Connecting people who care with causes that matter in Denbighshire

October 2012 saw the official launch of the Denbighshire Community Endowment Fund at Ruthin Arts Centre. The fund was formed as a result of the Foundation's work with Denbighshire County Council which agreed to transfer small and inactive dormant charitable trusts to the Foundation's stewardship.

The endowment income from this fund will now support locally-run voluntary organisations, charities, projects and individuals within Denbighshire County.

The Denbighshire Community Endowment Fund helps people who want to make a difference – with charitable giving or with community action, by:

  • gathering donations and targeting funding to meet needs and strengthen communities in Denbighshire
  • working with  local people to advise on grant making decisions
  • awarding grants to grass roots groups and projects which often fall under the radar of funders and donors
  • supporting the educational aspirations of young people

Councillor Hugh Evans OBE, Leader of Denbighshire, explained: "When we were contacted by the Community Foundation in Wales, we became really enthusiastic about contributing the monies to create this education-focussed Fund for Denbighshire. We now have a very good way forward, the money available is going to be invested well, funding will be released to just causes within our communities, and that will, hopefully, reap benefits to our residents, now and for years to come".

For information about how to apply for a grant, visit

Liza Kellett, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation in Wales said, "We are delighted to be working in partnership with Denbighshire County Council. By working together, we can make sure that the funding is targeted effectively but we also want the fund to grow so more local groups can benefit in the future. Initially, the Fund will maintain the education focus of the first gift, but as more people, businesses and trusts add their donations to the Fund, the charitable objectives and grant criteria will broaden. We invite people living in the county to consider gifting a donation to their communities. Local giving for local action really does make a difference."

If you would like to make a donation to the Denbighshire Community Endowment Fund:

  • complete a donation form, or
  • send a cheque to the Foundation (made payable to the Community Foundation in Wales and marked on the reverse 'Denbighshire Community Endowment Fund').

  • If you are eligible to claim gift aid on your donation please could you complete the Gift Aid form in order for us to maximise your donation. Thank you.

      Cllr hughes (left), liza kellett (right) and the launch team celebrating the new fund for Denbighshire