THE AUSTIN AND HOPE PILKINGTON TRUST (ROUND 3, 2024)

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

Revenue grants of £1,000 are available for UK charities with an annual turnover of between £100,000 and £1,000,000 for projects that address food poverty, with a focus on providing nutritious meals, food education, cooking skills, and eliminating food waste.
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Application deadlineWEDNESDAY 31st JULY 2024.
o FunderThe Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust (founded 1968. Charity No: 255274. Total value of all grants awarded during the year ended 31 December 2023: £282,254 (2022: £302,301; 2021: £306,164; 2020: £327,152)).
o Who can applyUK registered charities with an annual turnover of between £100,000 and £1 million.
o Key words: Food Poverty, Food Education, Eliminating Food Waste, Developing Cooking Skills, United Kingdom.
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The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust operates a 3-year grant rotation system, with different areas of interest funded each year.

The Foundation has the following priorities for 2024:

1. Rounds 1 (Grants of up to £1,000) and 2 (Grants of up to £5,000) – disability, specifically employment and training for people living with disabilities to ensure better access.
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Rounds 3 (Grants of up to £1,000) and 4 (Grants of up to £5,000) – food poverty, with a focus on providing nutritious meals, food education, cooking skills, and eliminating food waste.

Support will be available for the priorities below in 2025 (full details will be published toward the end of 2024):

1. Rounds 1 (up to £1,000) and 2 (up to £5,000) – the Arts: Improving Access.
2. Rounds 3 (up to £1,000) and 4 (up to £5,000) – Refugees and Asylum Seekers.

The Trust alternates between offering grants of £1,000 (Rounds 1 and 3) and £5,000 (Rounds 2 and 4) each year. For grants of £1,000, applicants must have an annual turnover of between £100,000 and £1,000,000. For grants of £5,000, applicants must have an annual turnover of over £1 million. Charities may only apply for one round per calendar year.

The Trust has a tendency to award grants to UK charities that are known to the Trust. Charities that, at some stage, would like to apply for a grant could consider making themselves known to the Trust through a letter of introduction.

A list of all donations made during the year can be viewed on pages 18-20 of the Trust’s annual accountsDetails of previously successful applicants are also available on the Trust’s website.

Funding is not available for:

o Animal welfare charities.
o Any not-for-profit organisation (eg social enterprise and community foundation) that is not a UK registered charity or organisation exempt from registration.
o Capital projects, including churches, schools, hospitals, hospices, museums, galleries and theatres.

o Charities involved with religion (including repair of church fabric).
o Charities with an income of less than £100,000.
o Churches even when they are used by community groups.
o Holidays, including respite holidays.
o Individuals, including individuals embarking on a trip overseas with a charitable organisation.
o Minibuses or other vehicles.
o Overseas projects.
o Scouts, Guides, Cubs, Brownies.
o Schools, including activities.
o Sea Cadets.

o Shop mobility services.
o Students, 
or
o Village halls.

Further information, guidance, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and an online application form is available on the Trust’s website.

The deadline for the 3rd application round of 2024, which opened on Monday 1st July 2024, is Wednesday 31st July 2024.