Grant-making Policy

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The Trustees make discretionary grants where they believe that their contribution will make a real difference.

The five current funding priority categories are Arts & Heritage, Education, Environment, Health, and Social or Economic Disadvantage.


Applications will be considered from:

  • Charities registered in any part of the United Kingdom
  • Organisations that have recently applied for charitable status in the UK
  • Exempt Charities (see schedule 3 of the Charities Act 2011) such as recognised educational institutions and Government or municipally-funded museums
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs)
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs)

Applications will not be considered from:

  • Individuals
  • Charities registered outside the UK
  • Political parties

Grant purposes, sizes and restrictions

Applications must be for charitable purposes that fall into one of the five core categories below; applications for purposes outside these categories are only permitted at the direct invitation of a Trustee:

  • Arts and Heritage
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Social or Economic Disadvantage

Grants are generally made as single payments between £2,500 and £25,000. A follow-up report is expected within 10 months of payment from any applicant in receipt of an award of £20,000 or more.

In some cases, larger grants are awarded in instalments, payable over a period of years, usually on the condition that satisfactory progress reports are submitted at regular intervals.

Applicants may apply for support towards:

  • capital projects
  • specific projects
  • research programmes
  • core costs

Very few restrictions are imposed on the purpose for which a grant may be used. However, the Trust does not fund expeditions or projects that promote religion. A list of recent grants made can be found here.

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