t intend to review applications without first ensuring they still reflect the needs of their cause, following this challenging time. 

The Bursary initiative is now in its fourth year and to date has supported more than 300 worthy causes in the areas in which CALA builds. Awarding over £300,000 to a wide variety of organisations, past recipients have included environmental charities, cancer support groups, food banks and sports clubs. 

We would like to take the opportunity to thank those who have taken the time to apply for a share of our 2020 funding and we hope you are all staying safe and well during these difficult times.

If you have any queries, please contact us at cala.group@cala.co.uk.





Scroll below to view some of the charities that benefited from CALA’s Community Bursary in 2019.


Bicester-based charity, Assisted Reading for Children (ARCh) received £1,590 from CALA. ARCh is a charity which aids disadvantaged children throughout Oxfordshire with the aim of developing their literacy skills. Working in 100 schools with 260 volunteers, the charity has a huge influence on the surrounding community. ARCh was chosen as a recipient of the bursary, with money going towards their robust recruitment and training programme to support volunteers, ensuring that they are fully equipped to help children who find reading a struggle.

Read the full story here.


Surrey-based organisation, Surrey Search & Rescue (Surrey SAR) received £1,756. Surrey SAR is an organisation that supports the emergency services with finding vulnerable missing people, particularly the elderly, vulnerable adults, and missing children. The funding has enabled the organisation to purchase five new radios with GPS, which will positively contribute towards the team’s safety and response time, and ultimately improve the services that they provide to the community.

Read the full story here.



Chichester-based charity CancerWise received £700 from CALA. CancerWise is an independent cancer charity which supports adults throughout West Sussex and South East Hampshire who are affected by cancer. CancerWise was chosen as a recipient of the bursary, with money going towards a series of complementary therapies for cancer patients.

Read the full story here.




East Dunbartonshire charity, Ceartas, an advocacy service which works with individuals with additional support needs received £1,000. As well as providing advice and support to adults across East Dunbartonshire, the charity operates De Café groups for those living with dementia or memory loss, in a bid to provide social support and a place for people and their carers, partners and family to socialise.

Read the full story here.


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