KNUC is a charity which gives grants to individuals in material need and/or who require financial support for their education. The chair, elected by the trustees, is currently the Rector of Kings Norton Team Parish. Some trustees are appointed by the Local Authority and some by Kings Norton Parochial Church Council. The remaining trustees are the incumbents (clergy) of parishes in areas which used to be part of the Ancient Parish of Kings Norton. They are supported by a treasurer and secretary.
The trustees meet twice each year to consider requests for grants and to distribute money to the Discretionary Funds held by the incumbents of member parishes. We also contribute to the work of other charities whose work falls within the Ancient Parish of Kings Norton. We thus enable clergy and others who are approached for small one-off grants to provide assistance in the relief of genuine poverty or hardship.
Grant applications for smaller amounts (currently up to £250) may, at their discretion, be agreed and paid by the Chair, Vice-chair and Treasurer on behalf of the main meeting.
The charity is only able to help individuals. We regret that we are not able to make grants to groups or organisations. Grants are usually between £50 and £350 and are typically for one-off purchases of essential household items, for short-term bridging support or for educational needs such as help with fees or to cover unforeseen expenses. The trustees may consider making larger grant in specific cases.
We prefer to receive requests for grants through organisations or agencies working on behalf of families or individuals in need. An organisation or individual applying on another’s behalf will then be expected to take responsibility and to account for the correct use of the grant.
The charity is able to assist only those who live within the boundary of the Ancient Parish of Kings Norton, formerly in Warwickshire and Worcestershire, now in Warwickshire and the West Midlands. This area includes the current Church of England Parishes of Kings Norton, Cotteridge, Stirchley, parts of Bournville, Balsall Heath, Kings Heath, Moseley (St Anne's & St Mary's), Brandwood, Hazelwell, Highters Heath, Wythall, West Heath, Longbridge, Rubery and Rednal.
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