In recent years the Trust’s focus has been on the following areas:
1. Sustainable livelihood projects in Africa, such as small business support and training, and microfinance in both urban and rural, regions, with a preference for initiatives in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan. The Trust also welcomes appeals that support and protect street children.
2. Work with families affected by domestic abuse in England, Scotland and Wales. The Trust funds projects that work with survivors or perpetrators of domestic abuse, and
3. Work by organisations that help to improve the lives of prisoners and former offenders in England, Scotland and Wales. The Trust funds projects that offer practical help to rehabilitate offenders and help them to prepare for life after release.
Registered charities in England, Scotland and Wales may apply for a grant of up to £4,000 over 2-3 years for projects that take place in England, Scotland and/or Wales. Grants up to £5,000 are available for up to 3 years for projects in parts of Africa (principally Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda). Larger awards are occasionally made.
There is no specific requirement for matched funding.
The Trust has a long list of exclusions for which funding will not be considered. The full list of excluded areas is available on the Trust’s website.
Applications, which may be made at any time in writing, must be no longer than two sides of A4 and should include:
o How the need for the proposal was identified.
o The organisation's track record in doing related work.
o How the organisation will know that the project has benefited, or will benefit, the communities with whom it works.
o How the organisation ensures the safety of the people it is supporting when it is working with them.
o The applicant’s charity registration number.
o A budget for the current and following year.
o Details of funding already received, promised or applied for from other sources, and the applicant's
o Latest annual report/accounts in the shortest available form.
Further information is available on the Trust’s website. The Trust meets every 3 months to review applications.
Contact details for the Trust are:
The Noel Buxton Trust
PO Box 520
(The Trust does not advertise an email address or a phone number.)