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New Round of Bid Funding Announced for 2017

With a new year looming, the TDS Charitable Foundation have launched a new application ready for a new round of bid funding. More than £175,000 in grants has been given out by the TDS Charitable Foundation since it was established in 2014 by TDS, the UK’s leading insurance-backed tenancy deposit scheme. As the only not-for-profit […]

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Don’t miss out on £70K funding from TDS Charitable Foundation

Organisations that support landlords and tenants have just four weeks left to apply for a share of a £70,000 funding pot from the TDS Charitable Foundation. The amount of money available to fund innovative projects that benefit the private rented sector has been increased for 2016, and people are urged to submit their bids before […]

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TDS Charitable Foundation funds landlords research

Landlords need more industry and government support to stay on top of ever-changing regulations Property Expert Kate Faulkner’s research has found that landlords are such a diverse group of people that it’s almost impossible to reach them to communicate rules and regulations. Contrary to the popular misconception that landlords are ‘greedy’ entrepreneurs who ‘just sit […]

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Double funding round announced

The Trustees of the TDS Charitable Foundation have extended the deadline for the current round of funding and are now welcoming funding applications until 10 August 2016. The Foundation works to advance education about housing rights and obligations in the private rented sector and because of this extended deadline, available funding for bids has been […]

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Groundbreaking training partnership launched

  A groundbreaking new partnership between the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) and the TDS Charitable Foundation will help charities and other organisations offer free training on how to rent properties. Developed by the RLA and funded by the TDS Charitable Foundation, the train2rent scheme will see groups such as housing associations, trusts and residents’ groups […]

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Renting Resources

The TDS Charitable Foundation exists to raise the standard of private rented housing management, we provide resources for tenants, landlords and agents.

Tenant Guides

A wealth of help and advice
for tenants

Resources for Landlords

Information on Landlords’ rights
and responsibilities

Letting Agents Guides

Advice on best practice in the private rented sector from industry authorities

Housing Research

Academic research
& reports

Teaching Resources

Guides to help teachers and trainers


About Us

The TDS Charitable Foundation is a charitable incorporated organisation and is registered as a CIO with the Charity Commission for England and Wales.
(registration number: 1154321)

The TDS Charitable Foundation

Works to advance education about housing rights and obligations in general, and in particular about:

  • Best practice in the management of private rented housing
  • Legal rights and obligations of those involved in the provision or management of private rented housing
  • Using alternative dispute resolution for more efficient and effective resolution of disputes between landlords and tenants.

The 2015 Annual Review can be downloaded here: Annual Review 2015

The 2016 Annual Review can be downloaded here: Annual Review 2016

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We are funded mainly by donations from The Dispute Service – the leading Tenancy Deposit Scheme (www.tenancydepositscheme.com) which operates on a non-profit basis across the UK.

We operate in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, The Dispute Service is a partner in the SafeDeposits Scotland Trust which works towards similar goals in the Scottish private rented sector.


Trustees

The Foundation can have up to nine Trustees at any one time.
It is currently Chaired by Martin Partington CBE, QC.

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Professor Martin Partington CBE, QC - Chairman

Martin has been Chair of The Dispute Service since May 2010. A leading authority in housing law, Martin worked as a Law Commissioner for England and Wales until 2008 and is an Emeritus Professor at Bristol University.
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Steve Harriott - Trustee

Steve is the Chief Executive of The Dispute Service, the UK’s only not for profit provider of tenancy deposit protection. He has worked as chief executive of three housing associations, and is currently chair of the Waterways Ombudsman Committee.
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David Cox - Trustee

David Cox joined the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA)(ARLA) as Managing Director in June 2014. He has a strong policy and stakeholder engagement background, having held previous senior policy roles at the National Landlords Association (NLA) and the International Union of Property Owners (UIPI). A trained barrister, David has also acted as Parliamentary Advisor to a well-known backbench MP.
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Peter Bolton King - Trustee

Based at RICS headquarters at Parliament Square, Peter oversees the institution’s global residential standards and professional groups. A regular media commentator, he joined RICS in 2012 and is a well-known and highly respected figure throughout the property industry.
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Sheila Manchester - Trustee

Sheila is Joint Managing Director and Editorial Director at Propertydrum Ltd., publisher of Propertydrum and The Negotiator magazines. Her property career spans 20 years, initially within a lettings group, then publishing magazines for ARLA, NAEA, ICBA and NAVA for many years before launching Propertydrum in 2009.
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Martin Blakey - Trustee

Martin Blakey has worked in student accommodation for over 20 years. As Chief Executive of the student housing charity Unipol, Martin has helped develop a portfolio housing 3,000 students in Leeds, provides services to around 15 HEIs, accredits just over 220,000 bed spaces and operates the main training programme for those involved in student accommodation.
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Alison MacDougall - Trustee

Alison is Director of Dispute Operations at TDS. She has been involved in dispute resolution for over 12 years, including senior positions at the Police Complaints Authority and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education. Alison joined TDS in 2007 as an adjudicator and is now responsible for the operational management of the dispute resolution team.
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Colum McGuire - Trustee

Colum McGuire is a Third Sector Campaigns & Policy Specialist. For two years he served as the Vice President (Welfare) at the National Union of Students covering housing, health, transport, finance and faith.

Apply for Funding

Each year we select particular areas to focus our work and direct our funding

This year’s focus

In 2017 the Foundation is looking to support projects which focus on one of the following themes:

Promoting knowledge of landlords’ obligations

or

Promoting knowledge of tenants’ rights & responsibilities

 

1. Promoting knowledge of landlords’ obligations

It is clear that the growth of the private rented sector has been fueled in recent years in part by the rise of the ‘accidental landlord’.  This is often a person who owns property but who is required by circumstances to let the property.  These landlords tend to be inexperienced and not fully understand the obligations that they have to meet as a landlord.

The Foundation invites proposals that will help to educate such landlords about the obligations of being a private landlord.

Please note: We will not fund general workshop sessions for the time being, except where applications are particularly innovative.

2. Promoting knowledge of tenants’ rights & responsibilities

The Foundation is aware that many tenants are not fully aware of their rights and responsibilities and the Foundation will invite proposals which will help educate tenants about their rights and responsibilities.

The Foundation invites proposals that will help to educate tenants.

Please note: We will not fund general workshop sessions for the time being, except where applications are particularly innovative. If you are a small organisation, representing landlords or tenants, and wish to deliver training about renting a property, there is a free training course pack that may help you. This is a RLA project previously funded by TDS Charitable Foundation.

Funding streams

In 2017 the Foundation will be adopting a new strategy for funding its work.

  • A national funding stream for larger projects with national impact [c £50,000 per project];
  • An innovation fund to enable those riskier projects to be funded [c £25,000 per project]
  • A community stream for local projects [c £10,000 per project]

 

It is important in your bid that you set out the funding stream you wish to bid under.

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How to apply

Bidders are asked to apply by submitting a proposal of no more than six pages including the following details:

  • Details of the person or organisation making the application
  • A description of the proposal
  • An explanation of how the proposal meets one of the themes above
  • Costs and timescale for completion
  • Key outcomes

Before applying for a grant, please take some time to read the TDS Charitable Foundation Bid GuidanceTo apply, complete and return the Application for Funding form. The deadline for this round of funding is 5pm on Wednesday 4th October 2017. The applications will be considered by the Trustees in late October 2017. 

 


What happens next?

Please submit your application for funding by Wednesday 4th October 2017.

Contact TDS Charitable Foundation

For further information:

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01442 218 031

Unit 1, The Progression Centre,

42 Mark Road,

Hemel Hempstead,

Herts

HP2 7DW

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