Grants for UK registered charities for projects in the areas of arts and heritage UK, cathedrals and major churches, parish churches, arts and heritage overseas, developing countries, education, and health and social welfare.

Application deadline: none – applications may be made at any time.

The Headley Trust is part of the Sainsbury family of charitable trusts.  Grants are available to UK registered charities operating in the following fields:

1. Arts and Heritage UK:
o Regional museums and galleries, with special consideration for curatorial support and acquisitions.
o The display, study and acquisition of British ceramics.
o Conservation of industrial, maritime and built heritage.
o Archaeology.
o Major museums, galleries and libraries (not normally large capital projects).
o Arts education/outreach and access to the arts for disabled and disadvantaged people, and
o Headley Museums Archaeological Acquisition Fund (intended to help museums secure and display notable finds).

2. Cathedrals and Major Churches:
o Restoration or repair work to the fabric of ancient cathedrals, parish church cathedrals and large churches of exceptional architectural merit.

3. Parish Churches:
o Fabric repairs to listed medieval parish churches in sparsely populated and less prosperous rural areas of England and Wales; and the provision of toilet facilities and disabled access within these churches. (The churches are considered by diocese on a rotational basis, twice a year.)

4. Arts and Heritage Overseas:
o Conservation and recording of heritage (including ecclesiastical and vernacular architecture, archaeology and cultural artefacts), primarily in South Eastern Europe (Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina) but also in Turkey and Ethiopia, and
o  Raising awareness of heritage issues in these countries, supporting the capacity of new heritage NGOs, and training the next generation of conservation and heritage professionals.

5. Developing countries: development projects in sub-Saharan Anglophone Africa, under the following general headings:
o Water (sanitation, access, better use of water resources and sanitation projects).
o Environment (sustainable farming and livelihood development).
o Education (helping girls to continue their education beyond primary school, students’ access to secondary and tertiary education and projects to improve the quality of teaching).
o Healthcare (trachoma prevention and treatment programmes in Ethiopia and care for mothers and infants in sub-Saharan Anglophone Africa), and
o Projects tackling the aftermath of conflict in sub-Saharan Anglophone African countries.

6. Education:
o Bursaries for UK graduate students in dance and postgraduate students in classical music, and
o Bursaries for vocational training in traditional crafts, conservation and heritage skills.

7. Health and Social Welfare:
o Support for older people to live independently for as long as possible.
o Projects to improve older people’s quality of life in residential care homes, including supporting people with dementia.
o Support for carers of older people (local & national).
o Support for disadvantaged families and young people, and
o Small grants providing practical aids for disabled people.

There is no minimum or maximum grant award levels. Awards made during the year ending 5 April 2018 - in which the Trust made donations worth £4.2 million - varied significantly and were often for £10,000 or more. Most awards were made for UK arts and heritage (114 awards) and health and social welfare projects (84 awards).

There is no match funding requirement.

A list of all major awards agreed during the year can be found on pages 5-15 of the Trust’s annual accounts.  

Funding is not available for:

o Individuals.
o Educational fees, or
o Expeditions.

Applications may apply at any time in writing or by email. The Trust does not have an application form and requests that applications should cover no more than 2 pages of A4 and must include the following information:

1. The organisation – explaining its charitable aims and objectives, and giving its most recent annual income and expenditure, and current financial position.
2. The project requiring funding – why it is needed, who will benefit and in what way, and the project's timescale.
3. The funding - breakdown of costs, any money raised so far, and how the balance will be raised.
4. How the project's success and impact will be measured, and
5. Contact details.

Further information about the Headley Trust can be found on its website.

Contact details for the Trust are:

The Headley Trust
Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts
The Peak
5 Wilton Road
Tel: 0207 410 0330

(Source: GRIN)

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