What We Fund

We welcome applications from local charities, community groups and voluntary organisations that are engaged in tackling social need and economic disadvantage at a grass-roots level. Our clients are keen to match their giving to local needs and the following list, although not exhaustive, offers a flavour of the themes that our donors like to address.

  • Community cohesion
  • The environment
  • The elderly
  • Minority groups
  • Young people
  • Economic disadvantage
  • Social exclusion
  • Rural isolation
  • Crime reduction
  • Substance mis-use and addiction
  • Skills development and confidence-building
  • Education and Lifelong learning
  • Sport as a vehicle for social inclusion

The current focus of our clients is broad, however, we are unlikely to support:

  • Political organisations and pressure groups
  • Religious organisations, where the primary aim of the project is the promotion of faith
  • Individuals, unless the specific focus of a fund
  • General appeals
  • Sports organisations where no obvious charitable element exists
  • Medical research
  • Statutory bodies e.g. schools, local authorities and councils, although we will consider applications from school PTAs if the intended project is non- statutory in nature
  • Animal welfare
  • Arts and heritage projects unless there exists a clear, demonstrable community benefit
  • Large capital projects
  • Retrospective applications for projects that have taken place