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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, Heath, 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:
- 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
- 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 is available in the most recent Trust’s accounts on the Charity Commission website.