The Foundation continues to support organisations that delight and inspire audiences across the UK. From small community theatre groups to national art galleries, the Foundation has long supported the nation’s cultural life. We recognise that fundraising for what can sometimes be deemed intangible is challenging, so the Foundation continues to make both revenue and Capital grants to organisations that engage with a variety of audiences and that can demonstrate excellence and impact.
A consistent theme of the Foundation since its inception in 1958 has been the importance placed on the
support for education work, from the smallest local and volunteer projects such as reading schemes and
after school clubs, to major national institutions such as universities and museums.
The Foundation supports a range of environment projects ranging from organisations that raise public awareness of, and to undertake finding solutions to specific issues (e.g. sustainable fishing sources and community based solutions such as gardens) in addition to charities that actively deliver conservation projects.
This category of grants consistently features highly amongst the total value of funds that the Foundation is able to make available every year, in recognition of the amazing work that a vast number of organisations undertake. Grants made ranged from specialist care homes and hospices, charities specialising in the treatment of specific illnesses to major research organisations focusing on making medical breakthroughs that will benefit generations now and in the future.
This category demonstrates the impact the Foundation’s funds are able to make to local communities by providing funds towards simple but practical and effective projects that enable religious buildings to be used for a wider range of charitable purposes by their local communities. Capital grants include funds towards the instillation of basic amenities (such as toilets, kitchen facilities and disabled access) and for restoration works to historic church buildings such as roof repairs.
This is perhaps our broadest of categories supporting charities that work with a variety of causes and groups including the elderly, homelessness, special needs and the criminal justice system. As one may expect this means that grants made range greatly in size for revenue and capital grants.
Charities supported within this category of grants consistently demonstrate the commitment of volunteers
and professionals across the country to support and inspire young people to achieve their potential.
From small local groups, such as girl guides and youth clubs to larger organisations. The Foundation
is proud to support organisations that are caring for and inspiring young
The Foundation makes a large volume of grants every year to Community projects, many of which rely on the time and goodwill of volunteers across the country. The majority of projects tend to be relatively small compared to other categories due to their local nature, and correspondingly the grants made tend to be smaller when compared to the other categories. Typical projects supported include revenue grants for community transport schemes and volunteering schemes and capital grants for the restoration of village halls and community centres.