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Trustees have recently revised the Trust guidelines. Please read through the guidance carefully before submitting an application. 

We provide single year grants over a one-year period and occasionally longer-term support (up to 3 years) to registered charities, including those registered as a company limited by guarantee and CIOs (Charitable Incorporated Organisations, more information), that

¤ as a minimum operate at city or county level

¤ have an annual income greater than £200,000 and less than £10 million, though the Trustees give preference to charities with an annual income below 5 million. Newly established charities (usually founded within the last eighteen months) and preservation charities are exempt from the minimum income rule.

¤ meet one of our priority areas and do not fall into our exclusions, listed below

Please note that we will not normally award grants to charities that receive the overwhelming majority of their income from contracts to deliver public services, whether contracted directly by central or local government, or via private sector primes.



Priority Areas

Youth Opportunities: This is our largest category and aims to support charities that help disadvantaged children and young people to adopt a more positive attitude to their lives, raise their aspirations and realise their full potential. We support a wide range of charities working in this area, including those providing life and work skills for the disadvantaged through training, contact with employers and apprenticeships. We are particularly interested in those charities using early-intervention initiatives to ensure children from significantly disadvantaged backgrounds are given a fairer chance to develop their social, employment and life skills. We also believe in the character-building value of challenging outdoor activities, such as adventure training, that encourage leadership and team spirit for the less well-off as well as the severely disadvantaged. We have long supported charities that give children from deprived urban areas the opportunity to experience and value the countryside. We encourage charities working on different aspects of youth disadvantage to coordinate their activities so that various interventions (e.g. homelessness, character building, mentoring and employability skills) are provided as part of a continuous process until the young person becomes fully self-reliant.

General Welfare: We support a wide range of activities that benefit disadvantaged people and communities, with particular interest in:
  • strengthening and supporting family relationships
  • rehabilitation of offenders, especially young offenders
  • early intervention to support the welfare of children in disadvantaged families and looked-after children
  • helping young homeless people to move forward
  • maintaining active living and independence for older people (Note: this does not include help with medical and mental health problems or disability)
  • the welfare of those who care for others (Note: we generally prioritise applications for this work from charities working on a national level)
  • developing tolerance and understanding between faiths and communities
  • the promotion of social cohesion

The Trust is keen to support the general conservation and protection of wildlife habitats within the United Kingdom. We also encourage projects concerning the protection and sympathetic management of trees and native woodlands, as well as projects with a focus on coastal and marine protection. Projects concerned with single species are rarely considered.

We encourage the development of craftsmanship in the traditional techniques of repair and restoration and have a strong interest in in heritage skills training, particularly where it may benefit a disadvantaged group. Because we give annual grants to the National Churches Trust and the Scottish Churches Architectural Heritage Trust for churches in the United Kingdom, we are very rarely able to consider applications from individual churches.

Peace and Humanitarian Support:
This is a restricted category concerned with:
  • peace intervention
  • charities that provide support facilities or expertise to organisations engaged in disaster relief

Unless there are exceptional circumstances, we will support only a small number of UK registered charities operating in Kenya or Uganda, which already have a long association with the Trust. These usually work in the fields of community development (in particular, the provision of water and power, and the encouragement of farming and market gardening) and wildlife conservation.

While the Trust has a broadly Christian ethos, we welcome applications from other faith and non-faith charities. Priority will be given to projects which are open to all members of the community. Trustees regularly review our grant-making policy and any changes will be posted on this website.

Eligibility and Exclusions

We don't make grants to the following:

x individuals (we give grants only to registered charities or organisations with officially recognised charitable status)

x museums, galleries, libraries, exhibition centres and heritage attractions

x individual churches and other historic buildings (except for limited support under the preservation category)

x individual schools, colleges, universities or other educational establishments

x hospices, hospitals, nursing or residential care homes

x activities outside the stated geographical scope

x charities whose main beneficiaries live within GREATER LONDON or in NORTHERN IRELAND

We rarely fund the following:

x  regional charities that are affiliated with a national body (for example, local Scout groups)

x  health, medicine and medical conditions including drug and alcohol addiction

x   therapy and counselling

specific support for people with disabilities

the arts*, including theatre, music and drama

sport*, including sports centres and individual playing field projects

animal welfare or projects concerning the protection of single species

expeditions and individuals volunteering overseas

x research, unless it is linked to a project that meets our priorities

x conferences, events, cultural festivals, and exhibitions

salaries for specific posts (but we may consider funding salaries in the context of a multi-year grant)

major building projects, including the purchase of property or land

x endowments

*Except where used as a means of achieving one of our funding priorities.

¹ Our Minor Grants of up to £5,000 for locally operating charities with an income of below £200,000 are administered for us by selected Community Foundations. Charities operating locally in the following regions should apply directly to the relevant Community Foundation:

¤ Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire or Lincolnshire (http://www.norfolkfoundation.com)

¤ Cumbria (http://www.cumbriafoundation.org)

Applications should be made directly to the relevant Community Foundation and not to us.