UK Trusts and Foundations
The A B Charitable Trust (ABCT) is an independent, UK based grant-making organisation founded in 1990 that is concerned with promoting and defending human dignity. ABCT supports charities that defend human rights and promote respect for vulnerable individuals whatever their circumstances. The Trust is particularly interested in charities that work with marginalised and excluded people in society, with a focus on, refugees and asylum seekers, prisoners and penal reform and human rights.
The Agarwal Foundation is a UK-based private trust set up to achieve the philanthropic objectives of the Agarwal Family. Our mission is to alleviate poverty by enabling the economic empowerment of women, families and communities. To achieve this, we support grassroots organisations who utilise innovative methods for providing access to livelihoods and information for people living in poverty. Through our funding, we hope to equip people with basic economic building-blocks that can in turn help them find sustainable routes out of poverty.
The Foundation makes grants for work all over the United Kingdom but not overseas. Trustees give priority to work outside London and this means that grants are hardly ever made for work in Greater London. Apart from a small programme in the Republic of Ireland the Foundation does not make any grants overseas. The broad areas of work which are priorities for Trustees include the provision of advice, information and advocacy; community development; employment and training; mediation, conflict resolution and alternatives to violence; research and education aimed at changing public attitudes or policy; and social welfare
ACT looks for people and organisations with big ideas that have the potential to make a significant difference and make a mark on the world. They want to hear from social entrepreneurs and charitable ventures with ideas that are innovative, replicable and sustainable. ACT has an engaged model of giving, working with only a handful of organisations at any one time. They provide grants, loans for take equity and aim to add value through governance and capacity-building support to organisations, as the vehicles for change.
The Anglo American Group Foundation was founded in 2005 and is funded by Anglo American plc, one of the world’s largest mining companies, which prides itself on being a responsible business partner. Anglo American seeks to ensure that its impacts contribute to sustainable livelihoods in the communities in which it operates and the Foundation was founded on the same principles. The Foundation is independent of the Anglo American group of companies, which means that neither Anglo American nor its subsidiaries can benefit from any charitable giving by the Foundation.
The Asda Foundation is a charitable corporate Foundation making independent grants throughout the UK. Our aim is to ‘transform, communities’ improving lives for people and communities in the UK both now and in the future. We fund the charitable projects and activities that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better.
The Ashley Family Foundation (formerly The Laura Ashley Foundation) was founded by Sir Bernard Ashley and his wife Laura Ashley following the success of the Laura Ashley brand. The ethos of The Foundation is primarily to strengthen rural communities, particularly those within Wales. Both in terms of the social and environmental aspects alongside giving back to the communities that helped the family develop the company into an international success.
The Ashmore Foundation seeks to make a positive and sustainable difference in the emerging markets where Ashmore Group operates and invests. Our funding of local Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs, or charities) aims to directly enhance human welfare, opportunities and skills, particularly for children, young people and the most vulnerable.
The Association of Church College Trusts was formed in 1979, as a loosely-knit organisation of autonomous trusts. These Trusts were the legacy of twelve Anglican colleges of education which had been closed in cutbacks. In their different ways the Trusts still support and promote the work in education originally done by the colleges.
Although all the Trusts have some involvement with RE and church-related education, each has a different emphasis and some have additional priorities. Some Trusts focus on projects in their own geographical location.
The Atlantic Philanthropies identify and support leaders, institutions, and organizations dedicated to learning, knowledge-building, and solving pressing social problems. It proactively funds programs and projects that value voluntary service, philanthropic giving, scholarship, and research.
Auriga is the Trading Company of Severn Trent Trust Fund formed in 2004 to offer a range of services to companies wishing to have funds administered for charitable purposes.
The Foundation was set up in 2005 by Westminster Health Care (UK) Ltd to invest in the wider communities of the people it serves. In October 2004 Barchester Healthcare purchased Westminster Health Care. The Foundation is a registered charity, which is committed to making a difference to the lives of older people and adults with a physical or mental disability.
The Baring Foundation supports local, national and international organisations which fall within its funding programmes, currently Strengthening the Voluntary Sector, Arts in Education and the Community, and International.
Barnwood Trust is an independent and endowed registered charity able to meet special needs arising from serious physical or mental disabilities among the people of Gloucestershire. The term mental disabilities includes mental illness and learning disability. The Trust is empowered to provide accommodation, care services and grants and to support medical research into the causes and treatment of disabilities.
The Barrow Cadbury Trust was set up in 1920 as the Barrow & Geraldine S. Cadbury Trust. In 1994 the Trust merged with the Paul S. Cadbury Trust. The Barrow Cadbury Trust aims to encourage a fair, equal, peaceful and democratic society.
Every penny raised for BBC Children in Need is spent on those who need it most. Applications are welcomed from good quality projects which show a clear focus on improving children's lives. Applicants must be properly constituted not-for-profit groups working with disadvantaged children under 18 years and in the UK.Their disadvantages may include any kind of disability behavioural or psychological problems, living in poverty or situations of deprivation, illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
The Foundation objective is charitable grant making towards the education of young people (under 25) and adults who teach young people. Due to high demand awards are only available to those who live or have had their secondary education in Kent and East Sussex.
BFWG Charitable Foundation offers Foundation Grants to help women graduates with their living expenses (not fees) while registered for study or research at an approved institution of higher education in Great Britain. The criteria are the proven needs of the applicant and their academic calibre. Grants are not given for the first year of postgraduate study or research. They are not likely to exceed £2,500.
The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for distributing 40 per cent of all funds raised for good causes (about 11 pence of every pound spent on a Lottery ticket) by the National Lottery - around £670 million last year. Our funding supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities. We deliver funding throughout the UK, mostly through programmes tailored specifically to the needs of communities in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland as well as some programmes that cover the whole UK.
Bishopsgate Institute is a Grade II* listed Arts and Crafts building in the City of London. Established in 1895, we offer a 'Courses for Adults' programme, regular cultural events and historic library. Bishopsgate Institute and Foundation also provide a grant award scheme which is open to local organisations who help people in need, hardship or distress.
The Trust supports work focusing on children and young people, including those with disabilities. It has a core commitment to the three counties of Hampshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire, but also supports work in other areas in Southern England.
BFSS grants provide vital support for a number of projects in the UK and overseas. Many current UK projects focus particularly on religious education and spiritual development, and all projects, both in the UK and abroad, provide support for children's education and teacher training.
The Trust aims to combat violations of human rights and help victims of torture, refugees from oppression and those who have been falsely imprisoned; to promote prison reform within the UK; and to oppose the extinction of the world's fauna and flora.
The Bulldog Trust has provided financial and advisory assistance to charities for over 30 years. Intrinsic to all its work is the ethos of making a real difference to the organisations it helps. The Bulldog Trust embraces the spirit of resourceful giving through initiatives which connect charities with pro bono professional expertise and offer criteria free grants for small to medium sized charities. Two Temple Place, the Trust’s headquarters, is both a focal point and an inspiration for many of its activities.
The Burdett Trust for Nursing is an independent charitable trust named after Sir Henry Burdett KCB, the founder of the Royal National Pension Fund for Nurses (RNPFN). The Trust was set up in recognition of the foundation, philosophy and structure of the RNPFN and focuses its grant-making programme explicitly on improving care for patients through nursing and may include multi-professional or team-working interventions.
The Consolidated Charity of Burton upon Trent is an endowed charity whose objects are to help the residents in the area of benefit by providing almshouse accommodation and by making charitable grants to individuals in need and to organisations which serve the community.
The Trust was created by Frank Buttle, a social visionary who founded the National Adoption Society during World War 1. In 1937, he set up The Buttle Trust for the maintenance, education and advancement in life of adopted children whose adoptive parents had died or deserted them and for the support of illegitimate children. The Trust's work now falls into three areas focused on the welfare of children and young people.
The Carnegie UK Trust seeks to improve the lives and wellbeing of people throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland through influencing public policy and demonstrating innovative practice. The Trust was established by Scots-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1913. The remit of the Trust has been the same since it began, although its approach has changed over time. In the past, the Trust was involved in supporting communities and voluntary action particularly through funding for libraries, village halls, national parks, youth projects, community development, the arts and the environment. A new Strategic Plan for 2011-2015 outlines that the Trust will be focussed on influencing public policy and demonstrating innovative practice. Three themes provide a context for this work: People and Place, Enterprise and Society, Knowledge and Culture. Information about specific projects within these themes is available on the website www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk. The Trust welcomes every opportunity to discuss ideas with policymakers, the public sector, voluntary organisations, business, individuals and communities. It is open to innovative ways of working in partnership, where these can contribute to its aims and to the promotion of outcomes-led policy development.
Sir John Cass’s Foundation support a wide range of educational establishments, special educational projects, grants and bursaries in and around the City of London. We have been doing this for over 250 years, for the benefit of the people of the boroughs. The Foundation was founded by Sir John Cass, in 1748, a City of London politician and philanthropist, who bequeathed his entire properties and fortune to the endeavour.
Christian Development Trust (CDT) is an ecumenial lending body working in southern Africa (but mainly in South Africa). Its primary objective is to provide low interest rate loans for churches and other Christian bodies and preference is given to schools, clinics and the like.
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) designs and manages grant programmes on behalf of individual, corporate and charitable donors. CAF also runs its own grant programmes. CAF works across all areas of charitable activity and grants are made on a community, local, regional, national and international basis, depending on the grant programme.
The charity derives from the wish of Sir Cyril Kleinwort and his descendants. The trust’s objectives are to promote and support a range of general purpose charitable activities; preference is given to national or west midlands charities.
The City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust is the funding arm of Bridge House Estates. It was established to make use of funds surplus to bridge requirements and provides grants totalling around £20m per year towards charitable activity benefitting Greater London. The City of London Corporation is its sole trustee.
The Clothworkers' Foundation and the Charitable Trusts it administers make charitable grants of about £5 million each year to varied projects for which adequate funding from recognised sources is not available.
The Cole Charitable Trust is a small grant-making trust which supports charities in the West Midlands, Kent and Cambridgeshire areas.
The trustees, in the main, like to support small charities for whom the modest grants available can make a significant difference.
In practice the Trust supports social and community work in the Greater Birmingham area, Cambridgeshire and Kent and also offers support for other charities where the Trustees have a particular interest.
The Trust’s overarching aim is to improve the lives of people in Kent, and in particular those who are most disadvantaged and living at the margins of society. Over the years the Trust has supported Kent communities through a range of funding programmes. The latest target group for grant funding is ‘Young People with Poverty of Opportunity’
Comic Relief exists to tackle poverty and promote social justice in the UK and Africa.
The Co-operative Foundation is an independent charitable trust set up in 2000. The Foundation's current grant making programme, Truth about Youth, is aiming to challenge and change negative perceptions about young people, by working with seven charities in cities around the UK.
The CriSeren Foundation exists to aid successful small and mid-size UK charities develop their scope and impact. We create ongoing relationships in which grants are accompanied by other appropriate support.
The DHL UK Foundation is an independent charity, founded in 1988, and encourages all DHL employees to get involved in the communities in which they live and work, through fundraising and volunteering. The DHL UK Foundation is about making a difference to people’s lives; the lives of those receiving help and lives of those giving it.
Didymus is a small, grant-making charity which supports organisations whose work is based in England, Wales, Africa and South America and fulfils the charity’s aims, which are to encourage social inclusion, advance education, develop the arts, advance equality and diversity by creating opportunities for women and to promote religious understanding.
The Diocese of Gloucester Development Fund is a designated fund within the Gloucester Diocesan Board of Finance (charity no. 251234), managed by a group of Stewards and governed by a Scheme of Delegation. It was established in 2015 as a grant-making body to support the work of churches and communities in Gloucestershire. It combines a pre-existing development fund, together with the proceeds from the sale of Glenfall House, the former diocesan retreat and conference centre. It will also benefit from the covenanted profits of the GDBF’s property development company, Good and Faithful Servant Ltd. This will allow the fund to make grants of up to £400,000 p.a. over the course of the next ten years.
From its origins as a medieval guild, the Drapers’ Company today has wide ranging interests and responsibilities: it administers charitable trusts relating to relief of need, education and almshouses; it provides banqueting and catering services; and it fosters its heritage and traditions of good fellowship.
The Dulverton Trust is an independent grant-making charity. It was established by Deed in 1949 by the 1st Lord Dulverton to provide funds for such charitable institutions or purposes as the Trustees might from time to time determine. Support is given to a wide range of worthy causes, generally through national or regional charities operating in England, Scotland or Wales, together with a few organisations operating in East Africa which have a long association with the Trust.
The independent eaga Charitable Trust (eaga-CT) is a grant-giving trust that currently supports projects and research in two main areas: the relief of fuel poverty and the promotion of energy efficiency; and vulnerable consumers - multiple needs and preferences.
East End Community Foundation has been dedicated to increasing opportunities for people living in London's East End for 25 years. We fund grass roots organisations, directly deliver projects and work with local people, businesses, charities and public bodies to raise educational achievement, enhance employability and increase social cohesion.
The John Ellerman Foundation aims to support a broad cross-section of charities doing work of national significance, in the following categories: Medical and Disability, Community Development and Social Welfare, Arts, Conservation, Overseas Aid (principally central and southern Africa. Only charities with a UK office will be considered).
The Elmgrant Trust is a charity which makes grants for charitable purposes to individuals living in the south west of England and to organisations and groups with projects in the south west. By so doing it aims to improve the quality of local life and welfare through education, the arts and social sciences. The South West includes the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.
The ERM Foundation supports environmental initiatives and activities around the world with practical and fundraising support including the provision of matching funds and pro bono time. We focus on activities that align with one or more of the following areas - Low carbon and climate change, Conservation and biodiversity, Clean water and sanitation, Environmental education. The projects we support should also deliver broader social benefits for the communities in which they operate.
An educational charity rooted in the conservation and management of the countryside in the best traditions
of the great estates of England
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life throughout the UK. It does this by funding the charitable activities of organisations that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better. The Foundation's primary interests are in the UK's cultural life, education and learning, the natural environment and enabling people who are disadvantaged to participate more fully in society.
The Fermanagh Trust is a registered charity, established in 1995, to promote any charitable purpose, and to support initiatives which will lead to social and community development to improve the conditions of life for the people in County Fermanagh and the immediate hinterland.
The Fidelity UK Foundation was established in 1988 by Edward C Johnson 3d, the Chairman of Fidelity Investments, to represent Fidelity's philanthropic interests in the communities where it does business. The focus of the Foundation's grant making is in the following sectors: community development, health, arts and culture and education.
The Trust’s geographical area is the West Midlands and London (within the boundaries of the M25). The Trustees’ interests lie with youth between the ages of 16-25 and the elderly. Grants are usually for equipment, furnishings, running costs, helplines, etc.
Over a 20 year period, the Forces in Mind Trust will seek to enhance UK-wide support and advocacy for Service personnel, veterans and their families to make a successful transition back to civilian life. Each year up to 20,000 people leave the Armed Forces and the Trust has commissioned research to improve knowledge of the issues affecting veterans and their families. In due course, the Trust will also undertake awareness raising campaigns, provide advice and support to those charities and organisations that directly support the Armed Forces community, veterans, their families and dependents.
The Foyle Foundation was formed to implement the terms of the will of the late Christina Foyle. She was the daughter of William Foyle who, with his brother, founded the family owned bookshop Foyles in Charing Cross Road, London, which she continued to manage after her father's death. The Foyle Foundation distributes grants to charitable organisations in the areas of learning, arts and health.
Set up in memory of Jill Franklin (1928-1998) the trustees give grants of £500 to £1000 to organisations working with refugees, self-help mental health groups, churches for restoration, holidays to give carers respite, and to prisoners for education anywhere in the UK.
The Essex based Trust was established in 1959 by Charles French, Chairman of the former civil engineering and construction company W&C French. The principle objective of the Trust is to provide support to a wide range of charitable activities, primarily within Essex and North East London, whilst maintaining and developing the value of the Trust’s investments and assets. Charitable organisations receiving grants include those concerned with the Arts, Disadvantaged and Deprived, Education, Elderly, Holidays for those in need, Medical, Sports, Youth and Children. The Trustees are interested in expanding the activities of the Trust and would welcome connections with similarly established funding organisations.
Established as part of the demutualisation of Friends’ Provident Life Office in 2001 and the flotation of Friends Provident plc, Friends Provident Foundation is an independent charity with its own board of Trustees. We are a grant-making charity that focuses on exploring the role of money and financial systems as a force for social good.
The Trust was established in 2012 and is funded by contributions from Genesis. Objective - The provision of grants for public benefit to help individuals and communities within developing countries improve their standards of living. Our grants will assist in providing education, training and other forms of support towards sustainable, long-term income generation and self-sufficiency, with a particular emphasis on projects aimed at marginalised communities currently beyond the reach of traditional government or market-based solutions. Sustainable income means “development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
The Gibbs Charitable Trust is a small family trust that makes donations to some Methodist bodies, responds to a few international initiatives, and supports trustees' interests in ecumenical ventures and the arts. Visit the members' news area for a paper on the history of the Gibbs Trust.
Founded by Dr John Borthwick Gilchrist who left the residue of his estate for the benefit advancement and propagation of education and learning in every part of the world.
The Golden Bottle Trust (GBT) was established by the Partners of the bank in 1985 to donate money to a wide range of causes including: Arts, Community, Education, Wildlife, Health, The Developing World. Each year, the Partners give some of the bank's profits to the Golden Bottle Trust, both to support charities in that year and to create a reserve to support future giving. The trustees have agreed that up to 25% of the fund should be made in social investments. The aim is to deploy some of the Trust’s invested capital for positive social impacts as well as financial return.
There are three major and six minor charities, funding in three main areas: support of the goldsmiths' craft, education, and general charitable support.
The Freemasons' Grand Charity is a grant-making charity. Last year it gave grants totalling over £4.6 million to support people in need
GrantScape is a charity that is committed to enhancing the environment and strengthening local communities through its grant-making. It funds improvements to public amenities, such as sports and recreation facilities, parks, community/village halls and religious buildings that are available for use by their local communities. It also supports nature conservation and biodiversity projects.
The Hospital of God is an ancient charity, founded in 1273, dedicated to caring for those in need in the north east of England. Services are provided for all who fall within the purposes of the charity regardless of religion, gender, disability, race, sexual orientation or age. The charity provides a residential care home for older people and also makes grants to other voluntary organisations.
Each year the Grocers’ Charity makes financial donations to a wide range of charitable causes. The Grocers’ Company has time-honoured associations with a number of schools and colleges at which the Charity funds internal scholarships and bursaries. Financial support from the Charity is also available to UK-registered charities, with the selection of recipients being regularly reviewed in line with a policy to support specific areas of need. The relief of poverty (including youth poverty) and help for the disabled usually take priority, with medicine, the arts, heritage, the Church and the elderly also designated.
The UK branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (whose headquarters are in Lisbon) makes grants to organisations in the UK and Republic of Ireland. It has three programmes: Arts, Social Welfare and Education, and Anglo-Portuguese Cultural Relations.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation has four priority areas of funding – the arts, education, publishing and overseas projects, which are mainly concentrated in India. In all these areas Trustees’ emphasis is on helping to increase the opportunities available to people.
The Harborne Parish Lands Charity was founded in 1699 as an Almshouse and Grant Making charity. Today it provides sheltered housing for the elderly and makes grants to organisations and individuals within the charity's boundary, which includes Harborne in Birmingham and Smethwick in the West Midlands.
The Harpur Trust, is a local charity, with three charitable objectives. The promotion of education, the relief of those who are sick or in need, hardship or distress, and the provision of recreational facilities with a social welfare purpose. The Trust also runs four independent schools. The area of benefit is restricted to the Borough of Bedford.
The Peter Harrison Foundation makes grants to people with disabilities and those that are disadvantaged. Priority will be given to organisations that work with or for such people in the field of sport, education and the support of children and young people.
Sir Charles Hayward used his personal fortune to establish and endow two charitable trusts, the Hayward Foundation and the Charles Hayward Trust. The two charities were combined on 1st January 2000, to become the Charles Hayward Foundation. The Foundation runs a number of grant making programmes, which include one for medical research, a community grants programme, and a programme for older people.
The Health Foundation is an independent charity working to improve the quality of healthcare in the UK. We want the UK to have a healthcare system of the highest possible quality – safe, effective, person-centred, timely, efficient and equitable. We believe that in order to achieve this, health services need to continually improve the way they work. We are here to inspire and create the space for people to make lasting improvements to health services. We conduct research and evaluation, put ideas into practice through a range of improvement programmes, support and develop leaders and share evidence to drive wider change.
Help the Homeless was founded in 1975. The charity assists other voluntary organisations who work to re-establish the single homeless into mainstream society. It has a small and large grants programme for capital expenditure – but does not provide grants for running costs or individuals.
The aim of the Fund is to address disadvantage, notably by supporting causes which are unlikely to raise funds from public subscription, known sometimes as 'unpopular causes.' Fund policy is directed largely at supporting work at a community level. Grants are rarely given to well funded national charities. Grants are not given to individuals. After a major review of Fund activities in 1992, the following grant making priorities were established: homelessness, minorities, penal affairs and overseas countries. These priorities are reviewed on a three year cycle.
The Hillingdon Community Trust was established in 2003 and makes grants for community projects such as the environment, public amenities, education and training, crime prevention and recreational facilities within the London Borough of Hillingdon.
Founded in 1976 by Mrs Carla Eddy Hinrichsen to ensure the continuation of the tradition established by the Hinrichsen family as the proprietors of Edition Peters the music publishers. The Foundation is a charity dedicated to the promotion of music.
The PH Holt Foundation is an independent grant-maker helping to create a better future for the people of Merseyside.
The Homelessness Transition Fund is a £20 million grants programme set up as part of the Government’s strategy to tackle rough sleeping.
Provides a wide range of grants for hospices and their staff.
An independent grant-making foundation whose particular emphasis is on the support of projects and initiatives in disadvantaged communities.
Impetus – The Private Equity Foundation (Impetus-PEF) is committed to transforming the lives of 11-24 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds by ensuring they get the support they need to succeed in education, find and keep jobs, and achieve their potential. It finds the most promising charities and social enterprises that work with these children and young people. It helps them become highly effective organisations that transform lives; then helps them expand significantly so as to dramatically increase the number of young people they serve.
The International Tree Foundation works with communities in Africa to carry out sustainable community forestry projects which help to increase their income, food security and soil and water quality through growing trees. Our projects also protect and regenerate trees and forests, providing protection for the environment and atmosphere as well as habitats for rich biodiversity.
The Company is the Trustee of several grant-making trusts.
A registered charitable trust allocating grants to charitable causes working for the benefit of the population and environment of Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham.
The Trust exists to enable John Laing plc and its subsidiaries to make charitable donations and provide welfare support to existing and former employees. The work of the Trust is split into four distinct areas, including: welfare, charitable donations, staff applications and named funds.
LankellyChase Foundation works to bring about change that will transform the quality of life of people who face severe and multiple disadvantage. We focus on the persistent clustering of social harms such as homelessness, substance misuse, mental and physical illness, extreme poverty, and violence and abuse.
The Leche Trust is a registered, grant-making charity (225659) founded and endowed by the late Mr. Angus Acworth CBE. The Trustees award grants in the following areas, historic buildings of the Georgian period or earlier;
church furnishings of the Georgian period or earlier; conservation of historic collections in museums and other institutions and professional performance in theatre, music and dance.
The Leverhulme Trust was established by the Will of William Hesketh Lever, the founder of Lever Brothers. Since 1925 we have provided grants and scholarships for research and education; today, we are one of the largest all-subject providers of research funding in the UK, distributing approximately £80m a year. We award funding across academic disciplines, supporting talented individuals in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences to realise their personal vision in research and professional training. As well as substantial grants for research, we offer fellowships for researchers at every stage of their career, grants for international collaboration and travel, and support for the fine and performing arts.
Established by the late Joseph Levy CBE BEM in 1965, the Foundation took on its present form in 1999 when it officially merged with the Lawrence Levy Charitable Trust. The objects of the Foundation are to support general charitable purposes. The Trustee Board, consisting primarily of children and grandchildren of the original benefactor, give grants only to officially registered charities and not to individuals.
The Life Changes Trust is an independent charity, established in April 2013 with a £50 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund. The Trust’s mission is to drive transformational improvements in the quality of life, well-being, empowerment and inclusion of two key groups in Scotland: people affected by dementia, including their unpaid carers, and care experienced young people. The Trust will invest its endowment and work alongside others to make sure that care experienced young people and people affected by dementia are supported to live as fully valued members of their communities, and that their physical, social and emotional needs are met - now and into the future.
We are a grant-making trust and make donations to charities. Our mission is to support and work in partnership with charitable organisations which help people, especially those who are disadvantaged or disabled, to play a fuller role in communities throughout the Channel Islands. The Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands has donated in excess of £12 million to charities in the Channel Islands, the United Kingdom and Overseas since it’s inception in 1985.
The Lloyds TSB Foundations are four independent grant-making trusts, covering England & Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. The Lloyds TSB Foundations are committed to supporting underfunded, grassroots charities that enable people, especially disabled and disadvantaged people, to play a fuller role in society.
The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales is one of the UK's largest grant-making trusts. Its mission is to support and work in partnership with charitable organisations which help people, especially those who are disadvantaged or disabled, to play a fuller role in communities throughout England and Wales. The Foundation is particularly keen to support small community-based charities where small amounts of money can make a significant difference to local people's lives.
The Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland is a grant-making trust distributing in excess of £7 million each year to registered charities throughout Scotland. The Foundation’s aim is to support and work in partnership with charities which are focused on improving quality of life and creating equality of opportunity for people in Scotland. In 2008 we distributed £7.5m in grants
London Catalyst was established in 1873 (as the Metropolitan Hospital-Sunday Fund) when the Lord Mayor of London invited religious and hospital leaders to a meeting at the Mansion House. Today, over 125 years on, the charity continues to act as a catalyst to enable the faith communities to bring immediate help and relief where it is needed.
The John Lyon's Trust gives grants to groups and organisations for the benefit of children and young adults who are resident in the London boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, The City of London and The City of Westminster.
The Trust was established by Lady MacRobert in memory of her three sons who were all killed as aviators. The Trustees reconsider their policy and practice of grant giving every five years. The beneficial area is United Kingdom-wide but preference is given to organisations in Scotland. Grants are normally made only to a recognised Scottish Charity or a recognised charity outside Scotland.
The Mactaggart Third Fund is a grant-making charity, established in 1968 by Deed of Trust granted by Western Heritable Investment Company Limited. The objectives of the Trust are to distribute funds by way of charitable donations to suitable charities in the United Kingdom and abroad. The Trustees have decided to take a proactive approach to their grant-making. Their present policy is to make grants to those charities whose aims they support and who they believe have demonstrated excellence in their achievements. Please note the Fund does not accept unsolicited applications.
The Charity's principal object is to make grants and donations for the benefit of a wide range of charitable purposes including welfare, education, the arts, heritage and religion. There are also programmes to support the Christian faith and heritage and a small arts budget.
The Metcalfe Smith Trust was established in 1867 by a Victorian banker and benefactor, John Metcalfe Smith, who built Cookridge Convalescent Hospital in memory of people living and working in the borough (as it was then) of Leeds. Following the establishment of the NHS the Trust sold the land connected with the hospital and used the money to run it's own convalescence home in Harrogate for some years. When this was closed and sold in the late 1960's the Charity Commission approved a new scheme for the Trust. Since 1971 the Trust has been using the interest on the invested sale proceeds to make grants for the relief of hardship connected with sickness, ill-health or disability.
Millfield House Foundation (MHF) aims to help reduce social and economic deprivation in Tyne and Wear (in the North East of England), primarily by helping voluntary organisations to contribute to public debate and the policy-making process. It does not make grants related to the needs of people in Tyne and Wear, to large well-established national charities, or in response to general appeals.
The Trust works to improve the quality of life of people living in the inner city Boroughs of South East London, especially Lambeth and Southwark. It gives grants to registered charities and community projects and organisations working with people of all ages in the areas of social welfare, health and the community.
The Montessori St Nicholas Charity aims to promote the Montessori method of education by providing support for Montessori schools, teachers and students. Grants may constitute scholarships, gifts, loans or partnerships. Grants are not normally made to other grant-making bodies or to general appeals. UK organisations and residents only.
The Moody’s Foundation funds specific initiatives in the areas of economic development, health and human services, arts and culture and civic programs.
John Moores Foundation (JMF) was set up in 1963 with the intention of providing funds for charitable purposes. It is a registered charity which gives money to charitable community organisations. Whilst it is a national trust, currently it concentrates on funding projects based in Merseyside (including Skelmersdale, Halton, and Ellesmere Port, but priority will be given to projects working within the area of the former county of Merseyside) and Northern Ireland.
Mott Foundation is a large, US-based grant-making foundation which funds in Central/Eastern Europe and Russia, South Africa and the US.
The Worshipful Company of Musicians is the only City livery company dedicated to the performing arts.
The Foundation makes charitable grants to UK based organisations whose aim is to improve the quality of life and the range of opportunities for those in need, promote social inclusion and achieve real and sustainable benefit to communities.
The Newby Trust is a small family trust which makes grants to charities in the broad areas of education and social and medical welfare.
The Noel Buxton Trust was established by Noel Edward Buxton (later the first Lord Noel Buxton) in 1919 to achieve social and economic progress in Britain and throughout the world. Trustees have defined three areas of grant making. Africa grants support organisations working on sustainable livelihood projects or working for the protection of street children in the poorest regions in the Horn of Africa. Family grants support charities working to mitigate the prevalence and detrimental effects of domestic violence. Penal grants fund charities that support prisoners, ex-offenders and their families.
Nominet Trust was established in January 2008 by Nominet, one of the world’s largest Internet registries, which maintains the UK register of domain names. Nominet Trust is the Uk’s leading social tech funder, bringing together, investing and supporting people making imaginative use of technology to address complex social challenges. To date, they have invested more than £17 million in internet-related projects that have a positive impact on lives and communities.
The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland (CFNI) has been driving social change in local communities for over 30 years through successful grant-making and fund development, encouraging peace and equality, and promoting community development to alleviate poverty among the most disadvantaged.
Northern Rock Foundation is an independent grant making charity which aims to tackle disadvantage and improve quality of life in the North East and Cumbria. The Foundation has now closed its grant programmes and is no longer accepting applications. Trustees are preparing for the likely closure of the Foundation, probably within eighteen months from January 2015.
The Nuffield Foundation makes grants to support research and innovation in the fields of education, science and social research and innovation. The Foundation also has a Commonwealth programme.
The Oakdale Trust is a grant making foundation that provides support for charities and voluntary bodies working in Wales on social and community projects, medical self help groups and penal reform.
The Paristamen CIO is a small Yorkshire-based grant-making charitable trust. The Foundation's objects cover (a) the furtherance of education; (b) the advancement of the Christian faith and Christian missionary activity; (c) relief of poverty; (d) other charitable purposes not inconsistent with these.
Formerly known as Ealing and Brentford Consolidated Charity, Pathways is a small charity local to Ealing and Brentford which was established at the beginning of the last century for the purpose of helping people of limited means.
PayPal Giving Fund UK is a registered charity (No. 1110538) and enables eBay and PayPal users to give to good causes quickly and easily. PayPal Giving Fund certifies charities to participate in the eBay for Charity programme, and collects donations from eBay and PayPal users. It also distributes those donations and Gift Aid to donors’ chosen charities, which receive 100% of the funds raised. We aim to help charities get the most out of online commerce. We want to make it possible for any charity to benefit from any gift from any donor. To achieve that vision we're trying to make it easier to give as a part of daily life online, and working to change the way people think about philanthropy.
The Foundation supports youth projects (11-25 years) in London and Essex.
The Trust was established from the benefaction of the Bourne farmer and businessman, Thomas Leonard Pick and is for the general benefit of the inhabitants of the town of Bourne in Lincolnshire.
The Trust was established in 1998 in memory of Anna Plowden who was a pioneering conservator in the private sector. Through our grants and other activities we support the development of skills in conservation and also help to raise awareness of conservation.
The Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation is a grant-giving trust. We support change in order to help promote peace and security, ecological sustainability, and to engender values that foster harmony and respect between people and planet. We do this by giving grants to small organisations with a radical agenda that are attempting to provide positive solutions.
Porticus UK strives to make a positive contribution to the common good. We support partners committed to empowering the most marginalised and disadvantaged in society and who tackle the systemic causes that undermine human dignity. We welcome funding requests from all charitable organisations working in England, Scotland and Wales, regardless of religious or non-religious affiliation.
Prisoners Abroad provides a number of grant assistance programmes for prisoners abroad and their families and friends.
The Purey Cust Trust is a grant-making charity that provides one-off grants to individuals, organisations and charities to promote the advancement of health and healing for those living in and around the City of York area.
Working within the limitations of small, frequently volunteer-led and local projects, the Quaker Housing Trust provides advice, support and financial assistance to local Quaker groups setting up or running housing projects.
The Ragdoll Foundation was set up to fund imaginative ideas which support children through the arts. Guidelines and application procedure are available from the site.
Established in 1953 by the late Lord and Lady Rank. The Foundation concentrates on the promotion of Christian principles through film and other media; the encouragement and development of leadership amongst young people; the support of disadvantaged young people; and the support of those who are frail or lonely due to age or disability.
Established in 1962 by Lord Rayne, the Foundation concentrates its support on projects in the UK in the following sectors: arts, education, health/medicine, social welfare and development. It particularly supports work of national importance which helps society’s most vulnerable or disadvantaged individuals, especially children, young people and the elderly.
The RCN Foundation is an independent charity supporting nursingto improve the health and well-being of the public. The foundation supports the needs of nurses, midwives and health care assistants as well as nursing students, and helping individuals to develop their practice so that they can provide the very best possible advice, support and care to patients. RCN Foundation achieves this through awarding project grants and bursaries. Additionally, hardship funding provides assistance to members of the nursing team in times of need, providing that extra support they may need to get their lives back on track.
Founded in 1921 by Sir James Reckitt, who endowed the trust with shares in the family manufacturing business of Reckitt and Sons Limited. The trustees support a wide range of charitable causes, but give some priority to purposes connected with the Society of Friends (Quakers) and to purposes connected with the city of Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Richard Cloudesley’s Charity gives grants to address poverty and ill health, including mental ill health and disability, and to the Anglican churches of Islington. We are able to award grants to people and organisations within our “area of benefit”, what was the Ancient parish of St Mary, Islington and is now the present London Borough of Islington excluding areas south of Chapel Market and City Road.
The Robertson Trust aims to improve the quality of life and realise the potential of people and communities in Scotland – inspired by the example of our founders, the Robertson Sisters. We do this by recognising and responding to need and disadvantage, and by building the capacity and sustainablity of charitable organisations. Every year, we fund and support charitable organisations of all sizes, committed to achieving positive change for individuals and communities across Scotland. Today, The Robertson Trust is the largest independent grant-making trust in Scotland. To date, we have given more than £150 million to charities.
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The Roughley Trust is a medium-sized Birmingham grant-making trust.
The Trustees use our knowledge of Birmingham local issues and neighbourhoods to support applicants who we believe can use modest grants for the greatest benefit. Our interests are quite wide-ranging. We are as concerned about addressing special needs, deprivation and disadvantage as we are in fostering health and well being and a greater engagement with the arts, heritage and environment.
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) is a Quaker trust which seeks to transform the world by supporting people who address the root causes of conflict and injustice. This support is provided, primarily, through funding applied for by applicants.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an independent, non-political body which supports programmes of research and innovative development in the fields of housing, social care and social policy.
There are seventeen separate Sainsbury family trusts which are administered together, and an application to one is taken as an application to all.
The St Pancras Welfare Trust works exclusively for people who live in the area of the old Metropolitan Borough of St Pancras and who need help in times of need and sickness. This area covers some of the most densely populated and poorly served parts of the London Borough of Camden, including Somers Town, Camden Town and Kentish Town.
The Saint Sarkis Charity Trust was founded in 1954 by Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian primarily to provide financial support for the Armenian Church of Saint Sarkis in London and for the Gulbenkian Library at the Armenian Patriarchate in Jerusalem. It became a UK-registered charity in 1963. The Trust continues to support the Church of Saint Sarkis and the Gulbenkian Library. In addition, grants are given to charities concerned with the Armenian Community in the UK and abroad. To the extent that funds are available, the Trust also gives grants to UK-registered charities developing innovative projects to support prisoners in the UK and their families.
Santander Foundation (formerly Abbey Charitable Trust) was set up in 1990. The Trust is funded partly from annual grants from Santander and partly from income from endowment funds given by the company to the Trust. The Trustees are committed to supporting local communities, particularly in those areas where Santander has a significant presence, by supporting disadvantaged people.
Scott Bader Commonwealth Ltd funds assistance of distressed and needy persons of all nationalities through projects which respond to the needs of those most disadvantaged, underprivileged, poor or excluded, encourage the careful use and protection of natural resources, or promote peace-building and democratic participation.
The Francis C Scott Charitable Trust is a major grant-giving trust based in Kendal, Cumbria. Grants support charities addressing disadvantage in Cumbria and North Lancashire (first priority) and the remainder of Lancashire (second priority). The homepage links to the website of the Frieda Scott Charitable Trust, which gives grants to charities in the old County of Westmorland and the area covered by South Lakeland District Council.
The main purpose is to relieve poverty and distress in society, especially in deprived areas, concentrating grants on community projects, as well as those directed to special needs groups. The Trust’s geographical area of giving is the West Midlands with particular emphasis on: Birmingham City, Coventry City, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Wolverhampton and the County of Warwickshire.
Shining Hope Foundation is a UK-registered charity which promotes sustainability and harmony between people, animals and nature.
The Skinners' Company is one of the Great Twelve livery companies with a history dating back some 700 years. The Company aims to foster education and training, to house the elderly, to assist people in need, and to support charitable causes.
Aims to assist disadvantaged people towards greater independence or a better quality of life. The Trust’s geographical area is registered charities whose beneficiaries are in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Surrey and London. Current funding priority areas are: mental health, learning disability, homelessness, family support.
The Henry Smith Charity was founded in 1628 with the objects of relieving and where possible releasing people from need and suffering. These objects continue in the grant-making policy today. The Henry Smith Charity makes grants totalling over £20 million per annum for a wide range of purposes across the UK, funded from investments.
The South West Foundation is a relatively new grant giving body in the South West Region. Launched in September 2001 it was set up by the South Western Co-operative Housing Society (SWCHS Ltd) to support charitable voluntary and community activity throughout the South West Region.
The Southall Trust is a Trust which acts on Quaker principles and its policies reflect the values of The Religious Society of Friends. The Trust is committed to supporting Quaker work, and initiatives which try to create a just and peaceful society. Emphasis is given to supporting relatively small grass roots innovative projects where the funding can make a real difference. The Trust does not normally support mainstream education or healthcare establishments, and does not give gifts to individuals. It is not an official Quaker charity.
With origins in the fifteenth century, St Giles-in-the-Fields - and its associated charities - make grants to support individuals, projects, organisations and schools. The main areas of activity are the promotion of education and relieving need – within the area of benefit around Bloomsbury in central London.
Sir Walter St. John's Educational Charity makes grants to promote the education and training of children and young persons under the age of 25 who are resident in the London Boroughs of Wandsworth and Lambeth, and who are in need of financial assistance. Grants may be awarded both to local organisations and to individual students.
The STARS Foundation works to improve the lives of disadvantaged children around the world. It does so by supporting organisations which achieve excellence in the provision of health, education and protection services for children and by encouraging the replication of effective approaches and practices.
The Steel Charitable Trust is a grant-making trust supporting general charitable purposes. It is the policy of the Trustees to make grants to a wide range of charitable bodies, including those mentioned in the Deed of Settlement. It is the policy to distribute 30% of all grants in the Luton and Bedfordshire areas.
The Trust has a Christian basis and is concerned with the development of body, mind and spirit, a just environment, and international goodwill. To this end it supports projects in religious, social, educational and medical fields. It aims to promote and assist innovative research activities or developments with a view to making such work self-supporting, with an emphasis on prevention rather than alleviation of human suffering.
Founded by Leonard Laity Stoate in 1950 the Trust has a strong bias towards Methodism and the south west of England. Other categories of funding include medical and disability, youth and children, and community projects.
The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation (BSCF) was established in 1960 and is a general grant making trust. The Trust Deed of the Foundation allows the trustees to give to charitable causes at their discretion. The aim of the trustees is to help raise the quality of life, particularly for those who are young, disadvantaged or elderly. Each year grants totalling about £2.5 million are made to a wide range of charities.
The Swan Mountain Trust is a small grant-making trust which focusses on the fields of mental health (not disability) and penal affairs. We seek to use our resources effectively and therefore concentrate our grants on small to medium organisations who have a specific, practical need, eg: a piece of equipment or the cost of an activity. Our grants normally range between £500 and £2,000. We do not make grants to individuals for any purpose.
A Charity dedicated to assisting individuals and organisations within Lichfield City. The Trust applies the Charity Funds to help Organisations and Individuals within the boundaries of the City of Lichfield who qualify for help under the terms of the Trust Deed. For example, it assists with grants for the provision or maintenance of public Halls, meeting places, playing fields, sports facilities, public gardens and public open spaces.
In 1988 a group of travellers, civil liberty campaigners and solicitors came together and formally set up the Travellers Aid Trust as a registered charity. The two main objectives of the charity are: the relief of poverty, hardship, sickness and distress amongst travellers and the advancement of education among the children of travellers.
Trust for London are a charitable organisation that exists to reduce poverty and inequality in London. We do this by funding the voluntary and community sector and others, as well as by using our own expertise and knowledge to support work that tackles poverty and its root causes. Trust for London is our new name following the amalgamation of City Parochial Foundation and Trust for London in July 2010.
A grant-giving charitable organisation established in 2004. The Foundation makes grants, gifts or loans within its area of benefit - the relief of sickness.
Tudor is an independent grant-making trust which supports organisations working across the UK. The trust aims to support work which addresses the social, emotional and financial needs of people at the margins of our society.
The UIA Charitable Foundation is a small grant-making trust, established to provide financial support to organisations that help people in need. Funding is focussed on support for people living in poverty, promotion of human rights, overseas development, victims of drug and alcohol addiction, the elderly and people with disabilities, people who are homeless.
Unbound Philanthropy is a private grantmaking foundation dedicated to ensuring that migrants, refugees, and their families are treated with respect and dignity; are able to contribute fully in their new communities; and can ultimately thrive in a society that is comfortable with the diversity and opportunity that immigration brings.
UnLtd is a charity which supports social entrepreneurs - people with vision, drive, commitment and passion who want to change the world for the better. This is achieved by providing a complete package of funding and support, to help these individuals make their ideas a reality.
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Funded by donations from Vodafone UK and from the Vodafone Group Foundation, Vodafone UK Foundation supports a wide range of national and local charities and voluntary organisations across the UK.
The Wakefield and Tetley Trust is an independent charitable trust. We provide grants to support charitable and voluntary activity in the London boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Southwark and the City of London. We aim to support good quality projects that will improve the lives of people and communities experiencing disadvantage.
Walton Charity is an amalgamation of 11 charities, the oldest of which dates back to before 1212. The Charity works in the ‘Ancient Parish of Walton’ to provide almshouses, allotments and grants and relief for those in need. The Charity’s current activities fall into three broad areas: Allotments and community, Housing and Care, Welfare and Benefits.
The Waterloo Foundation is a recently created independent grant-making foundation in the UK. The Foundation gives grants to organisations in both the UK and world-wide. It is particularly interested in projects that help globally particularly in the areas of the disparity of wealth and climate-related issues. The foundation wants to help both the global community and the local community in Wales.
The Trust was set up in 2008 by the branch of the Wates Family that own the Wates Group of businesses. The Trust operates nationally with a focus on education, employment, and training, community programmes and social enterprise. It also supports sustainability in all aspects of society and undertakes research into issues of high social significance. The Trust operates under the Wates Giving brand.
The Foundation was set up in 1966 by three brothers, Norman, Ronald and Alan Wates, Directors of the well-known building firm. The Foundation is co-located with the Wates Group, but has no connection with their commercial interests. Its primary focus is on the young and disadvantaged and it aims to alleviate distress and improve the quality of life. In line with its origins, the Foundation has always had an interest in the built environment and its impact on society.
The Worshipful Company of Weavers is the oldest recorded Livery Company of the City of London. Its principal grant-making charity is The Weavers Company Benevolent Fund which supports projects working with young people who, for any reason, are in need or at risk, as well as the rehabilitation and resettlement of young prisoners and ex-prisoners.
The Trust was set up in 1944 as a memorial to Beatrice Webb. Since 1987 The Trust has funded a wide range of projects in the UK and Eastern Europe. From 2006-2010 most of its expenditure has been used to support two major projects. The first established the Webb Institute of Leadership and Democracy at Ruskin College while the second more publicised project was designed to celebrate the centenary of the Webbs’ Minority report to the Poor Law Commission in 1909. The Trust has committed most of its funding resources to a structured programme that will concentrate on the issues of poverty and inequality in the UK.
The Wellcome Trust is an independent charity funding research to improve human and animal health.
WNST receives one per cent of Wembley Stadium’s annual turnover. This is used to boost participation in sport and recreation at a local, regional and eventually national level.
The Westhill Endowment was set up in 1912 and now offers grants for Christian education.
The Westminster Foundation represents the philanthropic activities of the Grosvenor family, headed by the Duke of Westminster, and the Grosvenor Estate. We are focused on addressing key aspects of poverty in the UK and supporting communities in need.
The White Stuff Foundation aims to ‘make the world a little happier’ by supporting disadvantaged children and young people. We’ve built long-term relationships with small, local charities and support them by giving funds, time and material support.
Founded by William Adlington Cadbury in 1923, this trust funds organisations serving Birmingham and the West Midlands and Ireland, organisations whose work has a national significance, and UK based charities working overseas.
The Wolfson Foundation is a charity awarding grants to support and promote excellence in the fields of science and medicine, the arts and humanities, education and health and disability.
One of the chief interests of the Trust is helping to bring about the elimination of modern-day slavery. Currently, about 27 million children, women and men are enslaved. They are held by force or threat of force, and are unable to escape. This can range from girls and women being trafficked for forced prostitution to bonded labour where, from one generation to another, children are enslaved as a result of their parents' 'debts'.
The Yapp Charitable Trust makes small grants, for running costs and salaries, to small charities in England and Wales to help sustain their existing work. Grants are awarded to charities working with elderly people; children and young people aged 5-25; people with disabilities or mental health problems; people trying to overcome life-limiting problems of a social, rather than medical, origin such as addiction, relationship difficulties, abuse, a history of offending. The trust also makes grants to sustain small charities' work in the fields of education and learning and some money is used to support scientific and medical research.
Yardley Great Trust is a registered charity that: Pays grants aimed at relieving poverty to individuals and organisations; Provides sheltered housing for independent older people; Provides residential care for frail older people at our residential care home in Shard End; and in partnership with Yardley Grange Care Services, provides nursing care at our nursing home in Yardley.
The Trust is funded by the business (Zurich UK) and donations from staff and supporters. The Trust supports issues which are often less popular and where it can make an impact. For example, breaking the cycle of generational drug abuse and support for the most vulnerable old people -such as those who are homeless or abused. The Trust also runs a programme in Southern India which combines long term funding and skill transfer of senior company managers.