UK registered charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs), Faith-based organisations, Museums and galleries, Housing Associations and schools, universities or registered educational charities may apply for either of the following two grant streams, which can be used for:
o Capital costs - funding for tangible things, such as a building project, repairs, equipment etc. A grant is unlikely to be more than around 10% of the total capital project cost. The Foundation recommends that the applicant has around half of its funding identified before applying.
o Revenue/Core Costs - funding for the general costs of what the organisation does - its activity. As a general rule, this funding is unlikely to be more than approximately 10–20% of the organisation’s total annual income.
o Project Costs - funding for a very specific project or activity and would include all the costs involved in delivering the project, including staff costs and a reasonable percentage of overheads if relevant. The Foundation recommends that the applicant has around half of its funding identified before applying.
The two grant streams are:
1. Regular Grants of up to £100,000, and
2. Major Grants of £100,000 and above. (When awarding major grants, the Foundation typically expects the project and organisation's overall annual income to be in excess of £1 million.)
Please note that there is a match funding requirement and that this should be in place before an application is made to the Trust.
Grant awards are normally for a 12-month period. However, the Trustees may making an award for up to 3 years for previously successful applicants, provided they can demonstrate that a longer-term commitment will add value to their organisation’s objectives.
A list of all 1,917 awards made during the Foundation's last financial year can be found on pages 34-61 of its annual accounts.
Projects should fall within at least one of the following categories:
o Arts - Both revenue and capital grants for a wide range of organisations (from small community theatre groups to national arts galleries) that engage with a variety of audiences and that can demonstrate their impact and quality.
o Community - A large volume of grants are made every year to community projects, many of which rely on the time and goodwill of volunteers. The majority of projects tend to be relatively small compared to other categories due to their local grass-roots nature, and correspondingly the grants made tend to be smaller in comparison. Typical projects supported include revenue grants for volunteering schemes and capital grants for the restoration of village halls and community centres and for facilities to support community life.
o Education - Grants to support education, from small local projects such as reading schemes and after school clubs, to major institutions such as universities.
o Environment - Grants to support a range of environment projects ranging from organisations that raise public awareness of, and find solutions to, specific issues such as sustainable fishing, in addition to charities that undertake active conservation work.
o Faith - Grants to support simple but practical projects that enable religious buildings to be used for an inclusive range of charitable purposes by their local communities. Capital grants include funds towards the instillation of basic amenities such as lavatories and kitchen facilities and for restoration works to historic church buildings.
o Health - Grants range from specialist care homes and hospices, charities specialising in the treatment and support for specific illnesses, to translational research focusing on medical breakthroughs that will benefit generations now and in the future.
o Museums and Heritage - Grants to support organisations that conserve and interpret the nation’s heritage for future generations, ensuring it is accessible and available to all.
o Welfare - Grants for charities that work with a variety of causes and groups including the elderly, homeless, disability and special needs and those in the criminal justice system. Grants made reflect a charity’s size and the nature of the work or project being undertaken.
o Youth - Grants for charities that consistently demonstrate the commitment of volunteers and professionals across the country to support and inspire young people to achieve their potential. This includes small local groups, such as girl guides and youth clubs to larger national youth development charities.
Applications for a Regular Grant may be made at any time and they will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. It takes around four months from the time an application is received to notification of a decision.
Major Grants cannot be applied for via the Foundation’s website. Instead, applicants should email a one-page summary to grants administrator Ciara Molloy outlining what they are raising funds for, the total cost and fundraising target. They will then be given bespoke guidance on whether they are eligible.
The guidelines and an online application form can be found on the Foundation's website. Groups should read the guidelines before starting the application process.
Contact details for the Foundation are:
Garfield Weston Foundation
10 Grosvenor Street
Tel: 020 7399 6565